KJZZ News

Wildfire risk shifts through summer season
State forestry officials are gearing up for what they expect will be an 'average' wildfire season this summer. Fire Information Officer Carrie Dennett says though, wildfires in the West have increased in severity over the last few years.
Mar. 25, 2013
New ASU outreach center opens in California
Arizona State University has opened an outreach center in Santa Monica, Calif. to attract residents of that state to Arizona. Spokesman James O'Brien says the center will also benefit ASU alumni. “Probably our largest alumni association chapter is in Los Angeles and so it provides a place where not only employees of the university but volunteers and alumni and friends of the university can engage,” O’Brien said.
Mar. 25, 2013
Report: One out of six Arizona teens use tobacco products
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
Mar. 25, 2013
Surfwear company markets organic wetsuits made of rubber from Arizona shrub
Environmentally minded surfers who catch cold ocean waves are excited about a new wetsuit made from a plant that thrives in Arizona.   Guayule is grown at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Mar. 25, 2013
U.S. Marshals, local law enforcement crack down on outstanding warrants
A three-day law enforcement operation in central and southern Arizona has led to more than three dozen arrests.  Operation Southern Star II targeted fugitives with outstanding warrants for felonies including drug violations and violent crimes.
Mar. 24, 2013
Historic site dedicated Saturday
Something very old is Arizona’s newest Historic Landmark. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the Murray Springs Clovis Site in southern Arizona will be dedicated Saturday morning. Thirteen thousand years ago, give or take a few decades, hunters took down a mammoth, a bison and possibly other animals during hunts just east of where Sierra Vista is now.
Mar. 23, 2013
FAA to close towers at four Arizona airports
Four Arizona airports are on the FAA’s list for tower closures, due to the sequester cuts.Phoenix Goodyear, Glendale Muni, Laughlin-Bullhead International and Ryan Field in Tucson all made the list – overall, 149 towers nationwide will close, starting on April 7.
Mar. 22, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Barbara Sausen and Pat Sopper
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Best friends Barbara Sausen and Pat Sopper (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Mar. 22, 2013
ADOT proposes alternative to damaged U.S.89
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
Mar. 22, 2013
Getting lost in medieval magic
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40 miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most fascinating person at the party.
Mar. 21, 2013
Hickman approved to Board of Supervisors seat
A West Valley businessman has been appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Clint Hickman replaces former supervisor Max Wilson, who resigned due to health concerns. Clint Hickman takes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors oath of office, administered by Clerk of the Board Fran McCarroll.
Mar. 21, 2013
Scottsdale still tweaking proposed pedicabs ordinance
The City of Scottsdale is still tweaking its proposed pedicabs ordinance. The public will be able to weigh in on the proposal at Thursday night's community forum. The Scottsdale Transportation Commission will submit recommendations on the proposed pedicab ordinance to the city council for a possible vote in April.
Mar. 21, 2013
Amy Silverman: Special Olympics creates choices
Sophie and her grandmother (Photo courtesy of the Silverman family) It was the perfect moment.The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, my mother and I were stretched out on lounge chairs, enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves.
Mar. 21, 2013
Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand access to healthcare for the poor in Arizona got its first hearing in front of the legislature Wednesday, two months after the governor first proposed growing the state’s Medicaid program.
Mar. 21, 2013
Arizona mayors propose sales tax simplification plan
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has released a proposal to simplify the state sales tax system. And, that plan includes taking the most contentious issue off the table for now. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Mar. 20, 2013
Tucson hopes to cut down on bag litter
The Tucson City Council has passed an ordinance aimed at reducing the city’s reliance on plastic shopping bags. Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham is the plan’s sponsor. After hearing residents complain about plastic bag litter, he put together a working group.
Mar. 20, 2013
Phoenix considers $1.2 million effort to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright homes
The half-dozen Frank Lloyd Wright designed-buildings in Phoenix could be designated as historical landmarks. The Phoenix City Council could decide today if they’ll allocate funds to assure the buildings are protected.
Mar. 20, 2013
Former Suns
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
Mar. 20, 2013
Signs (including the ones that say
Housing prices in the Valley are up and foreclosures are down. How long will it be until the area sees a stable housing market?The Arizona Republic's Catherine Reagor, realtor John Wake and attorney Robert Nagle discuss what they're looking for in the recovering market and what buyers and sellers should be wary of.
Mar. 20, 2013

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