KJZZ News

An Arizona man is in federal custody after allegedly attempting to open the emergency exit door on an Alaska Airlines plane as it was landing in Portland, Ore. Some passengers and crew members restrained 23-year-old Alexander Herrera.
May 28, 2013
A social service agency based in Detroit, Mich. is working to bring its unusual approach to poverty to Arizona. Matrix Human Services treats poverty like an illness and its clients like patients. President Marcella Wilson says the first thing they ask people is: “What is your dream?” “So if that person wishes to be a nurse, we start with basic needs—food, clothing shelter,” Wilson said.
May 28, 2013
Firefighters are attempting to get the upper hand on a wildfire north of Young, Ariz., on the Tonto National Forest. The blaze charred over 15 acres after being spotted Monday afternoon and is burning in mixed conifer on steep terrain, according to spokeswoman Tammy Pike.
May 28, 2013
Lawmakers from northern states are saying “no” to a proposed study of a fee to enter the United States by land. They say it will hurt cities along the U.S. - Canadian border. Last month the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study an entry fee at the nation's land border crossings.
May 28, 2013
Laundry detergent, Hershey’s bars, and produce stickers may not be what you’d expect to see in a fine art gallery. But as KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art uses the grocery store to inspire art, and conversation.
May 28, 2013
As another dry and dangerous summer begins, Arizona’s response to wildfires is likely to include some high-tech elements. In the past, fire teams have used overnight infrared flights to find out how big a wildfire is, and how much of it is contained.
May 28, 2013
A Democratic state lawmaker is holding a public forum Tuesday to review allegations of misconduct at the Arizona National Guard. The meeting comes after an investigation found ethical missteps and inappropriate sexual activity among guard members.
May 28, 2013
Officials in Mexico say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.
May 27, 2013
Arizona Senator John McCain spent his Memorial Day meeting with rebel leaders in Syria Monday. Sen. John McCain traveled to Syria Monday, according to reports. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Sen. McCain)  According to reports from CNN and Politico, McCain met with the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council Leader General Salem Idris.
May 27, 2013
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is getting a donation this week, in recognition of National Safe Boating Week. The life jackets are being contributed by Native Air, an Air Ambulance company. Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says life jackets are major life savers.
May 27, 2013
The Arizona Department of Health Services is urging people heading to their summer homes to be careful, during the cleaning process. Epidemiologist Joli Weiss says they need to watch for signs of mice droppings or urine that could lead to deadly hantavirus.
May 27, 2013
A Tucson activist is launching an initiative campaign this week aimed at requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Jon McLane says he's concerned about the safety of plants that may have been altered to perhaps create their own pesticides.
May 27, 2013
College graduation is a huge milestone. It also starts a countdown -- six months until the first student loan payment is due. Americans owe close to $1 trillion in student loans right now. Last fall, student loan debt surpassed consumer credit like credit cards and car loans to become the country’s largest pool of debt.
May 27, 2013
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke at a university graduation in New York Saturday. The former U.S. Representative says the future of today's college graduates "shines bright." Giffords spoke for 80 seconds at Bard’s College’s commencement and urged graduates to “be bold, be courageous, be your best.
May 26, 2013
With wildfire season upon us, it’s important to understand a key term you’ll hear a lot of -- how much of a fire is “contained.” “When we say ‘contained,’ we still have fire crews out there who will monitor the fire and make sure that we can hold that line, so that’s very different than calling it ‘controlled,’" said Carrie Dennett, fire prevention officer for Arizona State Forestry.
May 26, 2013
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity.
May 25, 2013
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
May 24, 2013
Fewer Arizonans will be traveling this holiday weekend than last year. But, of those who do, more will get there by car. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, that could be good news for the state’s economy.
May 24, 2013
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple baseball bats.
May 24, 2013
The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is on hold while the parties work toward a settlement. The Nation sued Urban Outfitters in March of last year, saying the clothing company violated trademarks of the Navajo name.
May 24, 2013

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