KJZZ News

"Diving Lady" returns to Mesa
 She took her first plunge sometime in the early 1960s. A storm in 2010 ended her career, but now Mesa’s "Diving Lady" is about to return. The "Diving Lady" lit up again Tuesday night in Mesa.
Apr. 2, 2013
Lawmakers hope to refinance unemployment insurance loan
Arizona legislators want to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its jobless fund solvent.
Apr. 1, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Ed and Claire Kerr
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Apr. 1, 2013
Some Arizona homeowners eligible for federal foreclosure settlement funds
Some Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement.  But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from the program.
Apr. 1, 2013
Diamondbacks sporting new look for Opening Day
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders, Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
Apr. 1, 2013
State Supreme Court may consider marijuana driving case
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving under the influence.
Apr. 1, 2013
Governor to legislature: please slow down
The Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin says lawmakers are on target for wrapping up their session, but he's willing to put on the brakes to give Governor Jan Brewer a break. “The governor has asked us to please slow down,” Tobin said.
Apr. 1, 2013
Man convicted for Pioneer Hotel fire to be released
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but has maintained his innocence.
Apr. 1, 2013
Firebird Raceway
After 30 years in business, the lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
Apr. 1, 2013
Holistic health care goes to school
For many uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
Apr. 1, 2013
Peeps candy celebrates 60th anniversary this year
The popular candy Peeps is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The fluffy, yellow confection was originally an Easter candy but has become a cultural icon, evolving into different shapes and colors.
Mar. 31, 2013
Scientists to temporarily lose contact with Mars rover Curiosity
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own for a little while starting next week. Jim Bell, a professor for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, told us why and what it will be doing in the interim.
Mar. 30, 2013
Fire danger high in southeastern Arizona over holiday weekend
Southern Arizona forest officials said the wildfire danger is high, and they want people to be careful with campfires over the holiday weekend. Although the warm weather is only beginning to set in, the threat of wildfires is already a concern in southeastern Arizona.
Mar. 30, 2013
Navajo lawmakers fund study of coal mine
Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have voted to pursue the possible purchase of a coal mine. During a special session of the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock on Friday, legislators approved a $2.
Mar. 29, 2013
Arizona judge rules
A transgender Arizona man who made headlines for being pregnant as a man has been denied a divorce from his current wife. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided their marriage can't be legally recognized or dissolved in Arizona.
Mar. 29, 2013
Firebird International Raceway to close in April
Firebird International Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley. Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
Mar. 29, 2013
Mexican gray wolf celebrates 15 years in the Southwest
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwestern U.S., but wildlife advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the wolves’ long-term survival.
Mar. 29, 2013
Arizona aerospace firms seek FAA approval to test unmanned aircraft
Arizona is among 37 states seeking federal approval for the testing of unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes. The Federal Aviation Adminstration will issue permits for drone operators in six states.
Mar. 28, 2013
CDC: Valley Fever cases in Arizona, Southwest, rise
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of Valley Fever in Arizona and some other Southwestern states rose dramatically between 1998 and 2011. The CDC says there were a little more than 2,200 cases in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah in 1998 , but that by 2011, those states reported more than 22,000 cases.
Mar. 28, 2013
Tucson council supports bill seeking to punish impaired shooters
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to support proposed state legislation that seeks to crack down on people who fire off guns while intoxicated. The bill would make it a felony for a person with a blood alcohol reading greater than the legal limit to shoot a firearm.
Mar. 28, 2013

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