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Arizona leads nation in high school dropout rate, despite improvement
Arizona has one of the lowest high school graduation rates and the highest drop out rate in the country. Those are some of the facts in a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the graduation numbers are actually an improvement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona National Guard unit deploys to Afghanistan
Even as President Barack Obama and military officials plan for the end of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, tens of thousands of American servicemen and women are being deployed to that war zone. One hundred Arizona National Guardsmen will be the latest to head overseas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Office shooting suspect found dead
Mesa police have discovered a vehicle and body matching the description of a shooting suspect from Wednesday's deadly attack at an office building in Central Phoenix. A body resembling shooting suspect Arthur Douglas Harmon was found Thursday morning at Mesa Riverview shopping center.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flu outbreak in Arizona picking up pace
Arizona's flu season gained momentum with a reported 1,500 new cases surfacing last week. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Lynn Kelly reports. Arizona and the nation are seeing a lot more flu cases this year over last.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homebuilders dig deep for new land
Homebuilders in Arizona made a push to buy up empty land at the end of December -- another sign they are feeling confident in the market. The 2012 year-end report by Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business shows those builders have renewed interest in empty dirt lots.
Sept. 20, 2013
Daniel Hernandez quest to be a role model rather than a hero
Daniel Hernandez, credited by many for saving Gabrielle Giffords' life, talks about Jan. 8, 2011 and how he has adjusted to immediate fame.
Sept. 20, 2013
Restaurants help develop Phoenix neighborhood
Several local restaurants have clustered in a central Phoenix neighborhood. One hang-out spot at Central and Indian School in Phoenix. (Photo by Nick Blumberg - KJZZ) KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with food writer Gwen Ashley Walters about why that's happened, and what it's meant for the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Educating Arizona - A new series by 91.5 KJZZ beginning Feb. 25
Critics of Arizona public schools have long worried that our children are falling behind. Business leaders have asked lawmakers to make changes to the public school system so that they’ll have the workforce they need for the future.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pension reform put to a vote in Phoenix
No matter where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona and the Voting Rights Act
Attorney General Tom Horne wants Arizona to be freed from some provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which was created during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg explains how provisions currently apply to Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sheriff Arpaio breaks shoulder
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell and broke his shoulder Thursday. This photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his wife at the hospital was tweeted from the @RealSheriffJoe account Thursday. (Photo via Joe Arpaio on Twitter) The 80-year-old sheriff went to St.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fight in Arizona prison results in complex lock-down
An Arizona prison complex remains locked down Monday morning, after a fight early Sunday involving about 400 inmates. Corrections officials say they stopped the fighting fairly quickly but that a couple staffers and 17 inmates were injured.
Sept. 20, 2013
Home prices up 22.7 percent
Home prices in the Phoenix area increased by 22.7 percent in January making it the largest increase in the nation. CoreLogic’s report released today says the change represents the 11th consecutive month of national price increases.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds evaluate Palo Verdes emergency plans
More than 400 city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies took part Wednesday in a test of the country’s largest nuclear power plant’s emergency plans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports on what federal evaluators were looking for at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, west of Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Catholic Cardinals select new pope
VATICAN CITY (Associated Press) — Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.
Sept. 20, 2013
UA: Flu peaks related to humidity extremes
Flu season has long been associated with winter, but a new study suggests transmission of the disease has more to do with humidity than with temperature. The heart of the study is this: Researchers don’t really know why flu is seasonal, said Univesity of Arizona's Andrew Comrie.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recession-stalled concrete shell finds new life as senior housing
Looking at the health of commercial real estate in the Valley, the picture’s a bit mixed. Depending on where you’re standing and what you’re trying to build, financing new development can be tough.
Sept. 20, 2013
When will Scottsdales Desert Discovery Center be built?
Scottsdale's plans for the Desert Discovery Center calls for the project to have informative and artistic exhibits on the Sonoran Desert. There are many supporters, but funding and location continue to be challenges.
Sept. 20, 2013
FAA to close towers at four Arizona airports
Four Arizona airports are on the FAA’s list for tower closures, due to the sequester cuts.Phoenix Goodyear, Glendale Muni, Laughlin-Bullhead International and Ryan Field in Tucson all made the list – overall, 149 towers nationwide will close, starting on April 7.
Sept. 20, 2013

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