KJZZ News

Luke AFB lands F-35 pilot training center
The Air Force announced today that it has chosen Luke Air Force Base for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: The Air Force will station 72 of the new fighters at Luke.
Sept. 20, 2013
OConnor disappointed by drop in SCOTUS approval
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says it's disappointing for her to see the downturn in public opinion of the nation's highest court. The Supreme Court used to be the highest ranked of the three branches of government, but O'Connor says the three are now closely ranked.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto Forest still under bear restrictions
Tonto National Forest officials announced modifications of a temporary closure order which was enacted last month in response to three bear attacks in the Payson Ranger District. Forest spokeswoman Rahcel Hohl advises you can check the Tonto Forest website or call the Ranger Office at 928-474-7900 if you have questions about where you can camp overnight as some areas are still under the evening closure orders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Record power consumption matches record temperatures
Record high temperatures are helping to set records for power consumption here in the Valley. The two major electrical utilities say they have enough power to meet demand but are looking for ways to keeps costs down.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Attorney on medical marijuana, politics
Judge John Leonardo has been the U.S. Attorney for Arizona since July. U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo (Courtesy photo) He talks with KJZZ's Steve Goldstein about the plea agreement with Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and how his office will deal with Arizona's medical marijuana law.
Sept. 20, 2013
An oasis of safety on the first day of school
Monday was the first day of class at St. Matthew in Phoenix. Chances are this little school is not like the one you send your kids to. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd visited the campus, about a mile west of downtown, and files this report.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court of Appeals hears Glendale sales tax issue
The City of Glendale and a group trying to reverse a newly imposed tax increase are scheduled to appear in court Thursday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports.In June, the Glendale City Council approved a 0.
Sept. 20, 2013
Election drama set for primary
Arizona residents will vote in a primary election this week, and a few high-profile seats are on the line. U.S. Senator Jon Kyl is retiring, and sitting Republican Congressman Jeff Flake is trying to take his seat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ugly primary ends with Schweikert edging Quayle
Tuesday night, Arizona voters ended the brief congressional career of Republican Ben Quayle. He lost the 6th Congressional District primary by five points to fellow Congressman David Schweikert. KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block reports on the fierce election battle that pit two colleagues against each other.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural and urban Arizona working together
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns’ annual conference concludes today in Scottsdale. As KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports, the league’s president is focused on collaboration between rural and urban communities.
Sept. 20, 2013
The impact of NAFTA on Arizona
This year marks the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. It was intended to remove barriers to trade and provide an overall economic boom. Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Professor Arnold Maltz discusses NAFTA's impact on Arizona's trade with Mexico and the increasing trend of nearshoring, the practice of moving production plants from China to Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix to revamp ethics policies
The Phoenix City Council will consider a revamped ethics policy after a new task force finishes its work. As Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of an effort to increase government transparency. Phoenix City Hall (Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix)PETER O’DOWD: The city’s ethics policies haven’t been updated since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules on state trust land water rights
The state’s highest court has ruled in a case affecting water rights to the Little Colorado and Gila rivers.   The state of Arizona has long argued that Congress reserved water rights for state trust lands.
Sept. 20, 2013
New UA report shows trees damaged by drought
The fact that Arizona’s in a drought is not news. But, that drought’s impact on trees is. A new report from researchers at the University of Arizona shows higher temperatures and lack of moisture doesn’t just make life less pleasant for people, it can also kill trees in the Southwest.
Sept. 20, 2013
Billions spent to keep Fido healthy
Pet owners in the U.S. spent more than $13 billion on veterinary care in 2011. Dr. Stephen Withrow, founder of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, talks about advances in veterinary oncology and how there's an increase in synergy between treating diseases -- including cancer -- in animals and humans.
Sept. 20, 2013
With the paper mill gone, whats next for Snowflake?
What do you do when a community’s largest private employer shuts down? That’s the question facing two Arizona towns with the closure of the paper mill that has provided hundreds of jobs for the last five decades.
Sept. 20, 2013
Consumer spending up among AZ Hispanic population
A new report shows that Arizona’s Hispanic population will account for $40 billion in consumer spending this year, and this number is expected to rise. The report, released by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber, notes that spending will likely increase to $50 billion by 2015.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two Border Patrol agents shot, one killed near Naco
An Arizona border sheriff says two suspects may already be in custody after the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent along the Mexican border early Tuesday morning. The agent was identified by the Border Patrol Tucson Sector office as Nicholas Ivie, 30.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hope for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home
There’s new hope for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that was facing demolition in the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the developer and the city of Phoenix have reached a deal to put work on hold while a search continues for a buyer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Candidates hold final forum for states largest congressional district
The candidates in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 have met one final time before early ballots go out.  It is the largest congressional district in the state, stretching from southern part of the state to the Arizona-Utah border.
Sept. 20, 2013

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