KJZZ News

Long-Term Care Facilities Still Struggling With PPE Shortage, Testing
Last week, Maricopa County reached a grim milestone: More than 1,000 residents in long-term care have now died from the coronavirus. For more about what’s happening in these types of congregate settings, The Show spoke with KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie.
Sept. 8, 2020
Can Maricopa County Voters Correct Mistakes On Mail-In Ballots?
Arizona voters in Maricopa County are getting instructions to “correct” a wrong vote and cast their vote as desired — without requesting a new ballot. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has prepared directions to do so — directions that appear to be legally questionable, but that will be sent to voters nonetheless.
Sept. 8, 2020
BBC Look-Ahead: Julian Assange Extradition Trial Begins
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange begins extradition hearings, France and Spain see steep rises in COVID-19 cases, and floods threaten ancient African pyramids.
Sept. 8, 2020
KJZZ Wins National Award For ‘Migrant Journey’ Series
A KJZZ project chronicling migrant travels from Central America has been awarded the 2020 Kaleidoscope Award for local radio from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Last year, KJZZ's Fronteras Desk reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. in “Tracing The Migrant Journey.”
Sept. 8, 2020
Land Auction Appears To Have New Criteria For Bidders
More than 4 square miles of state-owned land in Apache Junction is being auctioned off in October. The minimum bid is set at $68 million, which some opponents say is a low price tag for the land.
Sept. 8, 2020
Apache Junction Students, Teachers Return To The Classroom
Students and teachers at the Apache Junction Unified School District are back in the classroom together on Tuesday. It's the first time since the school year started in July.
Sept. 8, 2020
University Of Arizona Set To Return To Sports After False Positives
The University of Arizona could return to athletic activities next week after retests of COVID-19 for 13 student-athletes have shown 11 false positives. There also were four false positives among 12 non-athletes tested at the campus health center in retests reported Sunday.
Sept. 8, 2020
Hotels House Those Most Vulnerable To Virus
During the pandemic, seven hotels across four Valley cities are housing people experiencing homelessness. Phoenix is using up to $3,488,927 in federal relief funds to cover about 100 hotel rooms for a year.
Sept. 8, 2020
In AZ Tribes Lawsuit, Judge Halts Plans To Speed Up Census Count
The deadline for Census counting had been Oct. 31, but last month, the Trump administration announced plans to cut that short and stop counting at the end of September. The Navajo and Gila River tribes joined civil rights groups in a lawsuit saying the expedited plan would harm hard-to-count communities.
Sept. 7, 2020
Arizonans Slow To Respond To Census
As of Friday, 61% of Arizonans have responded to the U.S. census. The state ranks below the national average of 65% and that means potentially leaving funding and services on the table.
Sept. 7, 2020
Navajo Confronting Challenges Of Census During Pandemic
The Navajo Nation has set up roadblocks to distribute information about the U.S. census. The Navajo face a number of challenges gathering census data, and are working to catch up before the Sept. 30 deadline.
Sept. 7, 2020
City Of Kingman Focuses On Getting Tourists Back
The pandemic is still taking a major toll on tourism. That’s been especially hard on Kingman. Mayor Jen Miles said the Mohave County city is trying to be proactive in keeping local businesses afloat.
Sept. 7, 2020
Will Labor Day College Parties Lead To More COVID-19?
Arizona saw a surge in COVID-19 cases in June following Memorial Day weekend. Public health experts say the virus could spread more following Labor Day weekend as well.
Sept. 7, 2020
New CDC Rule Limits Evictions Beyond Arizonas Deadline
With many Arizonans struggling to pay rent, Gov. Doug Ducey has extended the state’s eviction moratorium through the end of October. But now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its own eviction ban that will last through the end of the year.
Sept. 7, 2020
Grand Canyon University Welcomes Largest Ever Incoming Class
With more than 8,200 new students, this year’s incoming class will be Grand Canyon University's largest ever. In total, more than 23,000 students will begin the new semester at the Christian university’s Phoenix campus, though classes won’t be held in-person right away.
Sept. 7, 2020
Older Adults Often Left Out Of Clinical Trials For Vaccines
Historically, older adults have been underrepresented in clinical trials for certain treatments. But with the coronavirus, it’s critical that older adults be included in vaccine trials since the virus can impact them at higher rates.
Sept. 7, 2020
MAG Program Trying To Help Older Adults In Rural Arizona
Many of Arizona’s older adults live in rural communities. It can make aging in Arizona and across the country challenging, especially when it comes to transportation. The Maricopa Association of Governments has been trying to bridge that gap with an innovative project designed to expand services.
Sept. 7, 2020
Virus Relief Helps Bring Electricity To Navajo Homes
The Navajo Nation said Sunday that electric line crews are working to connect more homes to the grid ahead of a December 2020 deadline to use the funds. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority plans to extend electricity to 510 families.
Sept. 7, 2020
Grand Canyons Silver Bridge Closed Until Further Notice
The National Park Service announced that the Silver Bridge in the Grand Canyon will be closed immediately due to structural concerns. Hikers use the bridge near Phantom Ranch.
Sept. 7, 2020
Poll: Support For Trump Among Military, Vet Community Declining
A recent Military Times poll showed significant declines in the President Donald Trump's approval rating among active duty troops. President Trump’s disapproval rating is now higher than his approval rating ever was with that group. What does that mean in a battleground state where 10% of the adult population served in the military?
Vet Leaders Aren’t Surprised By Trump’s 'Losers,' 'Suckers' Comments
Sept. 7, 2020

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