KJZZ News

Navajo Man Accused Of Stealing Painting Of His Grandfather
A chance encounter with a familiar, yet unfamiliar image has led to a trial scheduled to start Monday morning. Derek Michael Begay faces three charges, including a felony, for taking a painting off the wall at an art auction last year and refusing to give it back.
Jan. 24, 2020
The Friday NewsCap Jan. 24, 2020
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. The Show discussed the week in news with Doug Cole, chief operating officer at HighGround, and former state lawmaker Ken Clark.
Jan. 24, 2020
Several Grammy-Nominated Artists Have Arizona Ties
Sunday night is the 62nd Grammy Awards. R&B artist Alicia Keys is hosting again this year after having a successful award show last year. But if you’re watching the annual music award show this weekend, you might notice a few Arizona names. Three artists with local ties are nominated for multiple awards this year.
Jan. 24, 2020
Arizona Realtor Listing Decommissioned Missile Silos
Every so often on one of those house hunting-type shows, the buyers will be looking for something pretty unorthodox — a cave or ruins, or something like that. Realtor Grant Hampton has some listings that might fit that bill — decommissioned missile silos. Hampton joined The Show to explains why sellers selling these properties.
Jan. 24, 2020
How Much Is Needed To Fill AZs Special Ed Funding Gap?
The mechanism for funding special education in Arizona has not been adjusted in more than 20 years. This despite a twofold increase in students diagnosed on the autism spectrum between 2007 and 2017 and a spending gap of nearly $100 million uncovered during an audit 13 years ago has yet to be addressed.
Jan. 24, 2020
How Can We Learn From Indigenous Communities Foodways?
Indigenous foodways and Native ingredients are becoming buzzwords in the food world today. The Show talked with Kathleen Merrigan of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at ASU and former deputy secretary of the USDA, and Janie Simms Hipp, CEO of the Native American Agricultural Fund.
Jan. 24, 2020
Apache Chef Uses Food As Medicine For His People
A decade ago, it looked like Chef Nephi Craig was on the verge of something big. He had left a burgeoning international career in the restaurant industry to come back home to Whiteriver, Arizona, a small town on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona, where his people — the White Mountain Apaches — are from.
Jan. 24, 2020
3 Mesa Schools Part Of Rethink. Refill. Project To Cut Down On Plastic Waste
Three elementary schools in Mesa are participating in a plastic waste reduction initiative that aims to keep millions of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream. The “Rethink. Refill.” project was created by an international nonprofit called Plastic Oceans.
Jan. 24, 2020
Coal Industry On Navajo Nation Could End With Plant Closure
The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico, in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038.
Jan. 24, 2020
Flags At Half-Staff For Arizonan Killed In Australia Crash
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday to honor a Buckeye man killed in a plane crash while fighting wildfires in Australia. Paul Clyde Hudson, 42, was a “hero who represented Arizona's very best,” Ducey said in a statement released by his office Friday.
Jan. 24, 2020
Arizona Unemployment Rate Slips To 4.6% In December
Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in December, down from 4.7% in November as the state's economy added 6,500 non-farm jobs. The month-to-month jobs increase was higher than the 10-year average gain of 4,500 jobs in December, the Arizona Commerce Authority reported Thursday.
Jan. 24, 2020
Controversies In Mexico As Migrant Caravans Arrive
Caravans of thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico on their way to the American Dream. But the Mexican government is trying to stop them and sending many back to their homeland. Is Mexico still honoring its open-door policy to refugees or following instructions from Washington?
Jan. 24, 2020
Court: Divorced Woman Cant Use Frozen Embryos
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday a woman will not be allowed to use her frozen embryos to have a baby after her ex-husband objected. The court’s ruling is based on the couple’s signed contract with a fertility clinic stating both parties must agree to implantation if they separate or divorce. Otherwise, the embryos must be donated.
Jan. 23, 2020
Study Says Faking Your Feelings At Work Could Backfire
Anyone who's waited tables or sat through a performance review knows the importance of projecting positivity. But new research in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests faking your feelings can sometimes do more harm than good.
Jan. 23, 2020
Maricopa County Elections Department Launches New Voter Dashboard
The Maricopa County Elections Department has launched a new website to help voters prepare for the 2020 election season. Spokesperson Erika Flores says the county elections department is expecting a historic voter turnout for the March 17 presidential preference election.
Jan. 23, 2020
Water Rule Leaves Ephemeral Streams Unprotected
The Trump administration made final its definition for Waters of the United States. And it has big implications for Arizona. “EPA and the Army [Corps of Engineers] are providing much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers, landowners and businesses to support the economy and accelerate critical infrastructure projects."
Jan. 23, 2020
Arizona Firefighters To Help Battle Australian Bushfires
At least 10 Arizona firefighters traveled to Australia this week to help battle devastating bushfires that have burned millions of acres. The United States hasn’t sent firefighters to Australia since 2010, but recent devastation amid record-breaking heat has prompted Arizona and other states to assist in the relief effort.
Jan. 23, 2020
Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
Official: Oft-Delayed Sonoran Highway Project Expected This Spring
The major infrastructure project is all but finished, with most remaining work between Nogales and Ímuris. Mexico’s current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto both have promised to finish that highway, but the expected completion dates have repeatedly come and gone.
Jan. 23, 2020
Bill To Outlaw Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams Passes Health Committee
A bill that would make it illegal to perform pelvic exams on unconscious patients without medical need or consent has unanimously passed the Health Committee of the Arizona House. For years, OB/GYN training for some medical students has included performing pelvic exams on women under anesthesia for unrelated medical procedures.
Jan. 23, 2020

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