KJZZ News

The Hopi tribe is tangled in a legal battle with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. At issue is a dump the federal agency operated for 50 years near Tuba City in Northern Arizona. The local tribes say the aquifer lying under the dump shows dangerous levels of uranium.
January 02, 2012
Parking on the street in downtown Phoenix is going to get easier in 2012. The number of hours people have to pay to park could be reduced and more user-friendly parking meters could be in place a year from now.
January 02, 2012
Many Arizona workers are getting a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage goes up today to $7.65. KJZZ’s Al Macias explains. Arizona voters approved a state minimum wage in 2006 that is not tied to the federal rate of $7.
January 01, 2012
Time travel is a concept most people associate with H.G. Wells, Star Trek, or Back to the Future. But in fact, time travel is possible…it’s just a question of how fast, and in what direction.  Arizona State University professor Paul Davies wants you to know that you travel through time every day, by simply moving forward: it’s just kind of hard to notice, because we usually only gain about a billionth of a second or so.
December 31, 2011
Police in Page, Arizona, are worried about people freezing to death after a detox center on the border of the Navajo Nation closed. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.LAUREL MORALES: State budget cuts and unexpectedly low enrollment numbers at the detox center forced the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority to pull its funding.
December 31, 2011
December 30, 2011
Arizona Game and Fish is working to reintroduce Rocky Mountain Big Horn rams to the herd after the Wallow Fire. A Rocky Mountain Big Horn ram was captured in November at the Freeport-McMoRan Mine in Morenci.
December 30, 2011
Public safety advocates are spreading the word that although it's legal to buy fireworks any place in Arizona, it's illegal to use them in many places.  From Phoenix, KJZZ's Lynn Kelly reports.Since the Arizona Legislature opened the door to fireworks in 2010 by allowing their sale, it is still very possible that it is illegal in your community since many cities and counties can ban or restrict their use.
December 29, 2011
Few, if any, standards safeguard the self-help industry. And that led to tragedy for three people who died in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony in 2009. The leader was sent to prison in November. Now the victims’ families want regulations to protect those seeking enlightenment.
December 29, 2011
The logjam in Washington over immigration reform has led to an unintended consequence: Fraud. For years, the federal government in San Antonio has targeted so-called “notarios,” or scammers who promise miracles to immigrants who need legal papers.
December 29, 2011
Governor Jan Brewer is reviewing recommendations for improving Arizona's Child Protective Services system.  Brewer had created a task force to address problems within CPS.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.
December 28, 2011
Political observers Chip Scutari, Jaime Molera and Barry Dill talk with Host Steve Goldstein about Arizona politics in 2011--including why the state's Independent Redistricting Commission was worth fighting about.
December 28, 2011
If someone asked you, “How do you define American?” what would you say? Would you talk about nostalgic things like apple pie and baseball? Or would you refer to Webster’s dictionary for its literal meaning? In the charged world of immigration politics, many are now arguing about what it means to be an American and who’s deserving of the title.
December 28, 2011
Arizona is taking in more money than had been expected this year and that has led to a projected budget surplus for fiscal year 2012. But  State Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal is not asking for more dollars for education.
December 28, 2011
The City of Phoenix is issuing its annual warning today against shooting guns into the air this holiday season.A city spokesman says it's a problem twice a year -- at New Year's and the Fourth of July.
December 28, 2011
The independent bar counsel has filed its closing arguments in the disciplinary hearing of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two others. They’ll file their responses in the next couple of weeks.
December 27, 2011
The S&P Case-Shiller Home price Index, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, announced today that while nationally home prices are still below where they were a year ago, Phoenix did show a slight increase of point-three percent -- KJZZ's Lynn Kelly has more.
December 27, 2011
Mental health services in Arizona have been cut dramatically over the past several years. But for children who need mental health care, it’s not always a lack of funding that’s the problem. Parents face different approaches to treatment, bureaucratic hurdles, and a lack of readily available information.
December 27, 2011
Phoenix is a great place to study climate change, scientists say -- because it's hot here in a way that they predict other American cities soon will be. Arizona State University researchers have released a study that says we're not all going to be hit with the effects of urban heating equally.
December 27, 2011
One of Arizona’s main budget-writers says he doesn’t expect any more spending cuts in the budget for the coming fiscal year.  From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.  MARK BRODIE: State lawmakers cut around a billion dollars in the current fiscal year’s budget, but the state has been bringing in more money than expected so far this year.
December 26, 2011

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