KJZZ News

Chandler considers urban chickens
The City of Chandler will decide Thursday whether or not to allow chickens within city limits. Turns out, urban chickens are already roosting across much of the Phoenix area. You can hear them across the Valley, from Phoenix to Gilbert, Mesa to Scottsdale.
May. 22, 2013
Two Arizona cities make the list of fastest growing cities
New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau released Wednesday show that cities in the Southwest are the fastest growing in the country. Most of those fast growing cities are in Texas, but two Arizona cities made the list.
May. 22, 2013
"Soldier Basin" wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres near Nogales
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
May. 22, 2013
Fire restrictions start Wednesday
Fire restrictions go into effect throughout much of the state Wednesday and Thursday. They generally apply to both state and federal land.  Under the Stage One restrictions, campfires are not allowed, except in some developed campgrounds, and smoking is only allowed inside vehicles, or in areas with three feet around them without flammable materials.
May. 22, 2013
Will voting for Medicaid expansion cost some Republicans their Senate seats?
The State Senate's vote in favor of Medicaid expansion may have political consequences for the five Republicans who joined 13 Democrats to support it. Those GOP members are already being told to expect conservative primary challenges if they run for reelection.
May. 22, 2013
Mesa Mayor on innovation and improving Arizona
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Arizona needs to prepare to deepen its fiscal strength when the economy fully recovers. He said the state has relied too much on growth to take it out of economic struggles.
May. 22, 2013
Beatitudes Campus
The Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus has a different approach to caring for residents who have advanced dementia. The New Yorker magazine featured its methods in the May 20 issue.The Director of Education and Research for the Beatitudes Campus, Tena Alonzo, explained what inspired her and the campus to focus on the quality of life of its residents.
May. 22, 2013
Measuring the appeal and impact of Initial Public Offerings
Arizona has been attracting more attention from Wall Street recently. Last month, two companies based in the state had Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. S. Trevis Certo of Arizona State University's W.
May. 22, 2013
Tobin wants to know if legislators support Brewer
Closed-door budget talks are continuing at the state capitol, but House Speaker Andy Tobin says progress is slow. Tobin thinks it's time to find out if members support a Medicaid expansion plan Governor Jan Brewer is demanding be part of the budget.
May. 22, 2013
More than 200 personnel fighting wildfire near Nogales
Firefighters continue to battle a suspected human-caused wildfire that has charred more than 3,800 acres in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales.  Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 8 percent contained.
May. 22, 2013
More Arizonans support women in combat roles
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows a change in Arizonan's attitudes about military women serving in ground combat roles.  President Jim Haynes says the latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows 69 percent of respondents favor women serving in those positions.
May. 22, 2013
Rural schools also challenged by education budget cutbacks
As Arizona lawmakers work on the state budget, school districts are trying to plan their budgets for next school year. For rural districts, that challenge is magnified. Pat Koury, Hyder Elementary School District Superintendent (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ) Off of Interstate 8, about an hour east of Yuma, is the Hyder Elementary School District.
May. 22, 2013
Fire restrictions go into place today in Arizona
Many agencies across Arizona are putting fire restrictions in place today. Federal agencies, cities and counties are implementing a ban today on fires outside of developed areas. The Stage One restrictions also limit smoking to inside vehicles or buildings.
May. 21, 2013
Arizona abortion law struck down
A federal appeals court has struck down an Arizona law that criminalized performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The case could wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2012 law bans most abortions at or after 20 weeks, with only a narrow exception for emergencies.
May. 21, 2013
Redistricting commissioner resigns, citing toxic atmosphere
A Democratic member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has stepped down. In a letter to Governor Jan Brewer, Jose Herrera said commission meetings have a toxic atmosphere, and said he had to defend himself despite a thorough and transparent record of the IRC’s work.
May. 21, 2013
Hackers hit Maricopa Community College District
Computer hackers have forced the Maricopa Community College District to shut down its primary website. The district said nearly 280,000 students and employees could be affected. It set up a temporary site after malware was discovered on its main site.
May. 21, 2013
Arizona charity sends food and relief supplies to Oklahoma City tornado victims
An Arizona charity is sending bottled water and ready-to-eat meals to tornado victims in Oklahoma. The supplies were requested by officials in Oklahoma City. St. Mary's Food Bank of Arizona is donating supplies to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado that hit Monday.
May. 21, 2013
South Mountain Freeway proposal gets mixed reviews at a public hearing
Members of the public are getting their final say on an environmental impact study on the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting public testimony on the project through July.
May. 21, 2013
Solar Impulse Airplane set to depart Arizona for remainder of its cross country trip
This week, the world’s first solar powered airplane is scheduled to leave Arizona in the second leg of its cross country tour, but don’t expect the Solar Impulse to make the trip in record time.  Bertrand Piccard is the initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse.
May. 21, 2013
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
May. 21, 2013

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