KJZZ News

Some Charges Dropped In Casa Grande Explosion
A judge has dismissed two federal charges against an Iraqi man accused of detonating an explosive device outside a federal building in Casa Grande, but state and other federal charges are still pending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Unemployment Up To 8 Percent
Arizona's jobless rate was up two-tenths of a point last month, on some unexpected soft numbers in education. It's not unusual for education to drop off at this time of the year, as non-professional staffers are laid off over the summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Safford City Council Set To Vote On Water Rate Increase
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number Of Registered Independent Voters In Arizona Increases
The Secretary of State’s office says Arizona's voter registration numbers have risen by about 2,300 since the last report in April. Spokesman Matt Roberts says the number of non-affiliated voters increased the most, “The two other state-wide major parties have seen either decreases, slight decreases or they’ve gone up and down a little bit, over the last couple years especially,” Roberts said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lightning-Caused Deaths Remind People To Be Cautious In Storms
The deaths of a man and woman, who were struck by lightning at an overlook north of the Grand Canyon this week, was not surprising to meteorologists. The National Weather Service says 14 people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year with Arizona and Florida leading the country, with three fatalities each.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College On Probation After Investigation
Governing Board members of Pima Community College will have to attend workshops and retreats to learn how to do their jobs, even though most have held office for more than a decade. The Arizona Daily Star reports the college has been put on probation, after a recent investigation found sweeping problems at the school, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices and the mishandling of sexual harassment claims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Havasupai Reservation To Receive Emergency Water After Monsoon Showers
Recent monsoon rain showers have cut off the water supply on the Havasupai reservation. In response, St. Mary’s Food Bank will start shipping water to the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning. St. Mary’s said it is sending 30,000 bottles of water to the Havasupai Nation because torrential rain and flooding have damaged the area’s electrical supply.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday
President Obama will be in Phoenix Tuesday. The president is scheduled to present his plans to help homeowners and people who want to buy homes. This is part of a series of speeches the president is making across the country outlining ideas to boost the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Medical School Has A Unique Approach To Residency Program
A Valley-based medical school is trying to help reduce the shortage of primary care physicians. The new program is taking a unique approach to medical residencies. El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson is taking part in a new residency program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes Get A New Owner And Name
The fourth time is the charm. The Phoenix Coyotes have a new owner. The National Hockey League approved the sale of the team Monday after four years of negotiations involving the city of Glendale, the NHL and several would-be owners.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Officials Stopped $31 Million Of Tax Return Fraud
State officials say they’re becoming pretty proficient at stopping the type of tax fraud that results from the filing of false tax returns.The state tax collecting arm, the Department of Revenue, says it stopped more than $31.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jail Time For Man Convicted In Terrorism Hoax
An Arizona man will spend two weeks behind bars, for his role in a terrorism hoax. A jury had convicted Michael David Turley in June of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression – this after he sent his 16-year old nephew into a busy Northwest Phoenix intersection with a fake grenade launcher in July, 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting Other Perspectives On The Phoenix City Council Election Forums
We spoke with KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd who gave a recap of the KJZZ Town Halls this week. Along with Al Macias, he hosted candidate forums for each of the four contested Phoenix City Council races. You can hear all of the forums in their entirety and check out stories about issues affecting each of those districts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Defense Wants Renzi Conviction Overturned
Federal prosecutors want a judge to reject a former Arizona congressman's appeal on corruption charges. Rick Renzi represented what was then Arizona's first congressional district from 2003 until 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
How The DOJ Lawsuit Against Airline Merger Will Affect Consumers
Tuesday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice and several attorneys general including Arizona's Tom Horne were suing to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways was a huge surprise to most observers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Launches New Storefront Improvement Program
Businesses along Apache Boulevard in Tempe could be getting a facelift. The City of Tempe recently launched a new Storefront Improvement Program. Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said the city will match a business owner up to $100,000 through federal funds for exterior improvements like windows, lighting and paint jobs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Property Tax Rate Remains The Same
Maricopa County homeowners will see a bit of a break on their property taxes. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to keep the tax rate the same, despite increasing property values.
Sept. 20, 2013
Opening Arguments Underway In Retrial Of Man Accused In Buddhist Temple Murders
A man accused of killing nine people at a Phoenix-area Buddhist temple is back in court 22 years after the crime.  Johnthan Doody was granted a new trial after an appeals court ruled investigators did not fully advise him of his rights during questioning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Residents Can Cast Ballot Starting Monday
Tuesday is election day in Phoenix, and voters will decide on four council seats. Voters do not have to wait until Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday the city will have 18 voting centers open in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 where city council seats are up for election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Napolitano Says Farewell To Homeland Security
Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, gave her farewell speech as Homeland Security Secretary today, praising the department's response to critical issues during her tenure. But, she ended her address by giving advice to her successor, saying that security problems will continue, “Many things still need tending and my successor will most certainly have a full plate on his or her hands,” Napolitano said.
Sept. 20, 2013

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