KJZZ News

Sweat Lodge Host James Arthur Ray To Be Released From Prison
James Arthur Ray is set to be released Friday from the Arizona State Prison system. Ray was found guilty in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide  following a sweat lodge ceremony. The charges stemmed from a sweat lodge ceremony hosted by Ray, near Sedona, in October of 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Courthouse Named For Fallen Judge Completed
Construction has been completed on a new federal courthouse in downtown Yuma. The building is named after the judge who was killed in the Tucson shooting rampage. A grand opening ceremony for the John M.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighter Memorial To Be At Wesley Bolin Plaza
Arizona firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1902 will be memorialized at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Governor Jan Brewer held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday of the law creating the memorial, which was approved in this year's Legislative session.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Most Arizona Jobs Are In Lower-Paying Positions
A new report sketches out where the job openings will be in Arizona over the next two years. And, even though the state is turning out some 24,000 college graduates a year, the report says three-quarters of the available jobs will go to people with a high school diploma or less.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 101 Widening Project To Begin Next Summer
If you drive the Loop 101 Pima Freeway north of the Red Mountain part of the Loop 202 very often, you know traffic many times becomes bogged down there. There is relief on the way. But, just like a freeway back-up, it is going to take a while.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amendment To Farm Bill May Eradicate Animal Fighting
Debate continues this week in Washington over the 2013 Farm bill. One of the amendments being considered would eliminate a loophole in the current federal animal fighting law. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society is a strong supporter of the amendment, saying along with Arizona's 1998 ban on cockfighting, it would "eradicate illegal animal fighting once and for all" in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
NY Man Confesses To Tweeting Threats At CNN Anchors And Phoenix Woman
The New York man who has been indicted for threatening to kill two CNN anchors has allegedly confessed to tweeting about the plots to kill Jane Valez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says David Simpson's car had been packed with guns, zip ties and a knife, and he was ready to leave New York for Georgia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grenade Found In Donation Box Brought To Fire Station
A box of items donated to the Kiwanis Club in Carefree became a problem Saturday, when a grenade was found inside. The donation was brought to a fire station and Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says deputies took it from there.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro Bus Drivers Could Strike
Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro System management team continue labor negotiations through Wednesday.The two groups have been in talks this entire month. The temporary contract bus drivers have been working with expires Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Neighbors Fight To Save Ahwatukee Golf Course
Phoenix area golf courses are facing an uncertain future. As a part of KJZZ's "Phoenix Votes" series on the Phoenix City Council election, we have a report about a dispute over a neighborhood golf course in the sixth district that has people wondering what the city should do about courses in financial trouble.
Sept. 20, 2013
Abortions Have Decreased In Arizona According To Annual Report
State health officials said the number of abortions performed in Arizona was down 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health Services said 13,340 elective abortions were reported last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways And American Airlines Merger Approved By European Union Commission
The European Union Commission has approved the proposed merger of Tempe-based US Airways with the parent of American Airlines, AMR Corporation, but it will cost the new American one slot at London's Heathrow airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawsuit Attempts To Get EPA To Re-evaluate Pesticide Effects On Kids
The Environmental Protection Agency has been hit with a lawsuit over claims it is failing to protect children from crop-dusting pesticide drift. Linda Wells of the Pesticide Action Network says the suit is an effort to get the EPA to re-evaluate the potential harm to kids, especially in rural America.
Sept. 20, 2013
Helping Homes And Home Buyers In South Phoenix
We finish our “Phoenix Votes” series with a look at housing in District 8. Stephanie Reynolds poses with her youngest children, Sam and Monika, outside their new home, purchased with the help of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Exhibit Explores The Art Of Video Games
Have you ever had the experience in a museum, where you see something on the wall, and it instantly puts you in a place? Where you can see and smell and just feel it? Super Mario World, 1991. Hiroshi Yamauchi, executive producer; Shigeru Miyamoto, producer; Takashi Tezuka, lead director.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator McCain Disagrees With FEMAs Denial Of Yarnell Fire Aid
Senator John McCain told business leaders in downtown Phoenix Monday that he disagrees with the federal government’s decision to reject disaster relief aid for the Yarnell Hill Fire. Senator John McCain shakes hands with Debbie Johnson, president of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Republican Party Forms Redistricting Committee
From statehood in 1912 until 2000, Arizona’s Legislature was in charge of drawing legislative and congressional districts, but in the 2000 election, apparently in a bid to lessen the influence of politics on the process, voters passed Proposition 106, which created the five-member Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds Lawsuit Challenging Airline Merger May Not Go To Trial
It has not been the best week ever for American Airlines and US Airways. A federal bankruptcy judge said he is not sure he can approve American’s plan to come out of bankruptcy protection after the federal government and a handful of states including Arizona filed suit, challenging the carrier’s merger with Tempe-based US Airways.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Prepare To Sign Up For Health Care Expansion Under Federal And State Programs
About 1 million people in Arizona could get health insurance next year.  The long awaited Affordable Health Care Act will not start providing benefits until January, but you can start signing up for a plan this fall.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Citizens Clean Elections Commissions New Executive Director
When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment.
Sept. 20, 2013

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