KJZZ News

After a wave of short sales, a coming flood of boomerang buyers
Short sales in the Valley peaked in 2011, and that meant a lot of people went from being homeowners to renters. Many had to wait to be eligible for a home loan. Now, a lot of those people are once again and the wave of boomerang buyers is just starting.
Sept. 20, 2013
FDA detains imports of Mexican cucumbers linked to Arizona
Cucumbers distributed from southern Arizona have been linked to salmonella in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration is detaining imports of cucumbers from the Mexican company Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Inmates ordered out of two California prisons after Valley Fever outbreak, deaths
Thousands of inmates at two California prisons may be removed from their current facility to protect them from Valley Fever. Federal medical receiver J. Clark Kelso is in charge of improving health care at California prisons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Eighteen people charged with stealing copper from mine
Eighteen people have been indicted for allegedly stealing ten million dollars worth of raw copper from an Arizona mine. Two supervisors from the ASARCO mine were among the suspects. The thefts from the ASARCO mine near Hayden started as early as 2006, according to investigators.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District unveils plan to comply with federal desegregation order
The Tucson Unified School District has rolled out a nearly $85 million plan to desegregate its schools. The district must spend the money under an order by the U.S. Justice Department to racially diversify its staff and classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Forest Service budget cuts could cost Arizona money
The federal government is telling hundreds of counties across the country it wants some money back. The U.S. Forest Service says it has to cut its budget by five percent because of sequestration, and that could mean several counties in Arizona could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS officer killed near Yuma
A 14-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety was killed Monday night when his patrol car was hit by a tanker truck in southwestern Arizona. The crash took place as three DPS officers were investigating an injury collision in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of Arizonas recent job announcements
In recent months, Governor Jan Brewer has taken part in job expansion announcements in Arizona. Go Daddy's operations in the Valley are growing, and General Motors is bringing a new information technology center to Arizona.
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
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Soldier Basin wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres near Nogales
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County cites states rights with Mexican Gray Wolf ordinance
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county.  But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico creates investigative unit to find missing people
Officials in Mexico say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind stokes mulch fire in South Phoenix
A mulch fire is sending billows of smoke across south Phoenix. Captain Larry Nunez said at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to an agricultural area near 66th Avenue and Dobbins Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules in blood draw case
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles. Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State Ken Bennett to testify in D.C.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee. Bennett will address members of the Committee on House Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration Efficiency Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns president talks teams future and defending John Hinckley
Phoenix Suns President Lon Babby talked about the franchise's efforts to rebuild following its second-worst season. He also discussed his pre-sports career as a Washington, D.C. attorney who was on the defense team for John Hinckley Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013

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