KJZZ News

Arizona gas prices lower than national average
Arizona gas prices have dropped for the fourteenth week in a row. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports that Arizona prices are now below the national average. AL MACIAS: AAA Arizona says gas prices dropped another nickel statewide this week to $3.
Jul. 13, 2012
Advanced smuggling tunnel discovered near Yuma
The US Drug Enforcement Administration discovered a tunnel used for drug, weapon, and human smuggling under the U.S.-Mexico Border in the small Arizona town of San Luis over the weekend. Thursday, the DEA held a press conference revealing the initial findings from this ongoing investigation.
Jul. 13, 2012
Hearings wrap up on TEP energy efficiency plan
An administrative law judge in Tucson has wrapped up two days of hearings on Tucson Electric Power's proposed energy efficiency plan. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Jeff Schlegel of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project about the hearings, and the plan itself.
Jul. 13, 2012
Lawsuit filed to block new Arizona abortion law
There’s a new legal challenge against an Arizona abortion law that’s set to take effect Aug. 2. KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports. The lawsuit was filed today by abortion-rights groups -- filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona and the Center for Reproductive Rights -- on behalf of three physicians.
Jul. 12, 2012
Colorado City now patrolled by county sheriff
The sheriff of Mohave County in northwest Arizona has begun patrolling the town of Colorado City on a regular basis. That action comes after a federal lawsuit last month alleging civil rights violations by police in Colorado City.
Jul. 12, 2012
Valley hospital doing baseline concussion tests on high school athletes
The Mayo Clinic says it’s performed computerized baseline concussion evaluations on about 40 percent of Arizona high school athletes, in the first year they’ve been offered.Last year, the state set up new procedures for when high school athletes who’ve been diagnosed with concussions can return to action, and the body that oversees high school athletics in the state has started requiring all high school athletes to pass a test proving they know about the symptoms and causes of concussions before they can play.
Jul. 12, 2012
Arizona lawmakers stick to party lines in health care vote
Arizona's congressional delegation did as expected yesterday as lawmakers tried to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare act. Wednesday was the 33rd time lawmakers have tried to get rid of the law.
Jul. 12, 2012
Immigration lawyers advise DREAMers against haste, fraud
Under a new White House policy, immigrants brought here illegally as children can apply for deferred deportation and temporary work permits. But so-called DREAMers are being warned to proceed cautiously.
Jul. 12, 2012
Maximum security prisoner plotted to kill fellow inmate, Arpaio
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a maximum security prisoner arrested for plotting to kill another inmate also hoped to assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Detectives arrested 29-year-old Samuel Matta Wednesday, an inmate in the state prison in Florence.
Jul. 11, 2012
The psychology behind sports fandom
Phoenix Suns fans were taken aback when they learned Steve Nash chose to leave the Valley and head to the Los Angeles Lakers. Social Psychologist Sam Sommers explains why fans react the way they do. Sommers, a professor at Tufts University, says fans who reacted negatively to Nash leaving the Suns for the Lakers looked for the easy narrative in the situation.
Jul. 11, 2012
Arizona?s Medicaid options
Two experts explain the current options that surround Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, and how the Affordable Care Act will affect the program. Sue Gerard, former director of the State Department of Health Services and current member of the board of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, says the current system is a bridge plan to keep the system running until 2014.
Jul. 11, 2012
Republican Primary for Senate heats up
Two experts talk about Arizona’s Republican Primary for Senate and the barbs exchanged between Jeff Flake and Wil Cardon. Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, says Republican strategists are confident they can keep someone from their party in the Senate seat, but negative ads are making them nervous.
Jul. 11, 2012
Construction of Chicago Cubs stadium begins in Mesa
The construction of the new Chicago Cubs spring training stadium is underway. On Wednesday, the City of Mesa hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with local dignitaries and the Cubs franchise.Dignitaries from the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs broke ground on the new Cubs spring training complex in Mesa on Wednesday.
Jul. 11, 2012
Scottsdale City Council appoints interim City Manager
The Scottsdale City Council has appointed an acting city manager, a week after the previous city manager resigned. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: In a special meeting, the council appointed Dan Worth to the post on an interim basis.
Jul. 11, 2012
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Jul. 11, 2012
Campers staying past the limit on National Forest land could get a wake-up call
As we reported last month from Flagstaff, a rising homeless population on National Forest land could lead to increased wildfire danger. But it’s not only the homeless who can run afoul of forest restrictions.
Jul. 10, 2012
Valley housing prices surge in last quarter
A new report shows the Valley's housing market is continuing a strong push toward recovery. Analysts at Clear Capital say prices were up almost 9 percent in the last quarter.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.
Jul. 10, 2012
FBI sheds new light on 2010 shooting death
Yesterday federal law enforcement agents revealed more details about the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and offered a reward of $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four men accused of being involved in the murder.
Jul. 10, 2012
Chandler Mayor touts Intel expansion
Intel's expansion in Chandler has attracted construction jobs to the city, and drew a visit from President Obama. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny about what a bigger Intel presence in Chandler means for the city.
Jul. 10, 2012
Governor Brewer won
Governor Jan Brewer says she won’t take any further steps to have legislators consider election-law changes.  An initiative that will appear on the November ballot would allow Arizonans to vote for a candidate of any party in the primary election, and advance the primary's top two finishers to the general election -- regardless of party affiliation.
Jul. 9, 2012

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