KJZZ News

Navajo lawmakers put off vote
Navajo Nation lawmakers have put off voting on a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant until later this month.The lawmakers took the action after questioning water use at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, how to control pollution, the federal government's role in the plant and the formation of a negotiating team.
Sept. 20, 2013
Part of Northbound SR 51 closed from Friday night to Sunday morning
For the second weekend in a row, a section of freeway in the valley will be closed. The Arizona Department of Transportation says part of the Piestewa Freeway will be shut down for maintenance work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Young Adults Delaying Big Decisions Because Of Student Debt?
As the cost of a college education soars, the average student graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. And those students are graduating into a rough economy with few well-paying jobs - if they even finish that degree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Post-recession, building at the edges is coming back
Five years ago the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch was an empty stretch of desert about six miles east of Fountain Hills. It still is. The county gave the developer five years to work out the details for the thousand-home master planned community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred DuVal throws hat in the governors race
The election for Arizona’s next governor is a year and a half away. But the campaign has already started. Fred DuVal announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Longtime political activist Fred DuVal formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
Sept. 20, 2013
AFL-CIO warns airline merger could cause union fallout
A major labor leader is worried a merger between US Airways and American Airlines could cause a battle between two unions that represent ground workers. US Airways and American’s ground workers are represented by two different unions.
Sept. 20, 2013
As lawmakers talk budgets, child advocates call for better funding
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that has failed to keep pace with growing need.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist: Proposition 100 was unavoidable, helpful
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health and public safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds target eight kingpins south of Arizona border
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who operate south of the Arizona border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any kind of business with them can face serious charges.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ballet Arizona plants its dancers at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
Sept. 20, 2013
DES head reveals new program and new vision for social services
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill says no to buying booze or adult entertainment with Electronic Benefit Transfer
Arizona welfare recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer looking for more support on Medicaid expansion
In January, Republican Governor Jan Brewer surprised many by supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona known as AHCCCS. Four months later, she is still drumming up support for the plan, but some legislators and voters are not sold on the idea.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva to Interior Secretary: Do not de-list wolves
An Arizona Congressman is asking the Interior Secretary to cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered. The change would apply to all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, although there would be an exemption for less than 100 Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Soldier Basin wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres near Nogales
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County cites states rights with Mexican Gray Wolf ordinance
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county.  But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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