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Drug Task Force Makes Big Fentanyl Bust In Phoenix
The Drug Enforcement Administration says teamwork by local, state and federal law-enforcement kept almost 170,000 deadly fentanyl pills off the streets.
Jan. 24, 2020
LeBarón Family Marches With Thousands Against Violence In Mexico
Relatives of the women and children murdered in November in Sonora, Mexico, are among the leaders of a rally heading to Mexico City. Their goal is to put pressure on the government to stop the violence in the country.
Jan. 24, 2020
Maricopa County Event Helps Veterans Get Their Lives Back
At the 2020 Maricopa County StandDown, about 900 other veterans who took advantage of Veteran’s Court and ADOT’s driver’s license clinic. The Phoenix Municipal Veteran’s Court, as well as similar courts from Maricopa County and around the state set up shop for two days.
Jan. 24, 2020
AZ House Of Representatives Releases Budget Proposal
The House released its budget plan on Thursday, nearly a week after both the governor and the Senate unveiled their own proposals. Andrew Oxford with The Arizona Republic joined The Show to talk about how realistic that goal looks.
Jan. 24, 2020
AZ Lawmaker Sponsoring Bill To Impose Stricter Sentences For Opioid Trafficking
The addiction crisis fueled by heroin and its stronger, synthetic analogue, fentanyl, has been well documented. Now, a Prescott representative is sponsoring a bill that would impose stricter sentences on people found guilty of trafficking or selling either of the two opioids.
Jan. 24, 2020
How Eddie Basha Helped Build A Vibrant Western Art Scene In AZ
The first Bashas’ grocery story came to Chandler in 1932. That particular store location now houses its corporate headquarters — a modest and quaint design very different from the glistening high-rise we may imagine.
Jan. 24, 2020
Duceys Project Rocket Has Roots In Avondale Districts Success
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey included $44 million in his executive budget proposal for a pilot education program he’s calling Project Rocket. The program is geared toward low-performing schools with a high number of students living in poverty. It also provides $150-per-student grants to close the achievement gap at those schools.
Jan. 24, 2020
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

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