KJZZ News

Nuns on the Bus visit sparks rally
Crowds formed near the intersection of Camelback Road and 22nd Street in Phoenix on Wednesday as a group of Catholic nuns climbed down from a large tour bus for a scheduled visit to the offices of U.S.
Sept. 20, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District has a tight deadline to develop ethnic studies curriculum
The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Theatre Company deals with deficit and plans for new artistic director
Arizona Theatre Company's Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein will leave the position in December after more than 20 years. Goldstein said he is ready for new career challenges, including the opportunity to direct plays in other cities.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Wildfire closer to full containment but still challenges firefighters
Firefighters are expected to work the Doce Wildfire near Prescott through the weekend.  The blaze is now 90 percent contained, and mop up operations are ready to begin. The human-caused wildfire started June 18.
Sept. 20, 2013
Protective fire shields, used in Yarnell Hill Fire, are not always effective
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
How magazine covers influence consumers
The latest edition of The New Yorker magazine has led to a lot of debate about same sex marriage and childhood icons. It features Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television, a reference to the high court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT finalizes three proposed routes for Phoenix-Tucson commuter rail service
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a new map that identifies three possible routes for its dream project, a proposed commuter rail service linking Phoenix and Tucson. ADOT plans to narrow it down to a final train route by early next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live In Area Serviced By Medical Marijuana Dispensary
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On The Expansion Of State Route 260 West
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It  will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Sept. 20, 2013

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