KJZZ News

Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California
 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health officials caution Warped Tour attendees of extreme heat
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 prepare in advance.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona college students brace for rise in student loan interest rates
Starting July 1, interest rates for most new government student loans are going up. That is because last week, Congress failed to act to keep rates at their current levels. The change puts hundreds of thousands of Arizona college students in a financial bind.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell wind forecast could change quickly
Weather experts working with fire crews in Yarnell say current forecast shows wind gusts are at about 15 to 20 miles per hour. But they say wind direction and speed could change quickly. It can go as high as 80 miles per hour.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hotshot autopsy results released
The medical examiners office in Phoenix has released autopsy results for the 19 hotshots who died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office performed all 19 autopsies Tuesday and called in extra staff to handle the workload.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa City Council To Vote On Bond Issue, Drops The Ball On Cactus League Museum
The Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote on a  $130 million bond issue Monday night. If approved, the proposal would go to voters in a November special election for public safety and road improvements.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wet Weather Allows For Lessening of Forest Restrictions
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest officials in northern Arizona to relax restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Spokesman Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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