KJZZ News

Is Limited Health Care Better Than No Health Care?
We wanted to talk some more about the continued growth of health clinics like the ones at Walgreens and the impact that may have on health care in the U.S. We turned to Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Forest Stewards Begin Monitoring Arizona Wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Season Means A Smaller Possibility of Wildfires
The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District To Vote On E-Cigarette Ban
The Tucson Unified School District may revise its anti-tobacco policy to include a ban on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. The district’s governing board is set to vote on the proposal this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
1 Dead, 8 Rescued After Being Abandoned By Human Smuggler
Border patrol agents have rescued eight illegal immigrants who became distressed crossing the southern Arizona desert. Spokesman Brent Cagen says a ninth member of the group died from heat-related issues after they were abandoned by human smugglers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Helicopters Dropping Mulch, Seed At Doce Wildfire Site
Helicopters are flying over the nearly 250 acres scorched by the Doce Wildfire about seven miles northwest Prescott, just like they were last month. But the choppers are not there to make water drops to quell the blaze, they are spreading seed and mulch in an effort to restore the area that was charred.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flood Control After The Storm
Parts of the Valley have gotten a real soaking this week. When it rains, it is Tim Phillips’ job to make sure all that water passes safely through the Valley. He is the chief engineer and general manager of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and said the water goes where it is has always gone, through county’s river systems, before draining out towards the Colorado River.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interior Secretary Signs Water Rights Deal
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed the last of four American Indian water rights settlements approved by President Obama in 2010. The deal signed Tuesday will fund a water delivery system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Law Increasing Private Contribution Limits Argued In Court
Supporters of public campaign finance are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to block the higher contribution limits in a new state law from taking effect, while their legality is argued in court.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gun-Related Homicides Down in Phoenix Area
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro And Union Make 3-Year Agreement Ending Strike
Valley Metro Bus Service is back on schedule in the East Valley Monday. Union and management negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to end the bus strike that has mainly affected riders in the Southeast Valley since Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
GAO Investigates Navajo Nation Challenges
Representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office are visiting the Navajo Nation this week, as part of a study mandated by Congress into the challenges that American Indian tribes face in administering federal housing funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rock Burglar Sentenced To 22 Years And Nine Months In Prison
A burglar who evaded the police for years and netted millions in stolen property has been sentenced to two decades behind bars. Authorities said Robert Neese broke into hundred of homes whose owners were away by throwing rocks through a window.
Sept. 20, 2013
Food Tax A Hot Topic In District 2 Forum
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
Sept. 20, 2013
Huppenthal: School Districts Need To Act Now To Prevent Mass Third Grader Retention
Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hot, Dry Weather Does Not Signal End To Monsoon Season
While most of the nation experiences a cool down this week, it’s unusually hot and dry for central Arizona and will remain that way through the weekend. But, Mark O’Malley with the National Weather Service says the hot weather does not signal an end to the monsoon season.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Company Buys 4000 Acres Of Land Near Casa Grande
Phoenix land company Vermaland bought 4000 acres near Casa Grande this week. This map graphic highlights in yellow the land proposed for the La Osa Ranch project in Pinal County. (Map courtesy of Land Advisors Organization) A sign of continued growth in the housing market, their master plan calls for residential lots, parks and commercial space.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Education Secretary To Tour Southwest
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9, before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stormy Weather Near French Gulch Fire Dangerous For Fire Fighters
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to 850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix-Based Sprouts Farmers Market Releases Strong Financial Report
Sprouts is opening more stores. The health food supermarket chain made the announcement after it released a strong earnings report Thursday.  The produce section of a Sprouts store. (Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market) The specialty food chain had net sales of $622 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013

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