KJZZ News

Easter hams bring audits for grocery stores
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures says it found some retailers were overcharging customers for their Easter hams. Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they wanted to ensure customers were getting a fair and accurate price, but found some problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines grounds flights, reveals new merger details
As American Airlines grappled with a failed computer system, more information came to light about the company’s proposed merger with US Airways. If bankrupt American joins with Tempe-based US Airways, the company will become the largest carrier in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senate rejects changes to recall elections
The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposal to expand recall elections to include both primaries and general elections. The Senate had given the bill its preliminary approval on Tuesday. At that time, members also added a provision to include the incumbent’s name on both the primary and general election ballots, even if that incumbent lost in the primary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Star Wars goes Navajo
“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi …” Chances are, you’ve heard those iconic words before. But you’ve never heard them in Dine, the official language of the Navajo. At least not yet. Manuelito Wheeler is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says Congress wont give Napolitano flexibility on border fence funds
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she would like to have flexibility on the proposal to designate $1.5 billion for a border fence, under the immigration reform law.  But, KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports Arizona’s U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scrap metal monitoring bill passes the House
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a bill creating tougher monitoring of scrap metal transactions. The measure, from Representative Tom Forese enhances anti-theft laws to require all scrap dealers to register with the Department of Public Safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature to work three-day weeks, starting this week
The state capitol will be quiet Monday today, as lawmakers take the day off – they’re expected to work Tuesdays through Thursdays for a little while.That reflects the fact that there’s not a lot left to do this session.
Sept. 20, 2013
High health care costs put strain on seniors
The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on older Americans. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute says the typical senior has seen a lower income and higher expenses. State AARP director David Mitchell says one place that's showing up is in the cost of health care, where seniors are spending an average of $3,100 a year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jeff Flake on supporting immigration reform, voting against background checks
Senator Jeff Flake has been criticized by many on the left for his vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. He's also been hit hard by conservatives for being part of the Gang of Eight's efforts on comprehensive immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coupon counterfeiter will go to prison
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years in prison and may  pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March, 41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities arrest a man suspected of starting 10 fires in woods near Flagstaff
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested.  All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Sept. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute suggests changes to Arizonas initiative process
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Sept. 20, 2013
Demand for construction work comes back to the region
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers start to make progress on the state budget
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT weighs construction options ahead of millions in cuts
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire fighters battle human-caused fire in Coronado National Forest
A wildfire burning east of the Nogales Airport, has blackened 800 acres. It's about 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Michelle Fidler, who says the human-caused fire broke out Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Arizonans support women in combat roles
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows a change in Arizonan's attitudes about military women serving in ground combat roles.  President Jim Haynes says the latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows 69 percent of respondents favor women serving in those positions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer proves her moratorium, vetoes five bills
Governor Jan Brewer told lawmakers she wouldn't be signing any bills until progress was made on a state budget and Medicaid expansion. Late yesterday, her actions matched her words.Governor Brewer vetoed five bills on Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs sent them to her desk.
Sept. 20, 2013

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