KJZZ News

For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
June 25, 2013
Tomorrow marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has turned into an urban legend.
June 25, 2013
Coconino County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of items that had been stolen from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train in eastern Arizona. Lieutenant Jim Coffey said the loot was recovered in an abandoned U-Haul truck at a motel parking lot in Williams.
June 25, 2013
Cochise County health officials are warning that  fires in northern Mexico near Cananea could cause health problems. Three fires are burning about 15 miles south of the U.S. Mexico border, but strong winds could blow smoke into portions of Cochise County.
June 25, 2013
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
June 24, 2013
The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
June 24, 2013
A flock of hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban has gone missing. Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
June 24, 2013
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June 24, 2013
Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce Fire, burning west of Prescott. It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
June 24, 2013
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found up a tree in Sierra Vista, Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
June 24, 2013
For the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of Reddington, on the Coronado National Forest. Fire information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are in place in all of the National Forests.
June 24, 2013
Arizona's retail trade appears to be on the decline.  Department of Economic Security economist Aruna Murthy says it seems like a paradox, that when sales are up, related jobs are down, but she thinks there are good reasons, “We are finding a lot of the stores we go into, they are either having automatic checkouts or they’re hiring fewer people,” Murthy said.
June 24, 2013
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.
June 24, 2013
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
June 24, 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.
June 24, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
June 24, 2013
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
June 23, 2013
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
June 22, 2013
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling.  The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers.
June 21, 2013
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
June 21, 2013

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