KJZZ News

U.S. Forest Service Short On Firefighting Funds
The U.S. Forest Service is running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season. The agency is diverting dollars from other departments to meet firefighting needs.The Forest Service has spent nearly a billion dollars fighting fires this year which left it with about $50 million available.
Sept. 20, 2013
Enrollment Increases At ASU
Enrollment has doubled at Arizona State University’s new satellite campus in Lake Havasu City. The college opened a year ago, but ASU plans to add some majors in hopes of attracting more undergraduates.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Mexico Officials Argue Against Deregulation Of Utilities
Some New Mexico officials are urging the Arizona Corporation Commission not to deregulate electricity sales. They contend the decision in Arizona could decimate the New Mexico economy.The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering deregulating the state's electric market.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Solar Energy Cheap As Natural Gas By 2025
A solar power KJZZ file photo. (Photo courtesy of KJZZ File Footage) By Courtney Flatt and KJZZ NewsA new Department of Energy study predicts Arizona will use more energy per capita than any other western state by 2025.
Sept. 20, 2013
Funding Phoenix
Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Office is running short on cash. Voters in 2006 approved a $13 million bond, but that money was only supposed to last five years, and it appears unlikely the issue will be back on the ballot anytime soon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rattlesnake Birthing Season Prompts Warnings About Increased Potential For Snake Bites
Eight people were bitten by rattlesnakes in the Tucson area over the weekend.  It is the time of year when rattlers give birth, and that has prompted officials to issue a warning about increased snake activity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Files Appeal Challenging Federal Aid Denial For Yarnell Hill Fire Victims
Some of Arizona’s most powerful politicians have filed an appeal challenging the federal government’s decision not to grant aid to victims of the Yarnell Hill wildfire.  The governor is sending a letter to President Obama asking for help.
Sept. 20, 2013
To Slash Food Tax In Half, City Asks For Input
Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
Election Law Key Provisions Targeting Homeowners Associations To Be Stripped Out
Key provisions of an election law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in June and targeting homeowners associations will be stripped out of the law, under terms of a legal settlement.  All but one of the provisions affecting HOAs will be nullified, after a suit was filed charging the measure violated a constitutional provision that requires bills to address just one subject.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sedona Votes To Apply For Dark Sky Designation
Sedona is applying to be designated a Dark Sky community. The City Council voted on Tuesday 5-2 in favor of applying to the International Dark-Sky Association for the official designation. The label would recognize the community efforts to preserve the dark skies and set guidelines to maintain the status.
Sept. 20, 2013
New App Allows Users To Join In Search For Child Predators
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office is introducing a new app for smartphones. ICE says it will allow you to join the hunt for child predators. Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the first-of-its-kind app contains four user-friendly screens.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways And American Airlines Employees Argue Merger In Washington DC
US Airways and its prospective partner American Airlines set out Tuesday morning on a two-day summit to Washington, DC. The companies are sending 300 employees to argue in favor of an imperiled merger.
Sept. 20, 2013
Policeman Convicted Of Assault, Not Murder
A former Phoenix police officer has been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but a jury could not agree on charge of second-degree murder. Richard Chrisman was on trial for killing a man in 2010.
Sept. 20, 2013

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