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Glendale man, family stung after bee removal attempt
A Glendale man learned about the hazards of trying to remove bees from his home without experience. He and members of his family and their pets were stung several times, according to Glendale Fire Department spokesman Michael Young.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Congressional delegation feels political pressure as vote on gun control nears
As Congress prepares to vote on some high-profile gun control measures, the media campaigns on both sides of the issue are making a last minute push to get their messages heard in Arizona.Political observers said Arizona is among a dozen states considered an important player in the future of national gun policy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kendra Szabo
Kendra Szabo joined the KJZZ news team in January 2013 to serve as a part-time Morning Edition producer.  Fueled by an intense passion for telling accurate and compelling stories through language and design, Szabo is currently pursuing a journalism degree at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Sept. 20, 2013
High winds could spread fire near Flagstaff
Firefighters in the Flagstaff area hope to keep high winds from spreading the Fisher Fire today. The blaze, about four miles south of Flagstaff, is being battled by 80-100 firefighters. They spent Monday tending to the fire in a steep canyon area, according to Brady Smith of the Coconino National Forest.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo lawmakers put off vote
Navajo Nation lawmakers have put off voting on a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant until later this month.The lawmakers took the action after questioning water use at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, how to control pollution, the federal government's role in the plant and the formation of a negotiating team.
Sept. 20, 2013
Part of Northbound SR 51 closed from Friday night to Sunday morning
For the second weekend in a row, a section of freeway in the valley will be closed. The Arizona Department of Transportation says part of the Piestewa Freeway will be shut down for maintenance work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Young Adults Delaying Big Decisions Because Of Student Debt?
As the cost of a college education soars, the average student graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. And those students are graduating into a rough economy with few well-paying jobs - if they even finish that degree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Post-recession, building at the edges is coming back
Five years ago the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch was an empty stretch of desert about six miles east of Fountain Hills. It still is. The county gave the developer five years to work out the details for the thousand-home master planned community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred DuVal throws hat in the governors race
The election for Arizona’s next governor is a year and a half away. But the campaign has already started. Fred DuVal announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Longtime political activist Fred DuVal formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
Sept. 20, 2013
AFL-CIO warns airline merger could cause union fallout
A major labor leader is worried a merger between US Airways and American Airlines could cause a battle between two unions that represent ground workers. US Airways and American’s ground workers are represented by two different unions.
Sept. 20, 2013
As lawmakers talk budgets, child advocates call for better funding
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that has failed to keep pace with growing need.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist: Proposition 100 was unavoidable, helpful
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health and public safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds target eight kingpins south of Arizona border
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who operate south of the Arizona border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any kind of business with them can face serious charges.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ballet Arizona plants its dancers at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
Sept. 20, 2013
DES head reveals new program and new vision for social services
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill says no to buying booze or adult entertainment with Electronic Benefit Transfer
Arizona welfare recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer looking for more support on Medicaid expansion
In January, Republican Governor Jan Brewer surprised many by supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona known as AHCCCS. Four months later, she is still drumming up support for the plan, but some legislators and voters are not sold on the idea.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva to Interior Secretary: Do not de-list wolves
An Arizona Congressman is asking the Interior Secretary to cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered. The change would apply to all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, although there would be an exemption for less than 100 Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013

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