KJZZ News

Marijuana goes to school
A university in Northern California has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.Humboldt State University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.
Sept. 20, 2013
After Historic Downturn, Is It Finally Time For Recovery?
It's been half a decade of misery for many Americans who have lost their homes, their retirement, and their jobs to the Great Recession. But there are signs of recovery, too. We want to hear your story -- maybe you finally found a good job, or retirement seems possible again, or you're climbing back from bankruptcy, or your house regained its value.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to consider changes to election system
The Arizona legislature will be looking at proposed changes to the state's election system when their session starts in January.State lawmakers Michele Reagan (R-Scottsdale) and Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) agree it's important to make those changes in 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Operation Fast and Furious investigation winding down
The government's investigation into the gunwalking program Operation Fast and Furious is wrapping up, with the sentencing Wednesday of some of the final suspects. But major questions remain about why federal officials decided allowing guns to be carried across the border was a good policy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Electoral college vote brings finality to 2012 election
As part of the nation's electoral college vote this morning, Arizona's 11 Republican presidential electors cast their votes for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket at the state capitol. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports this final ceremony means the 2012 general election is officially behind us.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona agency warns airport scales not always accurate
Holiday travel is picking up, and one state agency is warning airline passengers to watch out when they weigh their bags. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Inspectors from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures checked out scales in 22 terminals at Sky Harbor, Mesa Gateway and Tucson International airports earlier this month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Whooping cough cases on the rise in Arizona
Cases of pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- have spiked in Arizona this year. The Arizona Department of Health Services says as of December 15, the state’s seen 913 reported cases of pertussis and one death.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona hospitals get creative to make up for uncompensated care
Less than a month after Phoenix approved a plan to tax its hospitals, another Arizona city is looking to do the same thing. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Phoenix officials say their new ordinance will bring in $200 million federal matching dollars, to help pay hospitals for treating patients without insurance.
Sept. 20, 2013
New science building to open at Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon National Park science staff is moving to an energy-efficient facility.The new 8,800 square-foot building has a water conservation system and will use solar power. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building is Tuesday, but it won’t open until next month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wal-Mart and alleged bribery in Mexico
Two members of Congress have released information indicating the CEO of Wal-Mart knew as early as 2005 that the company’s Mexican unit was passing out bribes.Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Henry Waxman of California, who are investigating bribery charges at Wal-Mart, have released documents they obtained from a confidential source that indicates Mike Duke and other senior Wal-Mart officials were informed about bribery allegations multiple times.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona business leaders promote Common Core standards
Arizona business leaders told members of the state House of Representatives Wednesday that the new Common Core standards for K-12 schools will help companies fill available jobs. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Grande Cultural Park to open Saturday
Mesa officials will open a new city park Saturday morning. The Mesa Grande Cultural Park includes an earthen mound created by the Hohokam, along with trails and pottery. It will include trails and several stations to interpret what visitors are looking at.
Sept. 20, 2013
City of Phoenix gets a D for spending transparency
The public interest group says the City of Phoenix is not open enough about how it spends taxpayer money. The group released a report Wednesday that gave Phoenix a below-average rating. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The Arizona Public Interest Research Group, known as PIRG, gave the city of Phoenix a ‘D’ for spending transparency.
Sept. 20, 2013
Living in hot places
In his new book, Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places, Bill Streever writes about how heat has affected humans and the world.KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with Streever about why we choose to live in hot places and how heat continues to impact our lives.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM stresses importance compassion during wild horse roundups
The federal agency that protects wild horses is emphasizing the importance of treating the animals with care during roundups. Since the 1970s, U.S. law has required the Bureau of Land Management to treat wild horses humanely when culling overpopulated herds on public land.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mass shootings prompt bill that changes mental health detainment law
An Arizona House committee has given initial approval to a bill making it easier for police to detain people believed to be a danger to themselves or others because of a mental health issue.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homeless court expands throughout Maricopa County
A court system for homeless people is expanding in Maricopa County. It was created seven years ago to resolve minor offenses. Now the system has a new name and can be found in every town in the county.
Sept. 20, 2013
More funding for Child Protective Services
Arizona's Child Protective Services agency will get emergency funding to hire more caseworkers and other employees, but Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter says additional money sought by Governor Jan Brewer will dramatically improve the situation.
Sept. 20, 2013

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