KJZZ News

Phoenix Mercurys popularity is on the rise
The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has added top draft pick Brittney Griner to the lineup this season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner is nationally known for her dunking and defense. Griner's presence is expected to help the organization on and off the court.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewers Medicaid expansion proposal remains stalled in the Arizona House
The Arizona House continues to work behind closed doors to reach an agreement on Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid. The measure has passed in the Senate, but a Republican stalemate over the issue has forced the session into overtime.
Sept. 20, 2013
FBI data show increases of crime in the West in 2012
 Violent crimes have been falling nationally year after year, but preliminary data released by the FBI show that trend reversed in 2012. Crime increases were most apparent in the Western United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Graduation rate increases, but Southwest is below national average
A new study shows the nation’s high school graduation rate continues to improve. Arizona, California and New Mexico are among 46 states reporting better numbers, but despite the boost, the Southwest still lags behind the national average.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT gives driving tips for monsoon season
Arizona's monsoon season gets underway Saturday. State transportation officials are urging drivers to be cautious during the summer storms, by reintroducing their dust storm awareness campaign. The public awareness program reminds motorists of what to do when trapped in a dust storm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Congressman makes controversial comments about rape
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is being attacked for a comment during the latest skirmish over abortion in the U.S. House. A Republican from Arizona’s Eighth District, Franks is sponsoring a bill banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Sept. 20, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chickens that sparked Chandler controversy now missing
A flock of hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban has gone missing. Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
Sept. 20, 2013
Artlink holds its annual meeting
The Phoenix arts organization, Artlink, will gather its volunteers and community members Wednesday night to discuss upcoming plans for "First Fridays" and "Third Fridays," two of its major efforts. Artlink Interim Co-President Catrina Kahler talked about the annual meeting and the organization's mission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Court wont hear Arizona domestic partner case
It was a far less dramatic decision than earlier rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, but the U.S. Supreme Court quietly declined Thursday to hear an appeal from Gov. Jan Brewer in a case with a complicated history.
Sept. 20, 2013
Negotiations continue for Valley Metro operators
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley public transportation ramps up for July 4
Public transportation in the East Valley is ramped up for the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)  The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule, running every 20 minutes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite heat, thousands show up for Phoenix fireworks show
Spectators in the city of Phoenix saw 355 shells per minute explode in the night sky this Fourth of July. More than 75,000 residents watched the show at Steele Indian School Park, with thousands more lining nearby streets.
Sept. 20, 2013
Survey: Rural Residents Feel Ignored By Washington
A new poll shows a majority of the country’s rural residents feel they’re being ignored by the federal government.  The study comes in the wake of the second defeat in two years, of a Farm Bill, by the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senator To Be Tribal Liaison
Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 303 Open Monday After Weekend Closures
Drivers in the West Valley will have some new freeway miles to explore starting Monday. It is part of making the Loop 303, a freeway. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Loop 303, southbound, for most of the weekend to prep three new freeway lanes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon In East Valley Damages Homes, School
A large thunderstorm in the East Valley last night has left the city of Ahwatukee, and the surrounding area, with quite a bit of damage. KJZZ Managing Editor Al Macias went to Desert Vista High School this morning to report on the storm’s aftermath, The scoreboard fell onto the track at Desert Vista High School.
Sept. 20, 2013

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