KJZZ News

Long-Lost Snake Species Found
The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix And Tucson Lead National Economic Growth In Brookings Institute Survey
Phoenix and Tucson rank very high in a new national forecast for economic growth. The Brookings Institute report said Phoenix took first place and Tucson second for job creation among the top 100 cities during the first quarter of 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Is Limited Health Care Better Than No Health Care?
We wanted to talk some more about the continued growth of health clinics like the ones at Walgreens and the impact that may have on health care in the U.S. We turned to Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Forest Stewards Begin Monitoring Arizona Wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Season Means A Smaller Possibility of Wildfires
The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District To Vote On E-Cigarette Ban
The Tucson Unified School District may revise its anti-tobacco policy to include a ban on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. The district’s governing board is set to vote on the proposal this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
1 Dead, 8 Rescued After Being Abandoned By Human Smuggler
Border patrol agents have rescued eight illegal immigrants who became distressed crossing the southern Arizona desert. Spokesman Brent Cagen says a ninth member of the group died from heat-related issues after they were abandoned by human smugglers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Helicopters Dropping Mulch, Seed At Doce Wildfire Site
Helicopters are flying over the nearly 250 acres scorched by the Doce Wildfire about seven miles northwest Prescott, just like they were last month. But the choppers are not there to make water drops to quell the blaze, they are spreading seed and mulch in an effort to restore the area that was charred.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flood Control After The Storm
Parts of the Valley have gotten a real soaking this week. When it rains, it is Tim Phillips’ job to make sure all that water passes safely through the Valley. He is the chief engineer and general manager of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and said the water goes where it is has always gone, through county’s river systems, before draining out towards the Colorado River.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interior Secretary Signs Water Rights Deal
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed the last of four American Indian water rights settlements approved by President Obama in 2010. The deal signed Tuesday will fund a water delivery system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Law Increasing Private Contribution Limits Argued In Court
Supporters of public campaign finance are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to block the higher contribution limits in a new state law from taking effect, while their legality is argued in court.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sprouts Farmers Markets Proves Popular On First Day Of Public Trading
Shares of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Markets more than doubled in value on their first day of public trading. The company’s ticker symbol SFM opened trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange at $18 a share.
Sept. 20, 2013
PUHSD Enrollment Increases
School Valley districts begin classes this week. One is the Phoenix Union High School District which is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. District spokesman Craig Pletenik said that could make overcrowding an issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Childhood Obesity Drops in 19 States - But Not Arizona
Researchers say the rates of childhood obesity have declined in 19 states – but Arizona is not one of them. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said between 2008-2011, states including California, New Mexico, Florida, Washington and 15 others saw slight decreases in their childhood obesity rates.
Sept. 20, 2013
David Cavazos Officially Gets The Santa Ana Job
Phoenix city manager David Cavazos has officially been hired by the city of Santa Ana, Calif. The council approved his contract earlier this week. Cavazos' base salary as the city manager for Santa Ana will be the same as his Phoenix salary, $315,000 annually, but when you add in benefits, his total compensation will be more than $558,000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former US Airways Employee Charged With Drug Trafficking
A US Airways employee and a man with alleged ties to a Domincan Republic drug-trafficking operation have been charged with smuggling cocaine into the United States through Philadelphia International Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain Says A Balance Is Needed Between Preserving US Capabilities And American Privacy
President Obama has announced he wants to reform the government surveillance program. It's a program congressman Pete King has called "a monumental failure of wartime leadership." On Fox News, Sunday, Arizona Senator John McCain said the case of NSA leaker Eric Snowden is an indicator of the relationship between the United States and Russia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist Criticizes Airline Merger Lawsuit
Arizona State University W.P. Carey School Economics Professor Robert Mittelstaedt is criticizing Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s decision to join the United States Department of Justice in stopping the merger of Tempe-based US Airways and American Airlines.
Sept. 20, 2013
Summer Nights: Touring The Desert Botanical Gardens With A Flashlight
The sun is just beginning to set behind Papago Peak as cars roll into the parking lot of the Desert Botanical Gardens. The cooler dusk air beckons animals, blooming plants, and—Phoenicians—to enjoy the outdoors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Musical Instrument Museum Welcomes New Director
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix has been open for a little more than three years. Earlier this month, it welcomed a new new President and Director. Carrie Heinonen has returned to the Valley after working at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sept. 20, 2013

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