KJZZ News

Defense Wants Renzi Conviction Overturned
Federal prosecutors want a judge to reject a former Arizona congressman's appeal on corruption charges. Rick Renzi represented what was then Arizona's first congressional district from 2003 until 2009.
Aug. 13, 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.
Aug. 13, 2013
Senator McCain Disagrees With FEMA
Senator John McCain told business leaders in downtown Phoenix Monday that he disagrees with the federal government’s decision to reject disaster relief aid for the Yarnell Hill Fire. Senator John McCain shakes hands with Debbie Johnson, president of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.
Aug. 12, 2013
Senator McCain Lobbies For Immigration Reform In Downtown Phoenix
Senator John McCain used the Congressional recess to lobby for immigration reform in front of business leaders in downtown Phoenix. Senator John McCain shakes hands with Debbie Johnson, president of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.
Aug. 12, 2013
Valley Man Convicted Of Buddhist Temple Murders Granted Retrial
A man convicted of murdering nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple in 1991 is being tried again for those murders. A federal appeals court ruled that Johnathan Doody’s confession before his first trial was not voluntary.
Aug. 12, 2013
Flagstaff Ordiance Could Stop The Feeding Of Wildlife
 Wildlife is becoming a problem for residents in Flagstaff. The Arizona Game and Fish Department said people are purposely leaving food out for animals like deer and elk, attracting the animals.
Aug. 12, 2013
Bisbee
A popular tourist attraction in Southeastern Arizona may be closing down.  Bisbee’s underground mine tour may be a safety hazard. City officials say the mining company that owns the property has notified them it’s terminating the lease for the Queen Mine Tour out of safety concerns.
Aug. 12, 2013
Online Tool Provides Resources, Information For Affordable Care Act
There's now a customized online website to provide specific information about various options under the Affordable Care Act. AARP Arizona's Cynthia Fagyas says in order to use it, you need to answer seven simple questions, like where you live, your gender and your income bracket.
Aug. 12, 2013
McCain Says A Balance Is Needed Between Preserving US Capabilities And American Privacy
President Obama has announced he wants to reform the government surveillance program. It's a program congressman Pete King has called "a monumental failure of wartime leadership." On Fox News, Sunday, Arizona Senator John McCain said the case of NSA leaker Eric Snowden is an indicator of the relationship between the United States and Russia.
Aug. 12, 2013
Huppenthal: School Districts Need To Act Now To Prevent Mass Third Grader Retention
Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
Aug. 12, 2013
Number Of Moms Trying Breastfeeding Increases, But Many Give Up Too Soon
The number of mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control. Katherine Wilson-Thompson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, says that is not an anomaly but that too many of those mothers are giving up too quickly.
Aug. 12, 2013
FCC Votes To Lower Prison Phone Call Costs
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to make long distance phone calls from prison inmates more affordable. It is an issue that prison reform advocates have pressed for a decade. According to a statement released by the FCC, an estimated 2.
Aug. 12, 2013
Tucson Reviews Proposal To Fine Store Owners For Abandoned Shopping Carts
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders.  Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
Aug. 12, 2013
Perseid Meteor Shower Will Light Up Arizona Sky
Arizonans can look upon a shooting star this weekend. The Perseid meteor shower happens every August, and at its peak it is quite radiant. Brian Skiff is a research scientist with the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
Aug. 12, 2013
Access To Medical Records Could Boost Patient Engagement, Lower Costs
Managing your personal medical records is a huge question without a clear answer. Some see portability of and easy access to health histories as the key to getting patients more focused on their own well being.
Aug. 9, 2013
Prosecutors And Medical Marijuana Advocates Disagree Over Driving Under The Influence
Arizona’s medical marijuana program was approved by the state’s voters in 2010 but took a while to be fully implemented, and it is complicating life for law enforcement. Some prosecutors in the Valley are arguing that any trace of pot in a driver’s blood equals driving under the influence, but Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley said medical marijuana advocates disagree.
Aug. 9, 2013
Getting Other Perspectives On The Phoenix City Council Election Forums
We spoke with KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd who gave a recap of the KJZZ Town Halls this week. Along with Al Macias, he hosted candidate forums for each of the four contested Phoenix City Council races. You can hear all of the forums in their entirety and check out stories about issues affecting each of those districts.
Aug. 9, 2013

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