KJZZ News

Four Arizona Airport Traffic Control Towers on FAA Closure List
Four community airports in Arizona plan to challenge an FAA order to close their air traffic control towers.  The airports are targeted in the federal budget-cutting program known as “Sequestration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates pleased with Governor Brewers $2 million budget proposal for State Parks
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.
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
First graders get in the pool for Water Safety Day
Summer swimming season is around the corner and nearly 1,200 area first graders were at South Mountain Community College on Tuesday to learn how to make it a safer one. Arizona had the second-highest rate of children drowning in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican gray wolf celebrates 15 years in the Southwest
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwestern U.S., but wildlife advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the wolves’ long-term survival.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers hope to refinance unemployment insurance loan
Arizona legislators want to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its jobless fund solvent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration to close 149 airport control towers
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced 149 airport control towers would close starting next week, as a result of the sequester budget cuts. Four of those towers are in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. drug czar meets with local mayors
United States drug czar Gil Kerlikowske met with local mayors in Phoenix on Thursday to talk border security and drug trafficking. U.S. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, center, visited with (from left), Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Phoenix Chief of Police Daniel Garcia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature votes to scrap old definition of mental illness
Arizona lawmakers voted Monday to scrap an old definition in the law books that said people with mental illness were idiots. It existed despite the fact that most references in the statutes have been updated to be legally and medically correct.
Sept. 20, 2013
Social media stole my kidney
Comic Amy Donohue talked about her decision to donate a kidney and her efforts to serve as a spokesperson for organ donation.Donohue explained how social media stole her kidney. She donated hers to the mother of a woman she met on Twitter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Shadley
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Steve Shadley is no stranger to the issues shaping Arizona. Shadley started his public radio career more than 30 years ago while pursuing a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Early voting bills have some early opponents
Some groups involved with getting minorities to the polls are unhappy with legislation working its way through the Legislature. Right now, you can sign up on a permanent early voting list, meaning a ballot will be mailed to you in advance of every election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer vetoes militia bill
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have removed the age limit of 45 for serving in the state militia. The militia is a provision in the state constitution, but as Brewer noted in her veto letter, it has never been established or funded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona electric utilities ranked for solar power production
The state of Arizona has two of the top ten American electric utilities for production of solar power.The latest ratings from the Solar Electric Power Association show Arizona Public Service producing the fourth-most solar power and Tucson Electric the seventh-most in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
One dead, one in critical condition after weekend vehicle collision
One man is dead, another in critical condition, after a dirt bike hit another vehicle over the weekend in Gilbert. Joaquinn Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
Sept. 20, 2013
More money for Tucson city employees
All Tucson public employees will receive a raise. The Tucson City Council approved the 55-cent-an-hour increase this week. The hike is included in Tucson's 2014 budget. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the change will take effect no later than Jan.
Sept. 20, 2013

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