KJZZ News

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
Gun-Related Homicides Down in Phoenix Area
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro And Union Make 3-Year Agreement Ending Strike
Valley Metro Bus Service is back on schedule in the East Valley Monday. Union and management negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to end the bus strike that has mainly affected riders in the Southeast Valley since Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
GAO Investigates Navajo Nation Challenges
Representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office are visiting the Navajo Nation this week, as part of a study mandated by Congress into the challenges that American Indian tribes face in administering federal housing funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rock Burglar Sentenced To 22 Years And Nine Months In Prison
A burglar who evaded the police for years and netted millions in stolen property has been sentenced to two decades behind bars. Authorities said Robert Neese broke into hundred of homes whose owners were away by throwing rocks through a window.
Sept. 20, 2013
Food Tax A Hot Topic In District 2 Forum
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
Sept. 20, 2013
Huppenthal: School Districts Need To Act Now To Prevent Mass Third Grader Retention
Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
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
Lawmakers, Business Leaders To Discuss Tax System Reform
A group of lawmakers and business leaders is planning to meet Wednesday to examine whether Arizona should reform its income tax system. Over the last couple years the state legislature has cut business and capital gains taxes and reformed the sales tax collection system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Join KJZZ for Taco Tuesday - Aug. 27
KJZZ is wrapping up the Making Tacos Our Own serieswith a Taco Tuesday meet and greet with KJZZ reportersat America's Taco Shop in Tempe and you're invited!Join Jude Joffe-Block, Nick Blumberg, Al Macias, Mark Moran, Stina Siegand other KJZZ staff for this yummy event.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Phoenix Call Center Prepares To Open As Investigation Unfolds
A health care business called “Connextions” (Connections) is hiring hundreds of employees for a new call center in Phoenix, but Connextions’ parent company is involved in an investigation in New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013

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