KJZZ News

The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
July 17, 2013
When it is 115 degrees outside or 105 degrees with rising humidity, you may not want to heat up your kitchen by cooking in the oven, and firing up the barbecue is not a refreshing way to spend the afternoon, either.
July 17, 2013
State police in Phoenix have seized a load of heroin worth about $1.5 million.  It is the agency’s biggest heroin bust in memory, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves. The largest heroin bust in Arizona DPS memory occured when 60 pounds of the drug were found in three West Phoenix homes.
July 17, 2013
The merits, legality and logistics of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program have spent a lot of time in traditional courtrooms, even after a majority in the court of public opinion approved it at the ballot box in 2010.
July 17, 2013
How often are you tempted to eat something that may not be very good for you? Many scientists, doctors and journalists have blamed process foods for the obesity epidemic in the U.S.  The current issue of The Atlantic explores whether ignoring Americans' taste for so-called junk food instead of fruits and vegetables is exacerbating food-related health problems.
July 17, 2013
The business of health care. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has many providers and physicians wondering about what is to come, and both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems are exploring mergers.
July 17, 2013
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has made some changes to the department’s leadership. A few were promoted, while others were demoted. With more on the story is Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley, who wrote about it in Wednesday morning’s paper and online at Azcentral.
July 17, 2013
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
July 17, 2013
A judge has dismissed two federal charges against an Iraqi man accused of detonating an explosive device outside a federal building in Casa Grande, but state and other federal charges are still pending.
July 17, 2013
Arizona firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1902 will be memorialized at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Governor Jan Brewer held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday of the law creating the memorial, which was approved in this year's Legislative session.
July 17, 2013
A suit filed Tuesday would overturn a new law dealing with homeowner associations, not because of what it says, but how it was enacted. The changes passed the state House of Representatives earlier this year but were stalled in the Senate.
July 17, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer is defending Arizona's "stand your ground" law in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Zimmerman was found not guilty after his attorneys claimed he felt threatened with 'great bodily harm' when he confronted by teenager Trayvon Martin.
July 17, 2013
Hundreds of protestors marched the streets of downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night as a show of solidarity with other cities across the country. The group is part of a national effort they’re calling a ‘blackout’ movement.
July 16, 2013
Don’t ignore your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
July 16, 2013
Ahwatukee residents and officials are dealing with the damage of Monday night's storm Tuesday. Six of the 12 schools of the Kyrene School District in the town were hit by the storm. Storm damage in an Ahwatukee neighborhood.
July 16, 2013
A series of strong rain storms has prompted officials to lift fire restrictions in five Arizona National Forests, but the active monsoon season does not mean the fire danger is completely over. Fire restrictions will be lifted Wednesday in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in central and northern Arizona, and restrictions will be lifted on Friday in the Coronado National forest in the southeastern part of the state.
July 16, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
July 16, 2013
Arizona gets a good grade in a new report on how well states teach financial literacy to high school students. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College gives Arizona a "B" for its efforts.
July 16, 2013
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are back in court, in an effort to force Arizona to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're authorized to be in the country to get a license.
July 16, 2013
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for a typical Arizona monsoon storm.
July 16, 2013

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