KJZZ News

Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone
Police in Mesa are investigating a scam they say appears to be spreading across Arizona. Detective Steve Berry explains it involves your electrical service. “They had received phone calls from an individual saying that they were behind on their bill and that if they didn’t go get a cash card of some sort and provide that number and information over the phone, that their utilities would be turned off,” Berry said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Again Canceling Flights To Check MD-80s
Allegiant Air said it is still on schedule to finish inspecting the emergency slides in its fleet of MD-80 jets by the end of the month. The inspections have caused delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.
Sept. 26, 2013
Interactive Website Identifies Arizona Natural Hazards
The Arizona Geological Survey and the state Division of Emergency Management are teaming up to give you a way to identify and deal with natural hazards. It’s an interactive website focusing on four hazards that are common to Arizona: earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfires.
Sept. 26, 2013
Death row inmate execution postponed, Phoenix Catholic clergy attend vigil
The execution of an Arizona man scheduled to be put to death Wednesday has been postponed. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Arizona’s request to lift the Ninth Circuit Court order that blocked the execution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks 6th in nation for clean energy job creation
A new report says Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and transportation.   The study by the E2 Environmental Entrepreneur group and the Natural Resources Defense Council says Arizona ranked behind California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Connecticut  in clean energy and transportation job growth in 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Expanded shelter helps bridge gap for homeless women veterans
Nearly 2 million women in the U.S. are veterans, but many find themselves homeless after leaving the armed services. Now, homeless women veterans in the Valley have a new resource to help them get back on their feet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to make workers prove unemployment eligibility advances
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the measure Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates tout development along Valleys light rail line, hope for more
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tracy Greer
Tracy Greer serves as KJZZ's Digital Media Editor. The position satisfies both her inner tech geek and her passion for journalism. She previously held a similar position for the North County Times in San Diego County, California.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona mayors propose sales tax simplification plan
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has released a proposal to simplify the state sales tax system. And, that plan includes taking the most contentious issue off the table for now. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire risk shifts through summer season
State forestry officials are gearing up for what they expect will be an 'average' wildfire season this summer. Fire Information Officer Carrie Dennett says though, wildfires in the West have increased in severity over the last few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Touring infamous Phoenix with the Hip Historian
Marshall Shore, the "Hip Historian," gives tours on some of Phoenix's quirkier historic spots. Shore told Steve Goldstein about his latest tour, which focuses on locations related to the infamous accused murderess Winnie Ruth Judd.
Sept. 20, 2013
Holistic health care goes to school
For many uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife trying again to protect endangered cactuses
Two types of cactus may be getting special status in Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is once again asking for public input on its plans to protect the increasingly rare plants. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans services director fired amid controversy
The director of Arizona’s veterans’ services department is now out of a job. He was forced out Wednesday after hiring a female former state representative who then slammed women troops in combat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio plans to expand armed school volunteer posse
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio now says he plans to expand his volunteer, armed school posse, as well as the controversial paintball training he is conducting at an abandoned Phoenix-area school.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paolo Soleri dies at 93
Italian architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. Paolo Soleri was a famed architect, most well-known around Phoenix for his design of Arcosanti, the experimental community.(Photo courtesy of Arcosanti) A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, but was most well-known in Arizona as the designer of the experimental community Arcosanti.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff public school employees to receive wage hike
Public school employees in Flagstaff are set to see pay increases. The Flagstaff Unified School District approved the raises earlier this week. The Arizona Daily Sun reports, it is the first significant pay increase for the district's 1,300 employees in five years.
Sept. 20, 2013

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