KJZZ News

Getting lost in medieval magic
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40 miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most fascinating person at the party.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix $100,000 gun buyback set for May
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says gun owners can turn in their unwanted firearms at the city’s buyback program in May.  The city is using money from a private donor to give out gift cards to anyone who wants to get rid of their weapons.
Sept. 20, 2013
CDC: Valley Fever cases in Arizona, Southwest, rise
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of Valley Fever in Arizona and some other Southwestern states rose dramatically between 1998 and 2011. The CDC says there were a little more than 2,200 cases in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah in 1998 , but that by 2011, those states reported more than 22,000 cases.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Ed and Claire Kerr
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute forum explores bullying issues
The Morrison Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with KJZZ, hosted a forum on bullying Tuesday. KJZZ's Mark Brodie moderated a panel discussion, which included Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan, Westwood High School’s Counseling Department Chair Anna Cicero, State Representative Eric Meyer and the Morrison Institute’s Senior Analyst and Statistician Eric Hedberg.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bridge remains nameless due to Santa Cruz County dispute
There is a bridge with no name over the Santa Cruz River. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week in the community of Rio Rico. But the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors can’t agree on what to call it.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sky Train officially open for travelers
The Sky Train is now open. The automated, free airport transportation system is running through Sky Harbor International Airport from Terminal 4 to the Metro Light Rail stop. The Sky Train takes travelers from Terminal 4 to the East Economy Parking lot and to the 44th Street and Washington Light Rail train.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale brings back ice cream trucks
After a four-decade ban, the Scottsdale City Council has approved the return of ice cream trucks to the city's neighborhoods.Leo Blavin, who helped the charge to overturn the ban, explained why he thinks it is a good idea.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer vetoes health care price bill
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have required certain health care providers to have lists of what some of their services cost.The bill would have applied to at least the 25 most common services and would have required providers to post their direct pay price.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dont take the tortoises
If you come across a wild tortoise in the desert, it’s best to leave it there. That might sound like obvious advice, but desert tortoises are continually removed from their habitat. Once a tortoise like this one is removed from the wild, it can never return.
Sept. 20, 2013
Clint Bolick reacts to proposed immigration reform
The so-called Gang of Eight bipartisan senators have released their proposed immigration reform legislation. Clint Bolick, co-author of "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said the proposal sounds fair and effective in making modifications to how legal and undocumented immigration is handled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona unemployment numbers remain the same
New data from the Arizona Department of Administration show the state's unemployment rate stayed flat at 7.9 percent in March, with more than 16,000 non-farm jobs gained from February. That compares to a drop in the national jobless rate to 7.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Brnovich may run against Attorney General Tom Horne
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne may be facing a challenger in the Republican Primary next year. That challenge could come from Mark Brnovich, a former state and federal prosecutor who currently heads the Arizona Gaming Department.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred DuVal to declare his candidacy for governor
Another person wants to be Arizona’s next governor, but this time it looks like it’s more than a trial balloon. Fred DuVal is expected to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday morning for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day OConnor on leadership and improving political discourse
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and General Colin Powell discuss the importance of leadership and how political discourse in the United States must become more civil in order to solve complicated problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro helping small businesses affected by new light rail construction
Valley Metro planners said they are trying to reassure local businesses along the expanding light rail line that construction is moving as fast as possible. They say lessons learned from the light rail’s first phase of construction should help this time around.
Sept. 20, 2013
In light of horse meat outrage, one look at how we choose our food
Last week, a former cattle slaughterhouse in New Mexico moved one step closer to becoming the only plant in the United States that slaughters horses. Valley Meat Company in Roswell was found to be in compliance by USDA inspectors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Truck plummets 200 feet into canyon
Four people in a pick-up truck plunged 200 feet off a cliff near Apache Junction early Tuesday morning. Emergency crews used a rope pulley system to pull an injured woman out of the canyon. (Photo courtesy of Apache Junction Fire District) Emergency crews faced a daunting task extracting one of the victims, a woman in her 20s who suffered severe head and facial injuries.
Sept. 20, 2013
New federal study critical of Arizona workplace safety inspectors
A new study by the federal General Accounting Office said Arizona’s workplace safety inspectors are underpaid and overworked.  That puts a lot of employees in danger of  job site accidents that could injure or kill them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant money coming to help repair US 89
The Arizona Department of Transportation has been awarded a grant to help repair damage on U.S. 89, south of Page. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $35 million in emergency relief for repairs to the roadway, which collapsed in February.
Sept. 20, 2013

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