KJZZ News

Could US-American merger mean a new name for Suns
If US Airways merges with American Airlines, the name of this center could change. (Photo by Julie Levin-KJZZ) In 1992, America West Airlines signed a 30 year, $26 million naming rights deal for the city-owned arena that is home to the Phoenix Suns.
May. 8, 2013
Phoenix Suns hire a new General Manager
Coming off of the second-worst season in team history, the Phoenix Suns have hired a new General Manager.Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby says 33-year-old Ryan McDonough will be the team’s General Manager.
May. 7, 2013
Former state lawmaker selected to promote Obama Health Care Act
A former state lawmaker is going to Washington to serve as a top promoter of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Health Care Act.  Matt Heinz is a doctor who said the real challenge will be overcoming some staunch opposition to the law.
May. 7, 2013
GoDaddy to build tech center, add jobs in Tempe
The tech company GoDaddy unveiled plans to build a 150,000 square-foot building in Tempe on Tuesday. The new building will come with 300 new jobs over the next three years.  Governor Jan Brewer and GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving make footprints on a clay slab that will hang in the new building.
May. 7, 2013
Waste-to-energy plant top open in Glendale
A power plant that converts garbage into renewable energy will soon be operating in Glendale. The project will cost $110 million. City of Glendale officials say the waste-to-energy plant will be built on the Glendale Municipal Landfill near the Glendale airport.
May. 7, 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.
May. 7, 2013
DPS officer killed near Yuma
A 14-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety was killed Monday night when his patrol car was hit by a tanker truck in southwestern Arizona. The crash took place as three DPS officers were investigating an injury collision in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.
May. 7, 2013
Frozen pizzas recalled for presence of sharp, plastic parts
Here's something you don't hear everyday. Nestle is recalling some pizzas.  The company is recalling all of its frozen pizzas that have spinach on them. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says that's because clear fragments of foreign material with sharp edges have been found in the pizza.
May. 7, 2013
Student tests positive for tuberculosis, more students tested
Health officials in Maricopa County are testing some students at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School for tuberculosis after one student tested positive for TB. Spokeswoman Jeanene Fowler says they want to determine if anyone who had a class with that student has been infected.
May. 7, 2013
Tribal gaming revenues down for first time in 10 quarters
A new report shows some slight weakening in tribal gaming revenues. The latest figures show state revenue sharing in the first three months of this year was just under $24.1 million. That's the first year-over-year decline in the numbers in 10 consecutive quarters.
May. 7, 2013
Arrest made in decades-old murder
After more than 35 years, police have arrested a man suspected of killing a woman in Tucson. Tucson police have charged 66-year-old Bruce McCullough with first-degree murder. He is accused in the March 1976 death of 20-year-old Donna Smith.
May. 7, 2013
The big leap: Aging out of Arizona
Every year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system.  It is a big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
May. 7, 2013
California court rules on medical marijuana dispensaries
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties in that state can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.In a unanimous opinion, the court determined that California’s medical marijuana laws—the nation’s first—don’t prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence.
May. 6, 2013
Authorities arrest a man suspected of starting 10 fires in woods near Flagstaff
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested.  All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
May. 6, 2013
US Forest to add large firefighting planes
Forest officials are expanding their fleet of tankers to help fight wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it will add seven planes that can fly faster and drop more fire retardant than its current fleet.
May. 6, 2013
Sumo champ completes third marathon
The 400-pound marathoner has done it again. Kelly Gneiting completed his third marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ) Kelly Gneiting, a heavyweight sumo wrestling champion, ran the Shiprock Marathon on Saturday.
May. 6, 2013
Efforts by Forest Service officials result in less fire damage
While spectacular wildfires devastate sections of forest land in Arizona every year, Forest Service officials say many wildfires are small, and stay that way because of the inter-agency fire team. Bill Van Brugen of the Forest Service in Albuquerque says proactive efforts are paying off.
May. 6, 2013
Budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health could have widespread effects
The sequester cuts are having a direct impact on medical research, and that could affect your health. The National Institutes of Health lost 5 percent of its budget in the sequester. That's about $1.
May. 6, 2013
Jeff Flake
Congress returns to D.C. Monday after a week-long recess. For Republican Senator Jeff Flake going back to Washington may come as a relief. Caren Teves, whose son died at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings last year, outside Sen.
May. 6, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Lilia Alvarez and Anna Berlenga
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
May. 6, 2013

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