KJZZ News

Tucson faces $15 million budget shortfall
Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale Police Commander accepts Casa Grande police chief job
 A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU responds to Sparky backlash
It seemed like a good idea three weeks ago. That’s when ASU rolled out the new and improved version of its iconic mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil. But the university announced Monday it's already planning to change the new version.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT proposes alternative to damaged U.S.89
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS decision on gay marriage could impact Arizona domestic benefits ruling
Arizona officials will be watching closely as the U.S. Supreme Court considers gay marriage today. The outcome of the case could impact a lawsuit over benefits for domestic partners for gay state and university employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways, American one step closer to merger
Tempe-based US Airways is one step closer to merging with American Airlines following a judge’s decision Wednesday. American has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since late 2011, so it needed a court’s approval before the deal could go forward.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diamondbacks sporting new look for Opening Day
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders, Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Community College District responds to discrimination complaint
The U.S. Department of Education is monitoring the Maricopa County Community College District for alleged discrimination.   The Maricopa County Community College District office in Tempe. (Photo by Emily Johnson - KJZZ) A complaint accused the district of requiring citizenship information from some student immigrants who are qualified to stay in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate says no to firing experienced teachers
The Arizona Senate rejected a bill Thursday making it easier to fire some low-performing teachers The measure would have allowed experienced teachers to be placed on probationary status.That status allows a school board to fire a teacher with little notice.
Sept. 20, 2013
Can We Talk About Guns
Join KJZZ, The Takeaway and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Can We Talk About Guns?-- a discussion about gun culture and how our personal experiences shape our views of guns on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge rejects delays to Hausner competency hearing
A judge has allowed a death row inmate to move forward with his request to be executed quickly. Dale Hausner was found guilty of six murders and many other crimes in connection with shootings around the Valley during 2005 and 2006.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conference brings together experts in tracking, deflecting meteors
The 2013 Planetary Defense Conference begins Monday in Flagstaff. The event hopes to raise public awareness of threats to Earth and how we can respond. The conference, held on the Northern Arizona University campus, brings together experts on tracking and deflecting meteors headed our way.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bostonians seem dazed by explosions
Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College placed on probation by national accreditation board
 Pima Community College in Tucson has been placed on probation by a national accreditation board. PCC has been ordered to correct problems concerning personnel and financial issues. PCC was notified of its probationary status by the Higher Learning Commission this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Police say the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings exchanged gunfire with law enforcement for an hour while holed up in a boat before being captured.Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hospitalized late Friday in serious condition.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewers approval ratings drop to 31 percent
Governor Brewer's job approval ratings have taken a hit. Behavioral Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes says the governor remains popular with Republicans and conservatives in the latest poll, but lost ground with other constituencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State asks to be dropped from Arpaio recall lawsuit
Arizona’s top election official wants out of a suit over an attempt to recall Maricopa County’s top lawman. Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit filed by a group that supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County considers converting HOV lanes to toll lanes
The Maricopa Association of Governments has unanimously approved further studying of converting some High Occupancy Vehicle lanes into toll lanes.Steve Goldstein talks with MAG Senior Engineer Bob Hazlett about the options and their viability.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature approves more money for redistricting commission
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with bipartisan support.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed budget may cut all funding to Children?s Advocacy Centers in Arizona
Representatives of Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona and across the country are urging members of Congress not to accept the cuts that are proposed in the administration's 2014 budget. They would drop federal funding for CAC's and related programs from $18 million to zero.
Sept. 20, 2013

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