KJZZ News

Arizonans Experience Mars On Earth
This week, two Arizonans returned from Mars – or the closest thing to it on Earth. The six participants in the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Habitat spent four months living together in a small dome - and could only leave the space for brief periods if they wore mock spacesuits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Annual Health Conference Educates Arizonans In Rural Areas
Trying to educate Arizonans about their health care options as Medicaid and health insurance exchanges get underway can be particularly challenging in rural areas, according to Dr. Dan Derksen. Dr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempes Big Surf Recognized As A Historic Landmark
Surfing in the desert is not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of sand but not much water. That is what has made Big Surf in Tempe such a big deal since it opened in 1969, and now Big Surf’s Waikiki Beach Wave Pool has been designated a historic landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debra Milke Back In Court Friday
A woman once convicted in connection with the murder of her 4-year-old son will be in court Friday. Debra Milke was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of her son. That conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court earlier this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Venezuelan Colonel Sentenced In Military Airplane Engine Case
A federal judge in Phoenix has sentenced a Venezuelan Air Force colonel to 19 months in prison for conspiring to export military aircraft engines to his home country. A local businessman was also involved in the scheme.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Police Arrest 12 For Illegal Sale Of Prescription Drugs
A year-long investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs by the Mesa Police Department has resulted in 12 arrests so far. The department’s Street Crimes Unit has spent the last 12 months looking into people who either own or operate Yerberia shops in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Many Fire Restrictions Lifted
The Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on public lands in Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave Counties as of 6 this morning. Spokeswoman Lori Cook says there are a number of reasons for the decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cuts In SNAP Program Will Lower Food Allowance
Starting in November, 1.1 million Arizonans will be trying to buy food for $4.15 a day.  That is because of cuts in the SNAP program, more commonly known as food stamps. The Association of Arizona Food Banks is bracing for the challenge of feeding those who are affected, but President Angie Rodgers said that likely will last just a few weeks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Real Estate After The Great Recession
It’s almost impossible to overstate the impact, positive and negative, that real estate and construction have on Arizona’s economy. When the Great Recession hit, the Valley’s housing market was pummeled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Colorado River Fundraising Drive Planned For This Weekend
A coalition of environmental groups is launching a fundraising drive for Saturday.  They will be trying to restore part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has become more desert than delta. Conservationists from Mexico and the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Zozobra Goes Up In Flames
A nearly century old New Mexico tradition involves the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy along with the world's gloom.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rare Crocodiles Hatch At Phoenix Reptile Rescue
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s increasingly rare in the wild.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prescott Given Survivor Tree Seedling
A piece of 9/11 history will soon be taking root in Prescott. The city was presented with a seedling Wednesday from a tree rescued from the rubble of the terror attacks in New York City. Prescott received the gift in honor of its resiliency after the loss of 19 elite fire fighters in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Aspect To Admission Process Proposed For TUSD High School
The Tucson Unified School District has been under court supervision for decades as part of a mandate to desegregate its schools. This week, the district proposed a new part of the admissions process for the selective University High School.
Sept. 20, 2013
Suspect Flees From Police, Falls Off Cliff
A Kingman man is recovering after falling off a cliff while he was trying to run from police. Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy Rusty Cooper says 30-year-old Michael Caughlin faces a number of charges after driving off when he was stopped, and running away on foot when his car got stuck.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines and US Airways Employees Rally In Washington, DC
It's the latest on the stalled merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways. The carriers had high hopes of completing that merger by the end of this month, but a suit filed by the Department of Justice and several states including Arizona has put those on hold.
Sept. 20, 2013
Martin Hails Supreme Court Ruling
( Phoenix, AZ ) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 against a key component of Arizona's public campaign finance system called Clean Elections. Justices  found a matching funds provision burdens privately financed candidates and third party groups.
Sept. 20, 2013
Contest Winners
Jenny Ferguson of Chandler is the winner of the Las Vegas trip.  She pledged to support Fronteras first thing yesterday morning.
Sept. 20, 2013
All-Star Rosters Disappoint
Tonight is the 2011 All-Star game at Chase Field. KJZZ's Morning Edition Host Dennis Lambert spoke with MLB.com's Barry Bloom about some of the unique aspects of this years event.
Sept. 20, 2013
Unloading the House, Untying the Knot
Splitting up is never easy, but now divorce is a nightmare. Roughly three million marriages have ended since the nation’s housing crisis began. And lawyers have little choice but to write provisions into divorce decrees that can tie estranged couples together for years after the marriage is over.
Sept. 20, 2013

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