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Officials with a Southern Arizona National Park say two men have come forward and are cooperating with an investigation into cactus vandalism there. Late last week, at least one saguaro cactus was knocked over and cut in half at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
May 29, 2013
The arts community around the Valley continues to shake things up with new, forward-thinking programs. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is right out front. KJZZ commentator Robrt Pela had this perspective on an ongoing series called "Lit Lounge.
May 29, 2013
Arizona State University has released its top 10 new species list for 2013. The list includes a glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth, a tiny frog. The creatures on the list were selected by Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration.
May 29, 2013
In a symbolic move, a majority of the Phoenix City Council has endorsed federal immigration reform.The City Council cast the symbolic vote in support of the legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
May 28, 2013
A mulch fire is sending billows of smoke across south Phoenix. Captain Larry Nunez said at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to an agricultural area near 66th Avenue and Dobbins Road.
May 28, 2013
Thursday, 5 p.m.– that is the deadline to collect the 335,000 signatures needed to recall the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.” The push to oust Arpaio from office got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled his office had racially profiled Latinos.
May 28, 2013
More people statewide were charged with drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year, and the Governor’'s Office of Highway Safety is concerned. Director Alberto Gutier said he would like to see the number of traffic stops go up and the number of DUI arrests go down, but just the opposite happened this Memorial Day.
May 28, 2013
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
May 28, 2013
Last Friday a federal judge ruled the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos. The court ordered the sheriff’s department stop those practices. Attorneys for the plaintiffs indicate they will ask the court to appoint a monitor to make sure the sheriff’s office complies.
May 28, 2013
Police have identified a body found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered between the railroad bridge and the Mill Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
May 28, 2013
A group of Democratic state lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday about allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at the Arizona National Guard.  The public forum follows a series of recent investigations into bad behavior over the past eight years.
May 28, 2013
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two members of the state’s Congressional delegation. The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
May 28, 2013
A major office project near downtown Tempe was announced Friday. The complex is part of a public-private venture and a Fortune 500 corporation will lease the space. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: City of Tempe and Arizona State University officials announced the construction of a $600 million office complex adjacent to the Tempe Town Lake.
May 28, 2013
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 28, 2013
An Arizona man is in federal custody after allegedly attempting to open the emergency exit door on an Alaska Airlines plane as it was landing in Portland, Ore. Some passengers and crew members restrained 23-year-old Alexander Herrera.
May 28, 2013
A social service agency based in Detroit, Mich. is working to bring its unusual approach to poverty to Arizona. Matrix Human Services treats poverty like an illness and its clients like patients. President Marcella Wilson says the first thing they ask people is: “What is your dream?” “So if that person wishes to be a nurse, we start with basic needs—food, clothing shelter,” Wilson said.
May 28, 2013
Firefighters are attempting to get the upper hand on a wildfire north of Young, Ariz., on the Tonto National Forest. The blaze charred over 15 acres after being spotted Monday afternoon and is burning in mixed conifer on steep terrain, according to spokeswoman Tammy Pike.
May 28, 2013
Laundry detergent, Hershey’s bars, and produce stickers may not be what you’d expect to see in a fine art gallery. But as KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art uses the grocery store to inspire art, and conversation.
May 28, 2013
As another dry and dangerous summer begins, Arizona’s response to wildfires is likely to include some high-tech elements. In the past, fire teams have used overnight infrared flights to find out how big a wildfire is, and how much of it is contained.
May 28, 2013
Lawmakers from northern states are saying “no” to a proposed study of a fee to enter the United States by land. They say it will hurt cities along the U.S. - Canadian border. Last month the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study an entry fee at the nation's land border crossings.
May 28, 2013

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