KJZZ News

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
District 2 Candidates Talk Phoenix City Manager Replacement
District 2 incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain talked about the pending departure of Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos at a KJZZ election forum Thursday night. Cavazos will leave Phoenix for the same position in Santa Ana, Calif.
Aug. 9, 2013
Ending Chronic Homelessness For Phoenix Veterans
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Aug. 9, 2013
Exhibit Explores The Art Of Video Games
Have you ever had the experience in a museum, where you see something on the wall, and it instantly puts you in a place? Where you can see and smell and just feel it? Super Mario World, 1991. Hiroshi Yamauchi, executive producer; Shigeru Miyamoto, producer; Takashi Tezuka, lead director.
Aug. 9, 2013
Reuters: D.E.A. Conceals Evidence in Investigations of Americans
Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden caused a massive controversy—and a national debate—when he leaked classified documents revealing the extensity of NSA surveillance programs. But according to an exclusive report by Reuters, for the past two decades another U.
Aug. 9, 2013
Summer Nights: Hiking A Phoenix Landmark
This time of year the desert heat can be deadly, so hikers wait until dark before turning on their LED headlamps at the foot of Phoenix’s Piestewa Peak. Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.
Aug. 9, 2013
Did You Know: Hohokam Village Helped Shape Phoenix
There are a number of ruins in Arizona. Among those listed is the Pueblo Grande Ruins near Sky Harbor Airport, on Washington Street. The ruins layout on the ground level. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) The Hohokam people lived for hundreds of years.
Aug. 9, 2013
Going Inside A Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. But legal dispensaries didn’t start popping up until this year. Now, nearly 50 are open in Arizona – and about half are here in the Valley.
Aug. 9, 2013
Newer Smart Phones Notify Users Of Amber Alerts
As the massive manhunt for a suspected kidnapper continues, so does an amber alert along the West Coast. The man in charge of Arizona's Amber Alert Broadcaster's Association, President Art Brooks, says newer smart phones can automatically notify you of such an alert.
Aug. 9, 2013
Man Electrocuted While Attempting To Steal Copper Wire
A southwest Arizona man is hospitalized after getting a huge jolt of electricity while allegedly attempting to steal copper wire from a wooden power pole near Wellton. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Hess is in critical condition after making a tragic mistake.
Aug. 9, 2013
Detention Officer Murdered Outside Of Home
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because of his job.
Aug. 9, 2013
Former US Airways Employee Charged With Drug Trafficking
A US Airways employee and a man with alleged ties to a Domincan Republic drug-trafficking operation have been charged with smuggling cocaine into the United States through Philadelphia International Airport.
Aug. 9, 2013
Food Tax A Hot Topic In District 2 Forum
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
Aug. 9, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 2
The final KJZZ Town Hall on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Thursday night and focused on the candidates of District 2. Candidates Virgel Cain and Jim Waring at the District 2 forum. (Photo by Julie Levin - KJZZ) This district spans much of North Phoenix, from Scottsdale Road to the East to Interstate 17 to the West.
Aug. 9, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
Aug. 9, 2013
Jail Time For Man Convicted In Terrorism Hoax
An Arizona man will spend two weeks behind bars, for his role in a terrorism hoax. A jury had convicted Michael David Turley in June of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression – this after he sent his 16-year old nephew into a busy Northwest Phoenix intersection with a fake grenade launcher in July, 2012.
Aug. 8, 2013
State Health Director Requests Financial Statements From Bankrupt Rural/Metro
State Health Director Will Humble wants Rural/Metro to send him financial statements while it seeks bankruptcy protection. He is worried the ambulance and firefighting company might cut expenses that could lead to longer emergency response times.
Aug. 8, 2013

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