KJZZ News

State forestry officials are gearing up for what they expect will be an 'average' wildfire season this summer. Fire Information Officer Carrie Dennett says though, wildfires in the West have increased in severity over the last few years.
March 25, 2013
Arizona State University has opened an outreach center in Santa Monica, Calif. to attract residents of that state to Arizona. Spokesman James O'Brien says the center will also benefit ASU alumni. “Probably our largest alumni association chapter is in Los Angeles and so it provides a place where not only employees of the university but volunteers and alumni and friends of the university can engage,” O’Brien said.
March 25, 2013
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
March 25, 2013
Environmentally minded surfers who catch cold ocean waves are excited about a new wetsuit made from a plant that thrives in Arizona.   Guayule is grown at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
March 25, 2013
A three-day law enforcement operation in central and southern Arizona has led to more than three dozen arrests.  Operation Southern Star II targeted fugitives with outstanding warrants for felonies including drug violations and violent crimes.
March 24, 2013
Something very old is Arizona’s newest Historic Landmark. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the Murray Springs Clovis Site in southern Arizona will be dedicated Saturday morning. Thirteen thousand years ago, give or take a few decades, hunters took down a mammoth, a bison and possibly other animals during hunts just east of where Sierra Vista is now.
March 23, 2013
Four Arizona airports are on the FAA’s list for tower closures, due to the sequester cuts.Phoenix Goodyear, Glendale Muni, Laughlin-Bullhead International and Ryan Field in Tucson all made the list – overall, 149 towers nationwide will close, starting on April 7.
March 22, 2013
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Best friends Barbara Sausen and Pat Sopper (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
March 22, 2013
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
March 22, 2013
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.
March 21, 2013
A West Valley businessman has been appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Clint Hickman replaces former supervisor Max Wilson, who resigned due to health concerns. Clint Hickman takes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors oath of office, administered by Clerk of the Board Fran McCarroll.
March 21, 2013
The City of Scottsdale is still tweaking its proposed pedicabs ordinance. The public will be able to weigh in on the proposal at Thursday night's community forum. The Scottsdale Transportation Commission will submit recommendations on the proposed pedicab ordinance to the city council for a possible vote in April.
March 21, 2013
Sophie and her grandmother (Photo courtesy of the Silverman family) It was the perfect moment.The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, my mother and I were stretched out on lounge chairs, enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves.
March 21, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand access to healthcare for the poor in Arizona got its first hearing in front of the legislature Wednesday, two months after the governor first proposed growing the state’s Medicaid program.
March 21, 2013
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has released a proposal to simplify the state sales tax system. And, that plan includes taking the most contentious issue off the table for now. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
March 20, 2013
The Tucson City Council has passed an ordinance aimed at reducing the city’s reliance on plastic shopping bags. Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham is the plan’s sponsor. After hearing residents complain about plastic bag litter, he put together a working group.
March 20, 2013
The half-dozen Frank Lloyd Wright designed-buildings in Phoenix could be designated as historical landmarks. The Phoenix City Council could decide today if they’ll allocate funds to assure the buildings are protected.
March 20, 2013
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
March 20, 2013
Housing prices in the Valley are up and foreclosures are down. How long will it be until the area sees a stable housing market?The Arizona Republic's Catherine Reagor, realtor John Wake and attorney Robert Nagle discuss what they're looking for in the recovering market and what buyers and sellers should be wary of.
March 20, 2013

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