KJZZ News

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
Bisbees Queen Mine Tour May Shut Down
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
MLB To Consider Instant Replay
Baseball fans may see fewer managers arguing with umpires next year. Instant replay for almost every play of a game has tentatively been approved for next season. Owners, umpires and the players union must give the plan final approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fires Continue To Burn Across The State
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.  Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Understanding And Prosecuting Mercy Killings
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student Veterans Face Excess Tuition Costs
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Earning 19 Percent Less Than National Average
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s worse than ever.  Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
Sept. 20, 2013

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