KJZZ News

Allegiant to fly from Mesa to Hawaii
Allegiant Airlines announced nonstop service from Mesa to Hawaii starting early next year. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of continued expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.PETER O’DOWD: You can fly to Honolulu from Mesa three times a week, starting in February.
Aug. 21, 2012
Investigation launched into beef from ill cows
Federal regulators are trying to find out whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply through a Central California slaughterhouse near Fresno. Officials have shut down the facility after receiving an animal welfare video which shows workers mishandling the slaughter of cows that are struggling to walk or to even stand.
Aug. 21, 2012
Maricopa Medical Center maxed out on space
The Maricopa Medical Center is more than 40 years old. Administrators say they are spending up to millions of dollars a year to keep the leaking, cracking, aging building patched together.Wednesday afternoon the board that oversees the hospital will meet to decide what the future could be for the state’s only public hospital.
Aug. 21, 2012
Gov. Brewer: Akin comments "a little bit outrageous," but doesn
Governor Jan Brewer criticized comments made by Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Todd Akin about rape, but stopped short of joining other Republican officials in calling for him to drop out of the race. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Aug. 21, 2012
DPS find rule violations on Grand Canyon buses
A recent inspection of commercial buses at Grand Canyon National Park removed more than two dozen from service. The two-day inspection of about 200 vehicles took place last week and included a check on drivers' credentials.
Aug. 21, 2012
Phoenix water rates lower than expected
It may seem incongruous here in the desert, but compared to other major cities, water rates in Phoenix are a bargain.Ken Kroski of the Phoenix Water Services Department says effective planning and foresight on the part of water managers years ago are responsible.
Aug. 21, 2012
Mayo Clinic to spend $130 million on integrated cancer center
The Mayo Clinic plans to integrate its cancer treatment programs in Phoenix. The project will add on to a facility already under construction.  The Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Center is slated to open in 2016 and provide targeted radiation treatments.
Aug. 21, 2012
Military job fair to be held in the Valley
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is providing a free job fair for military members, veterans and their spouses today. Hiring Our Heroes will be held at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center from 10 a.m.
Aug. 21, 2012
Gov. Brewer given three options for AZ Supreme Court appointment
A state commission has given Governor Jan Brewer three options for her next Arizona Supreme Court appointment. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments nominated court of appeals judges Ann Scott Timmer and Diane Johnsen and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Rayes.
Aug. 21, 2012
Monday was the first day of class at St. Matthew in Phoenix. Chances are this little school is not like the one you send your kids to. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd visited the campus, about a mile west of downtown, and files this report.
Aug. 20, 2012
Arizona among states with lettuce recall
Romaine lettuce shipped to 19 states, including Arizona, may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. A Northern California producer supplier is voluntarily recalling its Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine lettuce and may have a "best by" date of Aug.
Aug. 20, 2012
Maricopa County Supervisors vote to keep current property tax rate
Homeowners in Maricopa County might see their property taxes drop by up to $20, and that means less money for the county.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to keep the current property tax rate.
Aug. 20, 2012
Earthy-smelling tap water in Tempe has harmless cause
Some Tempe residents have noticed a change in the smell and taste of their tap water, but the city says there’s no reason to worry.  Over the last few days, Tempe’s tap water has -- for some residents -- taken on an earthy smell and taste.
Aug. 20, 2012
Make a plan to save some cash
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
Aug. 20, 2012
Older Arizonans working longer
Older Arizonans are staying on the job longer, or returning to the workforce, as the value of retirement plans declines in a struggling economy. The Arizona Department of Administration's Aruna Murthy says that's changing the face of the state's workforce.
Aug. 20, 2012
Phoenix Mayor Stanton helps teens register voters
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be joining about 100 young people Monday night to knock on doors in a voter registration drive. Stanton will go out with a team of 20 high school volunteers as they try to register voters.
Aug. 20, 2012
Water official says dry conditions are no cause for concern
Continuing drought conditions in an arid desert climate raise concerns about the availability of drinking water.  But Phoenix Water Services officials say there is no cause for alarm. Dennis Lambert talked to Gerard Silvany, principal planner in the Water Resources and Development Planning Division of the Phoenix Water Services Department, outside City Hall to discuss what the city is doing to respond to climate change.
Aug. 20, 2012
Scholastic names two Arizona schools "the coolest"
Two Arizona schools are among the nation’s top 25 coolest schools, according to a report by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Zaharis Elementary School in Mesa made the list as an institution that provides authentic learning experiences, and Star Charter School in Flagstaff was recognized for implementing solar powered learning.
Aug. 20, 2012
Honeywell shows off new airline radar system
Bad weather accounts for 70 percent of all aircraft delays, according to the FAA. Those delays are costly. But it’s not just delays, turbulence related event cost airlines millions of dollars a year in injuries and damages.
Aug. 18, 2012
Maricopa County trying to lure forensic pathologists
Maricopa County has lost about a third of its forensic pathologists in the last four years. As KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the shortage is a national problem.The county is trying to lure doctors specializing in forensic pathology to its understaffed medical examiner's office.
Aug. 17, 2012

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