KJZZ News

Winds pushing smoke from wildfires into Phoenix
Fire crews made some progress on Tuesday as they battled multiple wildfires across Arizona. The Sunflower Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Phoenix had grown to almost 5,000 acres. Meanwhile the community of Crown King remained under an evacuation order.
Sep. 20, 2013
Maricopa County treasurer trying to block settlement payment to county supervisor
The Maricopa County Treasurer is trying to block a near-million-dollar payment to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. A federal court ordered the payment last week, but County Treasurer Charles Hoskins wants to know if he should have a say in the matter.
Sep. 20, 2013
Fugitive who threatened Arpaio may be in Arizona
A man who recently threatened the lives of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family may be heading to Arizona. Tennessee resident Adam Cox has not been seen in about three weeks, around the time he told his probation officer of his plans to head west.
Sep. 20, 2013
Luring manufacturing jobs back to Arizona
The push is on from the White House on down for American companies to return manufacturing jobs to U.S. soil. As Governor Brewer talks up Arizona in France and Germany, Morning Edition's Dennis Lambert spoke with Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court says juries can consider lesser charges
The Arizona Supreme Court says a jury can consider lesser charges against a defendant, even if the defense and prosecution don’t want them to. The court’s unanimous ruling upholds a man’s conviction for manslaughter, even though prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder.
Sep. 20, 2013
Education Secretary discusses the cost of college
The Obama administration has been pushing Congress to extend low-priced loans for college students, beyond the end of this month. Without intervention from Congress, the rate will double on July 1. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert discussed the cost of a college education with U.
Sep. 20, 2013
Barber elected to replace Giffords
PHOENIX (Associated Press) — Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.
Sep. 20, 2013
District 9 Republican Candidate Forum - June 25
The race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the state. This newly formed district will serve the Ahwatukee Foothills, west Chandler, west Mesa, Tempe, parts of Paradise Valley, south Scottsdale and north-central Phoenix.
Sep. 20, 2013
Ron Barber to hold first event at a Tucson Safeway
Newly elected Representative Ron Barber will hold his first "Congress on the Corner" event this weekend in Tucson. Barber was sworn in this week, replacing former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded at a similar event lat year.
Sep. 20, 2013
New playoff system for college football championship expected in 2014
College football has adopted a four-team playoff to determine its national champion.  The new system will replace the Bowl Championship Series in the 2014 season.  Dennis Lambert was joined by Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton to discuss the new playoff and its impact on the Valley.
Sep. 20, 2013
More Arizonans plan July 4 travel
Research from AAA and I.H.S. Global Insight finds that more than 800,000 Arizonans have a vacation planned for the Independence Day holiday. AAA predicts a 5 percent increase over how many Arizonans took a Fourth of July trip last year.
Sep. 20, 2013
Voters to consider change to state
The signatures are in. Arizona voters will consider a major change to the way the state holds its primary elections. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reportsThursday was the deadline to get the primary initiative on November’s ballot.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona?s Medicaid options
Two experts explain the current options that surround Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, and how the Affordable Care Act will affect the program. Sue Gerard, former director of the State Department of Health Services and current member of the board of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, says the current system is a bridge plan to keep the system running until 2014.
Sep. 20, 2013
Senator Kyl defends Romney on Bain Capital issue
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is defending Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on claims his company, Bain Capital, outsourced jobs while he was still at the helm. On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Kyl said President Obama was stretching the truth in making the charges.
Sep. 20, 2013
US Airways could move to Texas if merger goes through
US Airways CEO Doug Parker confirmed to a National Press Club audience Wednesday that if his airline merges with American Airlines, the Valley would lose its only airline headquarters. Parker said the merged company would keep American's name and be headquartered in Texas.
Sep. 20, 2013
Delegating or distancing? Arpaio says decisions made by senior staff
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the witness stand Tuesday in the civil rights case against him. In his testimony Arpaio asserted he never ordered his staff to racially profile Hispanics. KJZZ's NAR was at the hearing in Phoenix and has this report.
Sep. 20, 2013
Hepatitis C scare could affect hundreds of patients
Health officials here in Arizona are urging hundreds of people to seek testing for hepatitis C. As KJZZ's Mark Moran reports, patients at hospitals in the city could have been exposed. Health officials are warning almost 300 people who were treated at two Phoenix hospitals that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C.
Sep. 20, 2013
Survivor of Mesa Sikh murder calls for gun control
Seven people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting broke out Sunday at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. Rana Singh Sodhi is a Mesa restaurant owner whose brother Balbir was killed after the Sept.
Sep. 20, 2013
Airline performance up on schedules, baggage
Good news for air travelers. You’re more likely to arrive on time with your luggage. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the airlines are on pace to have their best performance since 1984.Nearly 84 percent of domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in the first half of this year.
Sep. 20, 2013

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