KJZZ News

Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group
The Gila River Indian Tribal council called for an investigation yesterday into a group that wants to route a freeway through the Gila River Indian Reservation. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sep. 20, 2013
Camels are part of Arizona history
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Sep. 20, 2013
Looming defense cuts have Arizona industry worried
Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to Arizona aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Sep. 20, 2013
No timetable yet for US 89 repairs
A large stretch of the US Route 89 south of Page remains closed a week after a landslide buckled the pavement.   A section of US 89 in northern Arizona collapsed Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation) The Arizona Department of Transportation still has no timetable for when the road will re-open, and it will be a  couple more weeks before ADOT engineers finish surveying the ground under the roadway, which sunk about five feet into the ground.
Sep. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation peaks interest of uranium mining companies, again
Uranium mining companies are showing renewed interest in the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports several companies have begged the Tribe for permission to once again mine the uranium-rich land it sits upon.
Sep. 20, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to outlaw synthetic drugs
A House bill to outlaw the latest dangerous drug compounds continues to sail through the Arizona Legislature, earning unanimous approval Monday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill aimed at putting a dent into synthetic drug compounds by banning the 'backbone' chemicals, even if they're changed a little later.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona ranchers hoping for a good summer, despite ongoing drought
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
Sep. 20, 2013
Debate continues over $2 student fee
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's Association be overturned.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix pension reform sails through
Phoenix voters have overwhelmingly supported a proposal to reform the city's pension system.   Early results after the polls closed Tuesday showed Proposition 201 passing by nearly 80 percent.  The proposal is expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years.
Sep. 20, 2013
IRS: Software glitch could delay tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
Sep. 20, 2013
Gilbert salon owner loses fish pedicure suit
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle. Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
Sep. 20, 2013
Winter rains could produce dry grass for fire season
Spring arrived in Arizona early Wednesday morning, at 4:02 local time.  And, as KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports from Phoenix, winter was about average this year. The 30-year average says the Phoenix area should get 3.
Sep. 20, 2013
Getting lost in medieval magic
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40 miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most fascinating person at the party.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix $100,000 gun buyback set for May
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says gun owners can turn in their unwanted firearms at the city’s buyback program in May.  The city is using money from a private donor to give out gift cards to anyone who wants to get rid of their weapons.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tucson council supports bill seeking to punish impaired shooters
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to support proposed state legislation that seeks to crack down on people who fire off guns while intoxicated. The bill would make it a felony for a person with a blood alcohol reading greater than the legal limit to shoot a firearm.
Sep. 20, 2013
Some Arizona homeowners eligible for federal foreclosure settlement funds
Some Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement.  But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from the program.
Sep. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Kelli and Anthony Little
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sep. 20, 2013
Cactus League attendance record comes with asterisk
Cactus League baseball drew more than 1.7 million fans to local stadiums this spring. Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe. (Photo by Nick Blumberg - KJZZ) That's about 20,000 more fans than last year, but it’s a record that comes with an asterisk.
Sep. 20, 2013
Scottsdale City Council to vote on pedicab ordinance
The Scottsdale City Council will vote on the proposed pedicab ordinance Tuesday. The council will decide whether to require a driver’s license to operate the passenger tricycles on its city streets.
Sep. 20, 2013
Bill would exempt more employees from unemployment benefits
The state Senate has given its preliminary approval to a bill that would allow religious organizations to avoid paying unemployment taxes for educational and day care workers. Current state law exempts certain work from eligibility for unemployment insurance.
Sep. 20, 2013

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