KJZZ News

First West Nile case of the year found in Maricopa County
The state and county Health Departments have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. A Maricopa County woman in her 30s was declared the first official West Nile victim of 2012 on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale political candidates weigh in on Coyotes deal
Several candidates running for the Glendale City Council say they oppose the city’s Jobing.com arena management agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes. On Monday, the group submitted a letter to city officials asking them to stop the deal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona tourism officials hoping residents stick close to home this summer
Arizona's summer tourism campaign has a new twist. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with a tourism expert to find out how it might work.State tourism officials are hoping Arizonans decide to travel relatively close to home this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers stick to party lines in health care vote
Arizona's congressional delegation did as expected yesterday as lawmakers tried to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare act. Wednesday was the 33rd time lawmakers have tried to get rid of the law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona could lose 50,000 jobs if budget cuts arent reversed
Phoenix’s mayor is in Washington, D.C. today. He joined a bipartisan group at the release of a new study on how automatic budget cuts would affect the country. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a so-called supercommittee that looked at reducing the deficit and increasing revenues, but it repeatedly failed to reach an agreement, meaning that automatic, widespread cuts called budget sequestration are scheduled to hit in January.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peoria asking residents to weigh in on digital billboards
Peoria is asking its residents what they think about the possibility of putting up digital billboards. The city has posted an online survey, and will also be hosting public meetings on the issue. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Maria Laughner, Peoria's Business and Real Estate Development Manager, about the issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
 Home prices are on the rise in the Valley
According to a report from Zillow the Arizona real estate market may be on the slow road to recovery, but two experts say don’t get too excited yet. Anthony Sanders, professor of Real Estate Finance at George Mason University, and John Wake, a Valley-based Realtor and associate broker with HomeSmart Real Estate, discuss Arizona’s previous housing bubble and current economic climate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bacteria closes swimming hole at Slide Rock State Park
No swimming at Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon until further notice. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the park was closed yesterday because of health concerns.Water samples showed unsafe levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the creek.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maintenance could cause delays at Sky Harbor
If you are flying in or out of Sky Harbor Airport this weekend, allow for some delays. The north runway will be closed starting Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 a.m. while crews perform maintenance work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge rules against top two primary initiative
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge says a proposed initiative to change Arizona’s primary election system is unconstitutional and will not be on November’s ballot. Judge Mark Brain ruled the language in the Open Elections/Open Government Act is too broad and violates the Arizona Constitution by including more than one proposed constitutional amendment in the same ballot measure.
Sept. 20, 2013
Power plant changes could strain Navajo Nation budget
Navajo Nation officials say plans to shut down three units at the Four Corners power plant could strain the tribal budget. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.Tribal officials say they had been prepared for the coal-fired units to close in two years.
Sept. 20, 2013
How do you cope with the heat wave?
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures.  The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kitt Peak Observatory could face funding cuts
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health district starting to explore hospital funding
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nearly half of Maricopa County votes early
Today may be election day, but many Maricopa County voters have already cast their ballot in the primary race. More than 45 percent of ballots are in from people who requested to vote early.The night before Election Day, the Maricopa County elections department had already received upwards of 344,000 early ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013

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