KJZZ News

Mexico creates investigative unit to find missing people
Officials in Mexico say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind stokes mulch fire in South Phoenix
A mulch fire is sending billows of smoke across south Phoenix. Captain Larry Nunez said at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to an agricultural area near 66th Avenue and Dobbins Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules in blood draw case
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles. Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State Ken Bennett to testify in D.C.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee. Bennett will address members of the Committee on House Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration Efficiency Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns president talks teams future and defending John Hinckley
Phoenix Suns President Lon Babby talked about the franchise's efforts to rebuild following its second-worst season. He also discussed his pre-sports career as a Washington, D.C. attorney who was on the defense team for John Hinckley Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Game and Fish prepares to defend bighorns with force
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wood pellet plant catches fire in Show Low
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday.  Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House members approve state budget and Medicaid expansion
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Sept. 20, 2013
New state budget restores some funding for rural counties
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix public relations firm creates new Boeing 787 virtual view
Boeing’s new 787 jets suffered a public relations nightmare earlier this year after the planes' batteries caught fire. A Phoenix company has developed a tool to help Boeing overcome its bad publicity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire evacuee shares his experience
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so far.  Firefighters say the blaze, which is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes.  One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving new budget
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court guts key part of Voting Rights Act
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Warped Tour heat concerns
Thousands of music fans are expected to show up today in east Mesa for a rock concert known as the Warped Tour. With the temperature predicted to be more than 110 degrees, health and show officials are advising concert-goers to take precautions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials discover 160-feet long drug-smuggling tunnel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they've shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel under the border at Nogales. Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the finding came during a routine inspection of the main storm drain system on both sides of the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajos to allow drinking on casino floors
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale brush patrol team on the look out
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats. From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell residents return home after evacuation
Hundreds of people who were forced out of Yarnell are returning home Monday after a wildfire forced them to flee for safety more than a week ago. Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted at 9 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
West Nile Season Starting
As monsoon season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June. All three people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most serious form of West Nile.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler To Decide On Urban Chickens Thursday Night
For years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban chickens. Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
Sept. 20, 2013

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