KJZZ News

Schools Struggle To Pay For Common Core Implementation
School starts back up in most Valley districts over the next few weeks, and when students get back in the classroom, they will be facing new standards in English and math, if they have not already started with them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Captive Breeding Program May Help Save Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrels
A tiny red squirrel on the brink of extinction is keeping wildlife biologists busy.  Scientists are trying to catch some Mount Graham Red Squirrels for a breeding program, but doing that will not be easy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer To Meet Obama At Airport On Arrival To Phoenix
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will once again meet President Obama on the airport tarmac Tuesday when the president visits the Valley for a speech on housing at Desert Vista High School. Last time that happened, the president found himself with a gubernatorial finger in the face, but the governor's press aide, Andrew Wilder, does not expect that this time around.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Elementary School A Model For Rest Of District
Mesa Public Schools will open their doors Wednesday, and one elementary school will serve as a model for the rest of the district’s 55 K-6 schools. Eisenhower Center for Innovation, formerly Eisenhower Elementary, is "integrating" new technology into the classroom according to district spokeswoman Helen Hollands.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 6
The second of four KJZZ Town Halls on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Wednesday and focused on the candidates of District 6. The KJZZ Town Hall featuring the Phoenix City Council District 6 candidates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Electrocuted While Attempting To Steal Copper Wire
A southwest Arizona man is hospitalized after getting a huge jolt of electricity while allegedly attempting to steal copper wire from a wooden power pole near Wellton. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Hess is in critical condition after making a tragic mistake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbees Queen Mine Tour May Shut Down
A popular tourist attraction in Southeastern Arizona may be closing down.  Bisbee’s underground mine tour may be a safety hazard. City officials say the mining company that owns the property has notified them it’s terminating the lease for the Queen Mine Tour out of safety concerns.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County Attorney Questions State Senator Over Residency
The top prosecutor in Apache County is warning a newly-appointed legislator that he needs to prove his residency or lose his seat.  When State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. resigned to take a job in Washington, D.
Sept. 20, 2013
MLB To Consider Instant Replay
Baseball fans may see fewer managers arguing with umpires next year. Instant replay for almost every play of a game has tentatively been approved for next season. Owners, umpires and the players union must give the plan final approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fires Continue To Burn Across The State
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.  Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Understanding And Prosecuting Mercy Killings
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debra Milke Back In Court Friday
A woman once convicted in connection with the murder of her 4-year-old son will be in court Friday. Debra Milke was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of her son. That conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court earlier this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Venezuelan Colonel Sentenced In Military Airplane Engine Case
A federal judge in Phoenix has sentenced a Venezuelan Air Force colonel to 19 months in prison for conspiring to export military aircraft engines to his home country. A local businessman was also involved in the scheme.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Police Arrest 12 For Illegal Sale Of Prescription Drugs
A year-long investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs by the Mesa Police Department has resulted in 12 arrests so far. The department’s Street Crimes Unit has spent the last 12 months looking into people who either own or operate Yerberia shops in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Many Fire Restrictions Lifted
The Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on public lands in Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave Counties as of 6 this morning. Spokeswoman Lori Cook says there are a number of reasons for the decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cuts In SNAP Program Will Lower Food Allowance
Starting in November, 1.1 million Arizonans will be trying to buy food for $4.15 a day.  That is because of cuts in the SNAP program, more commonly known as food stamps. The Association of Arizona Food Banks is bracing for the challenge of feeding those who are affected, but President Angie Rodgers said that likely will last just a few weeks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Real Estate After The Great Recession
It’s almost impossible to overstate the impact, positive and negative, that real estate and construction have on Arizona’s economy. When the Great Recession hit, the Valley’s housing market was pummeled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Colorado River Fundraising Drive Planned For This Weekend
A coalition of environmental groups is launching a fundraising drive for Saturday.  They will be trying to restore part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has become more desert than delta. Conservationists from Mexico and the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Zozobra Goes Up In Flames
A nearly century old New Mexico tradition involves the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy along with the world's gloom.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rare Crocodiles Hatch At Phoenix Reptile Rescue
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s increasingly rare in the wild.
Sept. 20, 2013

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