KJZZ News

New study: time spent in nature can boost creative thinking
A recent study finds spending some 'down time' in the great outdoors can improve your creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer of the University of Utah said people tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward Bound did dramatically better than people who took similar tests before heading into the woods.
Apr. 23, 2013
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
Apr. 23, 2013
ASU baseball team officially moving to a new home
Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix will make it official Tuesday. ASU’s baseball team will be moving from its long time home at Packard stadium to Phoenix Municipal stadium. Packard Stadium has been home to the Arizona State baseball team for 40 years.
Apr. 23, 2013
Legislature will consider more funding for Redistricting Commission
An Arizona House committee has given permission for the introduction of a supplemental appropriations bill for the state's redistricting commission.The Arizona Legislature is planning to consider the supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, the body that drew up new legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.
Apr. 22, 2013
The VA
The Veterans Affairs department announced a new effort Friday to clear a backlog of veterans waiting for decisions on their applications for disability benefits to help those veterans who’ve been waiting the longest to get benefits sooner.
Apr. 22, 2013
Phoenix Suns GM Lance Blanks ousted
The Phoenix Suns are looking for a new general manager. The team has let its GM go after the second-worst season in the club’s history.  Lance Blanks has served as Suns GM since August 2010, coming to the team after stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.
Apr. 22, 2013
Voting opens for a new Sparky
The voting is now open to the public. ASU is giving the Sparky mascot costume a new look, again – but this time the university wants your input. Starting today, anyone associated with ASU, from students, staff and faculty, to alums, ticket holders and donors can log on to ASU’s website to pick their favorite costume.
Apr. 22, 2013
Pinal County Attorney advises against county workers processing medical marijuana dispensary applications
Pinal County’s top prosecutor wants his county to stop processing permits for medical marijuana dispensaries.  Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles has told the Pinal County Board of Supervisors he is recommending against county workers accepting, processing or issuing permits for marijuana sales or cultivation.
Apr. 22, 2013
Are Young Adults Delaying Big Decisions Because Of Student Debt?
As the cost of a college education soars, the average student graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. And those students are graduating into a rough economy with few well-paying jobs - if they even finish that degree.
Apr. 22, 2013
One dead, one in critical condition after weekend vehicle collision
One man is dead, another in critical condition, after a dirt bike hit another vehicle over the weekend in Gilbert. Joaquinn Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
Apr. 22, 2013
Boat explodes on Apache Lake
At least one child was hurt when the engine of a boat exploded over the weekend on Apache Lake. Joaquin Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says fortunately there were no serious injuries.
Apr. 22, 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.
Apr. 22, 2013
Law enforcement agencies from across Arizona have been involved in an effort to bring in fugitives with outstanding felony warrants, over the last week. The effort was coordinated by the US Marshals Service, according to spokesman Fred Freeman.
Apr. 22, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewer
Governor Brewer's job approval ratings have taken a hit. Behavioral Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes says the governor remains popular with Republicans and conservatives in the latest poll, but lost ground with other constituencies.
Apr. 22, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Cat Hammad, Chandra Hammad and Tamara Heins
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.
Apr. 22, 2013
Invasive Quagga mussels discovered at Lake Powell for first time
Arizona Game and Fish officials said 15 Quagga mussels have been found by scuba divers at Lake Powell’s popular Wahweap boat marina.  The invasive species look similar to a clam. They multiply very quickly and clog waterways, plus they eat all of the food that fish and other aquatic life need to survive.
Apr. 22, 2013
Grand Canyon Railway to fuel train with recycled vegetable oil on Earth Day
Grand Canyon Railway is celebrating Earth Day today by reducing its carbon footprint.  The 90-year-old locomotive will take tourists on a trip from Williams to the canyon using vegetable oil to fire the steam engine.
Apr. 22, 2013
US Environmental Protection Agency faces lawsuits over new clean air guidelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is facing lawsuits, because it missed its own deadline to issue final rules to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants in Arizona and other states. The goal is to clean up particulates that contribute to haze over Grand Canyon and other national parks.
Apr. 22, 2013
Tohono O
The former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation has died. The death of Augustine B. Lopez Sr. was announced Friday by his southern Arizona Tribe. Neither Lopez’s age nor cause of death was released, but a short bio was made public by tribal officials.
Apr. 21, 2013
Sentence handed down in tax fraud case
A Casa Grande woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for tax fraud. In addition to the prison time, a federal judge sentenced 30-year old Shaneika Earline Sims to three years of supervised release.
Apr. 21, 2013

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