KJZZ News

School bond provision in state budget sparks debate
Arizona voters may get to decide whether to repeal a controversial provision of the new state budget involving school bonding.  Right now, the amount school districts can borrow is tied to the value of all property in the district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix foreclosures normalize
Phoenix’s foreclosure crisis may finally be over. Arizona State University said the Valley’s foreclosure rate has now hit normal historical levels. Foreclosures in the Phoenix area are down 53 percent from last year, and Mike Orr with Arizona State University’s W.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopi Tribe Sues Over Navajo Tribe?s Refusal Of Access To Allotment Sites
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court, this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than a century over land in northeastern Arizona, but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Link Between Fires And Flash Floods
Firefighters completely contained the Yarnell Hill Fire this week, but the landscape surrounding the burn area will likely be affected for years to come. That is partially because wildfires and flash floods often go hand in hand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Clean Elections Gets First Native American Commissioner
The State Senate’s Minority Leader has made her pick to fill an open seat on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Steven Titla will be the first Native American to serve in that role.Two commissioners stepped down around the first of this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer Defends Arizonas Stand Your Ground Law
Governor Jan Brewer is defending Arizona's "stand your ground" law in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Zimmerman was found not guilty after his attorneys claimed he felt threatened with 'great bodily harm' when he confronted by teenager Trayvon Martin.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Diamondbacks Introduce New Mascot
The Arizona Diamondbacks have introduced the Luchador as an official mascot of the team.  The luchador has been introduced as the new Diamondbacks mascot. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks)  Last year the team introduced the Lucha Libre mask.
Sept. 20, 2013
Website Creator Says Milke Is Innocent
As prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare for a new trial for death row inmate Debra Milke, a German man who created a website proclaiming her innocence is watching closely. Frank Aue says he met Milke in prison in 2000 and does not believe she's a murderer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Horne Defends Ban On Abortions Based On Gender Or Race
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is asking a federal judge to throw out a challenge to the state's ban on abortion because of the child's race or gender. The 2011 law makes it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy for those reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Rainfall Already Exceeds Average Total
Monsoon storms are expected around the state again today. The National Weather Service says we really got hit Thursday morning. Meteorologist Austin Jamieson says one of the worst storms was in Pinal County.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In States Where Legal, May Prevent Deportation
Gays who marry legally elsewhere may not get the state of Arizona to recognize their unions, but last month's Supreme Court ruling, which struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, says the federal government has to honor decisions in states where gay marriage is legal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff Setting Records For Rainfall In July
Flagstaff is closing in on a record rainfall for July. It is just 0.02 inches of rain away from tying the wettest July on record. The current mark for precipitation was set in 1919, with 7.58 inches of rainfall.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Avenue To Get Makeover
If you have driven on Grand Avenue through the West Valley recently, you probably understand why planners are working on ideas to improve the roadway.  A group of West Valley cities and other entities formed a group to look into changes along the corridor from Loop 303 in Surprise to Willetta Street between McDowell and Interstate 10 in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Millenials Living At Home According To Study
A new study from Pew Research Center said in 2012 more 18 to 31 year olds or millenials, were living with their parents now than in the past four decades. The study, based on Census Bureau data, showed that 36 percent of young people are stay at home children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Parents On Prescriptions Have Higher Risk Of Accidentally Poisoning Children, Teens
A new study in the July issue of "Pediatrics" finds a correlation between higher rates of prescriptions for adults and the number of kids being poisoned accidentally. Children's Mercy Hospital toxicologist Dr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Obama Visits Phoenix, Lays Out Housing Plan
President Obama continues his national tour touting the components of his economic recovery plan. He was here in the Valley Tuesday to discuss the country’s recovering housing market. The biggest news came when Mr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix District 6 Candidates Debate City Managers Departure
Candidates for the Phoenix City Council race in District 6 traded barbs last night at a KJZZ election forum.Incumbent Sal DiCiccio and challenger Karlene Keogh Parks debated the way the city funds golf courses, where the Loop 202 freeway should be expanded and the merits of privatizing city services.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reuters: D.E.A. Conceals Evidence in Investigations of Americans
Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden caused a massive controversy—and a national debate—when he leaked classified documents revealing the extensity of NSA surveillance programs. But according to an exclusive report by Reuters, for the past two decades another U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Man Convicted Of Buddhist Temple Murders Granted Retrial
A man convicted of murdering nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple in 1991 is being tried again for those murders. A federal appeals court ruled that Johnathan Doody’s confession before his first trial was not voluntary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Telescope Array Could Come To Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona could be the new home a large astronomy project. Cherenkov Telescope Array 40 telescopes could generate more than $100 million for the area. Potential sites for the array of 40 telescopes include Mexico and the Spanish Canary Islands, but the big news in Arizona is that spots around Seligman and Meteor Crater are also in the running.
Sept. 20, 2013

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