KJZZ News

The Future For Agricultural Water Use And Water Delivery In Arizona
Live in the Southwest for any amount of time, and you get used to very dry conditions, but the past dozen years have approached historic levels of drought. That has led the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reduce the water released from Colorado River system reservoirs.
Aug. 16, 2013
Appeals Court Rules Thomas, Aubuchon Can Be Sued
A panel of federal appeals judges have ruled that a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a former Maricopa county attorney and a top aide can proceed. That means the county is on the line for any potential damages.
Aug. 16, 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.
Aug. 16, 2013
Feds
It has not been the best week ever for American Airlines and US Airways. A federal bankruptcy judge said he is not sure he can approve American’s plan to come out of bankruptcy protection after the federal government and a handful of states including Arizona filed suit, challenging the carrier’s merger with Tempe-based US Airways.
Aug. 16, 2013
University Of Arizona Football Stadium Construction Work Is Finished
The remodeling of the University of Arizona football stadium is finally complete after two years of construction in Tucson. The $72 million project includes the installation of 4,000 new seats in the north end zone.
Aug. 16, 2013
Hot Corner: Old Town Scottsdale
We are exploring the new, up and coming or otherwise unique and interesting neighborhoods around the Valley in an occasional segment we are calling the Hot Corner. Gwen Ashley Walters says Old Town Scottsdale has added several independent, locally-owned restaurants over the past couple of years.
Aug. 16, 2013
Summer Nights: Touring The Desert Botanical Gardens With A Flashlight
The sun is just beginning to set behind Papago Peak as cars roll into the parking lot of the Desert Botanical Gardens. The cooler dusk air beckons animals, blooming plants, and—Phoenicians—to enjoy the outdoors.
Aug. 16, 2013
Arizonans Experience Mars On Earth
This week, two Arizonans returned from Mars – or the closest thing to it on Earth. The six participants in the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Habitat spent four months living together in a small dome - and could only leave the space for brief periods if they wore mock spacesuits.
Aug. 16, 2013
Did You Know: Valley Broadcast Museum Highlights Industry History
Wallace and Ladmo, Dick Van Dyke, Jack Clifford, Al McCoy. These are the stories and people you can learn about at a broadcasting museum. One of the rooms of the House of Broadcasting museum. It is decked out with equipment and framed photos on the wall.
Aug. 16, 2013
MLB To Consider Instant Replay
Baseball fans may see fewer managers arguing with umpires next year. Instant replay for almost every play of a game has tentatively been approved for next season. Owners, umpires and the players union must give the plan final approval.
Aug. 16, 2013
Record Number Of People Using Public Transit
More people are riding the bus and light rail. In fact, a record number opted for public transit according to the latest numbers from Valley Metro which operates the transit system. Most people took the bus.
Aug. 16, 2013
Arizona Officially Recognizes Miniature Horses As Service Animals
It will not be long before people in Arizona can officially use miniature horses as service animals. Starting next month, a new state law goes into effect that allows the small horses to help the blind and people in wheelchairs the same way a dog would.
Aug. 16, 2013
Phoenix Company Buys 4000 Acres Of Land Near Casa Grande
Phoenix land company Vermaland bought 4000 acres near Casa Grande this week. This map graphic highlights in yellow the land proposed for the La Osa Ranch project in Pinal County. (Map courtesy of Land Advisors Organization) A sign of continued growth in the housing market, their master plan calls for residential lots, parks and commercial space.
Aug. 15, 2013
Arizona Receives Federal Grants For Next Year
Some Arizona community groups are getting $2 million to sign up people for health care expansion next year.  The grants will be used to hire staff to add patients to the state’s Medicaid system and help others purchase insurance under the new federal health care act.
Aug. 15, 2013
Foreclosure Filings In Arizona Down 60 Percent Year-Over-Year
Arizona is no longer among the top ten states with the highest number of foreclosure starts, according to housing data firm RealtyTrac -- for the first time since February 2007. The state saw 3,300 new foreclosure filings in July, a slight increase from the previous month but a 60 percent decrease since last year.
Aug. 15, 2013
Kingman Motel Gets Route 66 Grant
Kingman’s Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only National Park Service Route 66 grant. Hill Top Motel has been around since the 1950s and is now undergoing a renovation.
Aug. 15, 2013
U.S. Requests Rearrest Of Mexican Drug Lord
The United States has formally requested the rearrest of Mexican drug lord Raphael Caro Quintero.  He was unexpectedly freed from a Mexican prison last week. He had served 28 years for the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena.
Aug. 15, 2013

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