KJZZ News

Pension reform put to a vote in Phoenix
No matter where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona and the Voting Rights Act
Attorney General Tom Horne wants Arizona to be freed from some provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which was created during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg explains how provisions currently apply to Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sheriff Arpaio breaks shoulder
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell and broke his shoulder Thursday. This photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his wife at the hospital was tweeted from the @RealSheriffJoe account Thursday. (Photo via Joe Arpaio on Twitter) The 80-year-old sheriff went to St.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fight in Arizona prison results in complex lock-down
An Arizona prison complex remains locked down Monday morning, after a fight early Sunday involving about 400 inmates. Corrections officials say they stopped the fighting fairly quickly but that a couple staffers and 17 inmates were injured.
Sept. 20, 2013
Home prices up 22.7 percent
Home prices in the Phoenix area increased by 22.7 percent in January making it the largest increase in the nation. CoreLogic’s report released today says the change represents the 11th consecutive month of national price increases.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds evaluate Palo Verdes emergency plans
More than 400 city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies took part Wednesday in a test of the country’s largest nuclear power plant’s emergency plans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports on what federal evaluators were looking for at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, west of Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima County Board opposes natural gas pipeline
The Pima County Board of Supervisors officially opposes a planned natural gas pipeline. The Arizona Daily Star reports the board voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose a planned pipeline between Tucson and Sasabe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Alternative route to U.S. 89 has issues
An alternative route to the wrecked U.S. 89, south of Page, has problems.  The dirt-surfaced Navajo Route 20 runs parallel to the landslide-damaged highway. It is a short-term fix for some commuters, but accidents have been reported.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recession-stalled concrete shell finds new life as senior housing
Looking at the health of commercial real estate in the Valley, the picture’s a bit mixed. Depending on where you’re standing and what you’re trying to build, financing new development can be tough.
Sept. 20, 2013
When will Scottsdales Desert Discovery Center be built?
Scottsdale's plans for the Desert Discovery Center calls for the project to have informative and artistic exhibits on the Sonoran Desert. There are many supporters, but funding and location continue to be challenges.
Sept. 20, 2013
FAA to close towers at four Arizona airports
Four Arizona airports are on the FAA’s list for tower closures, due to the sequester cuts.Phoenix Goodyear, Glendale Muni, Laughlin-Bullhead International and Ryan Field in Tucson all made the list – overall, 149 towers nationwide will close, starting on April 7.
Sept. 20, 2013
First graders get in the pool for Water Safety Day
Summer swimming season is around the corner and nearly 1,200 area first graders were at South Mountain Community College on Tuesday to learn how to make it a safer one. Arizona had the second-highest rate of children drowning in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican gray wolf celebrates 15 years in the Southwest
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwestern U.S., but wildlife advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the wolves’ long-term survival.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire expected to be freed
A man convicted of setting the Tucson Pioneer Hotel fire that killed dozens of people more than 40 years ago is expected to be set free Tuesday. Louis Taylor was 16 years old when he was convicted of setting the fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbee has become Arizona?s first town to recognize civil unions
Bisbee has become Arizona’s first town to recognize civil unions, after the city council last night approved an ordinance, on a 5-2  vote. The Arizona attorney general has said he will sue to try and block it.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary Napolitano tours U.S.-Mexico border
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says federal budget cuts may not hit border security as hard as she previously thought.  Napolitano met with law enforcement and business leaders in Houston Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
House approves bill to authorize gold, silver as legal tender
A Senate-passed bill that authorizes the use of gold and silver coins as legal tender has won the approval of the Arizona House. Flagstaff Republican Bob Thorpe says gold and silver coins would not be assigned a monetary value.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prosecutors deal with threats from gangs
The recent murders of prosecutors in Texas have put prosecutors across the nation on alert.Scott Decker, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, provided background on who is involved in targeting prosecutors and what the public needs to be most aware of.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peoria police work with contractors on construction site theft
The Peoria Police Department met with area contractors this week to talk about ways to help them avoid becoming victims of theft. The department's Amanda Jacinto talked about those efforts.
Sept. 20, 2013

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