KJZZ News

Arpaio uses YouTube to respond to court order
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has responded -- via YouTube -- to a court order blocking his agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as a factor in traffic stops. The sheriff implied the failure was at the federal level.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill Montgomery responds to racial profiling ruling
The top prosecutor in Maricopa County claims the recent finding by a federal judge that the county sheriff's office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos won't impact his office's activities. Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery held a press conference Thursday and responded to questions about the recent racial profiling ruling.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawyers argue some Loughner files should remain secret
Federal prosecutors want some of the files on the 2011 Tucson shooting to stay sealed. About 2,700 pages of documents relating to Jared Loughner’s rampage were released in late March.Two hundred pages remain sealed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report says BLM mishandling western horse, burro population
A national panel of wildlife experts says the federal government is mishandling the mustang and burro population in the Western United States. The panel also reports the bureau of Land management is undercounting the population, suggesting the problem is worse than reported in the past.
Sept. 20, 2013
W.P. Carey School says real estate bubble unlikely
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During the recent recession, Arizona was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive investments in real estate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hot town--summer in the Valley
Summer won't officially arrive for another week, but the Valley is already facing excessive heat warnings.Meteorologist and Channel 12 storm chaser Matthew Pace said we will have our typically hot summer days, and he is predicting an average monsoon season of blowing dust and thunderstorms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona preservationists update strategy to protect historic landmarks
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ) This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voter group threatens to sue over new state
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency to review Apache power plant
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to review a clean air plan submitted by owners of the Apache Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The move is considered unusual for the EPA, because it may allow the plant to install less expensive technology than required by the federal government.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid Expansion may generate job growth in health sector
The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Sept. 20, 2013
High court strikes down federal marriage provision
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire contained, but not out
Fire officials now say they have fully contained the Doce Fire, burning northwest of Prescott. The blaze, which charred about 10-and-a-half-square acres of the Prescott National Forest, is not, however, completely out, according to fire spokesman Bill Morse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressional bill would expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Four members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation this week introduced a bill that would expand the boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Pinal County. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon season appears to have arrived early
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prescott Rodeo honors fallen firefighters
As the country celebrates Independence Day, Prescott is still in mourning for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday. Holiday festivities are continuing -- but not as originally planned.
Sept. 20, 2013
Holiday Weekend DUI Arrests Down
Arizona police departments were busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend enforcing DUI and traffic laws. Last summer at this time, more than 650 DUI arrests were made, while nearly half that amount was reported this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
As Dean Peak Fire Is Contained, Homeowners Warned Of Flood
As firefighters wrap up work on the Dean Peak Fire, south of Kingman, homeowners are being urged to keep their eyes on the weather. The 5,000 acre fire has charred the vegetation in some Hualapai Mountain areas, leaving mud and exposed rock behind.
Sept. 20, 2013
Long Hot Summer Is Prime Time For Phoenix Area Mulch Fires
Wildfires continue to burn around the state, but there is another problem in the Phoenix area that has local health officials and some politicians worried. Farmer Ken Singh loads mulch into a dump truck for a delivery to Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pinal County Improves Air Quality
Air quality in Pinal County has improved enough recently to meet federal standards. For four consecutive years, the region has failed to meet regulations for soot and dust particles set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sept. 20, 2013

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