KJZZ News

Some Charges Dropped In Casa Grande Explosion
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Unemployment Up To 8 Percent
Arizona's jobless rate was up two-tenths of a point last month, on some unexpected soft numbers in education. It's not unusual for education to drop off at this time of the year, as non-professional staffers are laid off over the summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Safford City Council Set To Vote On Water Rate Increase
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Nash?s Ex-Wife Asks Court For More Child Support Money
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled former Suns star Steve Nash may have to pay additional child support to his ex-wife. Arizona law has guidelines for child support. Under them, Nash owed about $2,800 a month to his former wife Alejandra for their three children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Female Detention Officer Recovers From Assault In Winslow Prison
A state corrections officer is continuing her recovery after being beaten by two inmates at the state prison complex in Winslow, a week ago. Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says the incident took place in the Kaibab unit of the prison.
Sept. 20, 2013
The documentary film 'Blackfish,' about Tilikum, the now infamous orca responsile for three deaths while in captivity at Sea World, opened in limited release this weekend.  The film looks at the death of a Sea World trainer in 2010 and shows orcas being captured, as babies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Announces New Mesa Campus
The City of Mesa has landed its sixth university in the last two years. Grand Canyon University announced Tuesday that its new East Valley campus would be built in Mesa. The new East Valley campus of GCU will be built in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Council Race Has Candidates Aplenty
Early voting starts Thursday for the Phoenix City Council. In some districts, the field could be wide open. In Districts 2 and 6, incumbents are battling one challenger apiece, but with Districts 4 and 8 in central and south Phoenix things are little more complex.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Dozens Of Cicadas Species
Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Large Youth Population Gives Maryvale Village Hope For The Future
Our series "Phoenix Votes" moves to the West Valley and District 4. Over the years, Maryvale has suffered a troubled reputation. Children play foosball at the Golden Gate Community Center. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) In 2006, police data revealed that murders, drug crimes and prostitution were at a decade-long high.
Sept. 20, 2013
Suns Player Arrested During Traffic Stop After Officer Finds Marijuana In Car
Suns forward Michael Beasley is in trouble with the law, again. He was arrested early yesterday in Scottsdale after a traffic stop. Police spokesman, Officer David Pubins says an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Beasley's vehicle.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM Stepping Up Warnings At The Wave
Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border.  It’s an area that caters to experienced hikers. The Wave not only requires hiking skills, but survival and navigation skills as well.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ending Chronic Homelessness For Phoenix Veterans
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Horne Wants To Speed Up Action On Death Row Appeals
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is suing the Justice Department to allow Arizona to participate in a program that brings quicker action on appeals by death row inmates. Horne says Arizona followed Bush-era rules that shaved about 10 years off the average delay, but that President Barack Obama scrapped them and has yet to draft new ones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Newspaper Downsizing May Not Mean Loss Of Community Coverage
The latest downsizing by the Gannett Corporation earlier this month included 29 people being fired by The Arizona Republic. Several of those laid off were specifically involved as editors of the newspaper’s community opinion pages.
Sept. 20, 2013
Studying City Pension Systems
The Goldwater Institute has sued the city of Phoenix to stop so-called pension spiking, mainly among police officers and firefighters.  That practice allows workers to cash in unused vacation or sick time before they retire, which increases their pensions, and it has been an issue in this month’s city council elections, as some of the candidates in districts 4, 6 and 8 spoke about at the forums hosted by KJZZ.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Pressure Over Arizona Means More Unseasonably Hot Temperatures
With the Valley under an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service is predicting more unseasonably hot temperatures. Meteorologist Matthew Hersch says there’s a ridge of high pressure sitting over Arizona, but that relief is in sight.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wells Fargo Lays Off 300 in Arizona
Wells Fargo Bank announced it will lay off nearly 300 employees in Tempe as part of a nationwide cutback. Wells Fargo earned a net income of $5.5 billion in the second quarter this year. It was a record, but rising interest rates have made the company’s home refinancing business less profitable.
Sept. 20, 2013
Some Food Truck Operators Go Stationary
The Valley’s food truck scene has grown significantly over the past several years, and now some operators are moving to a…less mobile…environment. Jeff Kraus parked his food truck for good when he opened Crepe Bar in Tempe, but is looking to get back on the road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Deal Gives Wandering Wolves From Mexico Protection Status
Federal officials have agreed not to try to capture and relocate wolves that enter Arizona, from Mexico. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has been involved in a reintroduction program for the wolves for nearly two decades, but the announcement that Mexico was launching its own reintroduction program, just south of the border, caused complications.
Sept. 20, 2013

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