KJZZ News

Man uses hostage in bank robbery attempt
The FBI is looking for a man who allegedly tried to rob a local bank. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.A Phoenix Bank of America employee was taken hostage by a man at her home last Friday night and brought to the bank the following morning before other employees arrived.
Sept. 20, 2013
Before dredging the canal, crews take fish for a drive
About 2 million people in the Valley have their water delivered by Salt River Project canals. For the first time in more than a decade, the entire canal system will be drained for cleaning and repairs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewer: Budget will fund Common Core transition
Governor Jan Brewer says her budget for the upcoming fiscal year will include money to help implement the new Common Core standards in K-12 education. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The governor says having an educated workforce is essential to attracting and retaining jobs in the state, and that Common Core will help accomplish that.
Sept. 20, 2013
How hard will the recent freeze hit Arizonas citrus growers?
Since Saturday morning, the Valley has had five straight days with either a freeze watch or a freeze warning--a nearly-unprecedented run of frigid conditions. Dr. Mark Manfredo, a professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management at ASU's College of Technology and Innovation, says growers will be hurt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Alisa Joyce Barba
Engaged and informed-- that's been Alisa Joyce Barba's mantra throughout her journalism career and as KJZZ's Senior Editor for Fronteras: the Changing America Desk.  Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with more than 25 years’ experience in commercial and public broadcasting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico election funding
Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has confirmed that the country's new president's party spent more than $5 million through electronic cash cards during last year's presidential campaign.Opposition parties say the money represented illicit campaign financing, but the institute said it found no evidence of that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix as a walkable city
In his book, Walkable City, Jeff Speck argues that 'walkable' cities are good for our health, environment and economy. Speck joins Steve Goldstein and downtown Phoenix advocate Sean Sweat to talk about how to make cities more walkable and what it would take to make Phoenix fit that description.
Sept. 20, 2013
Four shot, one fatally, in South Phoenix
Phoenix police are investigating a drive-by shooting in South Phoenix. One person is dead and three others are wounded. This is the second shooting with multiple victims in Phoenix in two days.Investigators say four people were shot outside a home near 14th Street & Roeser around 2:30 p.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU baseball moving to Phoenix Muni Stadium
The ASU baseball team will be leaving Packard Stadium on the Tempe campus where it has played its home games for the last 40 years. The Sun Devils will be moving a few miles north to Phoenix Municipal stadium.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governors sales tax proposal may not add up
Lawmakers prepared for a fight over sales tax reform at the state capitol Monday. Supporters say one piece of a new bill will simplify a complex system that is time consuming and burdensome to businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona gas prices on the rise
Arizona drivers are paying almost 15 cents more per gallon this week than last. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: AAA Arizona says the statewide average stands at $3.50 a gallon – that’s up 14 cents from last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Winter weather affecting Arizona travel
Winter weather has prompted transportation officials to close sections of U.S. 60 just east of the Valley. While it’s been raining in the Phoenix area for most of Wednesday, and snowing for a while in the high country, ADOT’s Garin Goff says the winter weather is not limited to the higher elevations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to take up school safety measures
State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600 students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
Sept. 20, 2013
How Will Sequestration Affect You?
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration  — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts —  will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona business leaders pushing for new education standards
Business leaders in Arizona are strongly backing the state’s transition to the Common Core standards – a multi-state effort in math and English that supporters say will teach students to think, rather than memorize facts.
Sept. 20, 2013
EPA fines six Arizona school districts for asbestos violations
Six Arizona School districts are facing some hefty federal fines if they don’t clean up asbestos contamination in classrooms and administration buildings.EPA inspectors found a variety of violations, including cancer-causing asbestos fibers in walls and floor tiles at some school buildings.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yuma, La Paz wages well below national average
A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that weekly wages in Yuma and La Paz counties are well below both the state and national average of $903.La Paz County averageis $604 while Yuma County's is $668.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler will be home to new General Motors IT Innovation Center
General Motors will be hiring a thousand high-tech employees to staff its new Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler. Company officials made the announcement Wednesday with city and state leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Airport restaurant fire causes scare
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
Sept. 20, 2013
Telemedicine bill advancing in legislature
A measure that would require health insurers to cover certain services provided by telemedicine won the approval of a state house committee Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Senate Bill 1353 would apply to services including cardiology, trauma, mental health disorders and infectious diseases, and would be limited to rural parts of the state starting in 2015.
Sept. 20, 2013

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