KJZZ News

Mexican president proposes telecom reform
Mexico’s President has proposed major telecommunications reforms that are supported by the nation’s three major political parties.The changes would create two new national television channels and form a powerful independent regulatory commission along the lines of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.
Mar. 11, 2013
Department of Agriculture targets citrus-killing insect
Agriculture officials are trying to prevent an insect-borne disease from wiping out citrus in western Arizona. Adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (Photo by David Hall/USDA ARS) The Asian Citrus Psyllid is only about as big as the tip of a ballpoint pen, but it can do a lot of damage.
Mar. 11, 2013
Crossing Antarctica with Borge Ousland
Wondering what it might be like to travel across Antarctica by yourself? National Geographic Explorer Borge Ousland has done it.Ousland explains how he prepared — mentally and physically — for the trek.
Mar. 11, 2013
Tucson bats moving into condos
Tucson bats are finding themselves homeless as their natural habitats like caves and mines are disappearing due to urban development. The bats tried moving into city dwellings, but now even the bats' newfound homes are being threatened.
Mar. 11, 2013
Advocates pleased with Governor Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal includes $2 million dollars in restored funding for Arizona State Parks, but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs. Arizona’s  31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling more than $80 million dollars in recent years and currently the state provides no money for the parks from the general fund.
Mar. 11, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Mar. 11, 2013
Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hits $4 billion in assests
The state fund that holds and invests money from the sale of Arizona trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion mark at the end of February.
Mar. 11, 2013
Debate continues over $2 student fee
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's Association be overturned.
Mar. 11, 2013
Alligator swims with prosthetic tail
History was made this week at the Phoenix Herpetological Society when an alligator swam with a prosthetic tail for the first time. President of the society, Russ Johnson says the tail will enable the gator to walk and swim like the rest of his predatory kin, but it may take some time for the gator to adjust.
Mar. 11, 2013
Senate committee looks to restrict eligibility for jobless benefits
A state Senate Committee will again this week attempt to vote on a bill putting more responsibility on people filing for jobless benefits. Representative Warren Petersen's bill would require workers to submit documents, if the employer tells DES the worker quit or abandoned the position.
Mar. 11, 2013
Airport restaurant fire causes scare
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
Mar. 11, 2013
Voting continues in Phoenix on 3 issues
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
Mar. 11, 2013
Arizona National Guard Faces Sequester Cuts
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget. The chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
Mar. 11, 2013
Arizona ranks 6th in nation for clean energy job creation
A new report says Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and transportation.   The study by the E2 Environmental Entrepreneur group and the Natural Resources Defense Council says Arizona ranked behind California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Connecticut  in clean energy and transportation job growth in 2012.
Mar. 11, 2013
Arizona ranchers hoping for a good summer, despite ongoing drought
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
Mar. 11, 2013
Rollin
This weekend marks the 10th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Avondale's Christina Underhill and Darren Julian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department about the event. One of the three rivers part of the Tres Rios Nature Festival.
Mar. 9, 2013
Tucson mulls rule on lost and stolen guns
If your gun is lost or stolen, do you have to tell police? In Tucson, the answer will soon be yes if a city proposal gets the green light. But the idea has proved instantly controversial. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is behind the measure, which would require gun owners to notify police within 48 hours of their weapon being lost or stolen.
Mar. 8, 2013
Hailstorm hits Valley
Pea sized hail from a strong early afternoon thunderstorm in the East Valley. (Photo by Carol Harvey - KJZZ) Pea- and nickel-sized hail pounded parts of the Valley Friday afternoon. The late-winter storm is also bringing snow to Northern Arizona.
Mar. 8, 2013
Valley housing prices up sharply in January
New numbers from ASU show an almost unheard of jump in Phoenix-area home prices. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Mike Orr, with ASU’s WP Carey School of Business, says an increase of more than 35 percent has only happened once before, and that was during a bubble.
Mar. 8, 2013
Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed Near Arizona Wildlife Refuge
A proposed cross-border natural gas pipeline in southern Arizona is leading to concerns about the protection of a wildlife refuge in the area.  Texas-based Kinder Morgan Company wants to construct the 200 million dollar pipeline that would transport El Paso natural gas to customers in Mexico.
Mar. 8, 2013

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