KJZZ News

Scottsdale brush patrol team on the look out
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats. From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell residents return home after evacuation
Hundreds of people who were forced out of Yarnell are returning home Monday after a wildfire forced them to flee for safety more than a week ago. Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted at 9 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
West Nile Season Starting
As monsoon season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June. All three people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most serious form of West Nile.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler To Decide On Urban Chickens Thursday Night
For years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban chickens. Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District Cultural Studies Program Still Under Hot Water
The long standing controversy over cultural studies at the Tucson Unified School District continues. The district is under a federal court order to come up with a new ethnic studies curriculum after it ended its Mexican American Studies program, but now state authorities have complaints.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Gets Tough On Jury Duty No-Shows
Don’t ignore your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storms Shut Rawhide Down
Monday’s monsoon didn’t last long, but its effects are still being felt. South of Phoenix, the Wild West attraction known as Rawhide has closed temporarily to deal with the storm’s damage.Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse always shuts down in August, but the recent microburst moved the schedule up a few weeks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bad Weather Costs Arizona Billions
Damaging storms are causing some to question how much climate change is costing Arizona. A look at insurance data suggests it could be more than a billion dollars a year and rising. Critics say it's impossible to prove climate change has caused any specific natural disaster, but Laurie Johnson of the Natural Resources Defense Council says a pattern is emerging.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Corrections Using Illegal Drug For Executions
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration should never have approved the importation of an anesthetic drug used in executions by lethal injections. Arizona was among three states that brought the case to the appeals court.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Civil Liberties Union Asks Court To Block Flagstaff Panhandling Arrests
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is trying to stop the arrests of panhandlers in Flagstaff. The organization has asked a court to block the arrests as a legal battle moves through the system.
Sept. 20, 2013
 Failure Rate Of Gas Stations? Nozzle Accuracy Increases By 3 Percent
 The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures says a recent audit of gas stations showed a 17-percent failure rate when they checked the accuracy of nozzles on fuel pumps at over 1,800 retailers.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Responders Amazed With Tour Bus Accident
First responders from several agencies in northern Arizona said they were amazed nobody was injured when a tour bus entered a flooded wash near Dolan Springs and was swept about 300 yards downstream where it flipped onto its side.
Sept. 20, 2013
Schools Struggle To Pay For Common Core Implementation
School starts back up in most Valley districts over the next few weeks, and when students get back in the classroom, they will be facing new standards in English and math, if they have not already started with them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Captive Breeding Program May Help Save Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrels
A tiny red squirrel on the brink of extinction is keeping wildlife biologists busy.  Scientists are trying to catch some Mount Graham Red Squirrels for a breeding program, but doing that will not be easy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer To Meet Obama At Airport On Arrival To Phoenix
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will once again meet President Obama on the airport tarmac Tuesday when the president visits the Valley for a speech on housing at Desert Vista High School. Last time that happened, the president found himself with a gubernatorial finger in the face, but the governor's press aide, Andrew Wilder, does not expect that this time around.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Elementary School A Model For Rest Of District
Mesa Public Schools will open their doors Wednesday, and one elementary school will serve as a model for the rest of the district’s 55 K-6 schools. Eisenhower Center for Innovation, formerly Eisenhower Elementary, is "integrating" new technology into the classroom according to district spokeswoman Helen Hollands.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 6
The second of four KJZZ Town Halls on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Wednesday and focused on the candidates of District 6. The KJZZ Town Hall featuring the Phoenix City Council District 6 candidates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Electrocuted While Attempting To Steal Copper Wire
A southwest Arizona man is hospitalized after getting a huge jolt of electricity while allegedly attempting to steal copper wire from a wooden power pole near Wellton. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Hess is in critical condition after making a tragic mistake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbee
A popular tourist attraction in Southeastern Arizona may be closing down.  Bisbee’s underground mine tour may be a safety hazard. City officials say the mining company that owns the property has notified them it’s terminating the lease for the Queen Mine Tour out of safety concerns.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County Attorney Questions State Senator Over Residency
The top prosecutor in Apache County is warning a newly-appointed legislator that he needs to prove his residency or lose his seat.  When State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. resigned to take a job in Washington, D.
Sept. 20, 2013

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