KJZZ News

Fire Restrictions Lifted At Five Arizona National Forests This Week
A series of strong rain storms has prompted officials to lift fire restrictions in five Arizona National Forests, but the active monsoon season does not mean the fire danger is completely over. Fire restrictions will be lifted Wednesday in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in central and northern Arizona, and restrictions will be lifted on Friday in the Coronado National forest in the southeastern part of the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Family Of Man Killed in Maricopa County Jail Offered A Settlement
The family of man killed in a Maricopa County jail is being offered a $300,000 settlement. That is far less than the family was asking for. Weitse Ten Boden was a Dutch citizen and permanent resident in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Extra Storm Clean Up Saturday In Ahwatukee
Extra clean up crews will be on the streets of Ahwatukee Saturday. They will be out there for several more days cleaning up the mess left behind by a storm earlier this week. So far city crews have removed more than 100 tons of trees, branches, leaves and other green waste as well as another three tons of debris.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rare Bird Spotted In Southwest
There is a frenzy erupting in the birding world over a colorful, chicken-sized bird not usually seen in the Southwest.  The Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail is typically found along the coasts and in the tropical forests of Central and South America, but for the first time, it has been spotted in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Wetlands Exist In Arizona
There are two wetlands in Arizona. These are homes to wildlife and unique species of birds and mammals. Tres Rios is a filtration system. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Did You Know, some wetlands are man-made? At a place 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, a wetland restoration effort has been in the works for more than a decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cardinals Opening Training Day Brings New Location, New Security Policies
A new location and new policies were part of opening training day for the Arizona Cardinals Friday.  The team will now be practicing at the University of Phoenix Stadium instead of at NAU. (Photo by Sarah Beckman-KJZZ) For 25 years the Cardinals trained at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, but now the team will practice where it plays its regular season games, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Toll Road Opponents Launch Petition Drive
Toll road opponents launched a petition drive Monday to prevent what they say would be motorists paying twice to drive on the same highway. Al Tracy said building new toll roads is one thing, but converting high occupancy vehicle lanes into toll lanes on Valley highways is another.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Move to Mesa Could Impact East Valley
Another university is headed to Mesa, but this time it is a home-grown school. Grand Canyon University is partnering with a developer to locate the school in a new development near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Quagga Mussels Found In Salt River Project Canal System
More than a dozen quagga mussels have been discovered in two Valley canals after a routine inspection by Salt River Project officials last month. Quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces like boats and water pipes.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Common Core Standards Are More Rigorous Than AIMS Standards
Valley teachers and administrators are preparing for the new Common Core standards that are replacing the AIMS test as a graduation requirement. State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal noted the standards are more rigorous than the AIMS standards and said it will take time to adjust to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mohave County Says Gray Wolves Not Welcome
The Mohave County Board is saying ‘no way’ to an expansion of the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery zone.  The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday saying the wolves would not be welcome in the northwest Arizona county unless they have been vaccinated, have a dog license and have been spayed or neutered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Educators Brace For Cuts In Federal Head Start Funds
Arizona educators who depend on federal Head Start funds for low-income preschool students are bracing for a cash crunch. Some schools are turning kids away and sending layoff notices to teachers as Congress cuts spending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Detention Officer Murdered Outside Of Home
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because of his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Online Tool Provides Resources, Information For Affordable Care Act
There's now a customized online website to provide specific information about various options under the Affordable Care Act. AARP Arizona's Cynthia Fagyas says in order to use it, you need to answer seven simple questions, like where you live, your gender and your income bracket.
Sept. 20, 2013
County Attorney Disagrees With Prison Reform Proposal
The Maricopa County Attorney is criticizing United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s prison reform proposal. Bill Montgomery says he agrees with flexibility in sentencing, but not outside of legislative channels.
Sept. 20, 2013
Record Number Of People Using Public Transit
More people are riding the bus and light rail. In fact, a record number opted for public transit according to the latest numbers from Valley Metro which operates the transit system. Most people took the bus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Resort And Hotel Fees Soar To New Heights
Used to be you could make a cup of coffee in a hotel room and feel good about getting something for free, but just like the airlines hotels are charging extra for things that, once upon a time, cost nothing at all, and the latest numbers show fees at hotels and resorts are reaching new heights.
Sept. 20, 2013
Replacing City Manager David Cavazos
The Phoenix City Council plans to replace City Manager David Cavazos who surprised almost everybody a few weeks ago when he announced his resignation. Cavazos is moving on to take the same position in Santa Ana, Calif.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU Student Is Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist
Jared Schoepf cleans water in a barrel. The Arizona State University student’s project is a finalist in the college track of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Finalist poster for Jared Schoepf's SafeSIPP.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Boosts Downtown Phoenix Development
Arizona State University has drastically changed downtown Phoenix since it opened there in 2006. The school’s growth downtown has also led to a lot of new private development. The Sun Devil Fitness Complex has a rooftop pool.
Sept. 20, 2013

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