KJZZ News

Police Chief Daniel Garcia talks about his plans and the challenges he faces taking over the Phoenix Police Department.Garcia says there were budget issues at his previous precinct in Dallas, but nowhere near the shortage Phoenix faces.
August 15, 2012
While high temperatures are finally starting to let up, Wednesday has brought a haze that’s blanketing the valley.Trevor Baggiore, Deputy Director of Air Quality at the state’s environmental agency told KJZZ’s Here & Now wildfires on the Tonto National Forest are contributing to the haze in some parts of the Phoenix metro area.
August 15, 2012
An expert explains why it gets hazy and which air conditions Phoenix residents need to worry about. Trevor Baggiore, deputy director of the Air Quality Division at ADEQ, said Wednesday morning’s haze is a result of residual dust and air moisture from the monsoon.
August 15, 2012
Yuma County authorities are linking two deaths to a heat wave that has sent temperatures above 110 degrees.Sheriff's deputies say a 69-year-old transient was found dead of heat-related causes in a field near U.
August 15, 2012
John Leonardo, who was sworn in last month as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, says he won’t take part in any criminal investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports.
August 15, 2012
A voter initiative that would make a temporary one-cent sales tax permanent will appear on Arizona’s ballot in November. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that supporters of the measure substantially complied with the law, despite a paperwork error that led Secretary of State Ken Bennett to disqualify the initiative.
August 15, 2012
With 40 years of jazz duets, Chick Corea and Gary Burton make a perfect musical couple and they have a new CD, Hot House, with familiar songs they both enjoy like Eleanor Rigby.  And Cheryl Bentyne has recovered from cancer with the music of Cole Porter, she says it helped her heal, so her new release is all Cole Porter, with the late James Moody on a couple of tunes.
August 14, 2012
Intel Corporation today announced plans for a new research and development facility in Chandler. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports construction is already under way. The new facility is next to an existing Intel plant on east Chandler Boulevard.
August 14, 2012
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures.  The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
August 14, 2012
Phoenix Civic Space Park is located in downtown Phoenix. The city planted 115 trees here. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Park and Recreation Department)This is KJZZ's Morning Edition, I'm Dennis Lambert. As you've been hearing in our series "Heat Wave," temperatures here in metro Phoenix are expected to increase in the years ahead.
August 14, 2012
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Governor Brewer's declarations of a state "Day of Prayer." Judge Eileen Willett granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice, meaning the court cannot be asked to rule on the same issue again.
August 14, 2012
Record high temperatures are helping to set records for power consumption here in the Valley. The two major electrical utilities say they have enough power to meet demand but are looking for ways to keeps costs down.
August 14, 2012
Betty Smithey, 69, the nation’s longest-serving female inmate, was released from an Arizona prison Monday.  Smithey, who served 49 years in Goodyear’s Perryville State Prison, was convicted of the murder of 15-month-old Sandy Gerberick of Phoenix in 1963.
August 14, 2012
The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule today on the appeal of Isiah Patterson. Patterson was sentenced to death in 2009 in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Mesa. A jury convicted Patterson of first-degree murder, and they found the 2006 killing was especially cruel and that there were no circumstances warranting a lenient sentence.
August 14, 2012
  Blind British pianist, George Shearing wrote over 300 songs, and created his own unique sound with classical harmony and a brilliant knowledge of the piano. He was Marian McPartland's favorite guest and became an American jazz legend.
August 13, 2012
A new study predicts warmer temperatures in Arizona’s growing urban corridor by 2050. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the population between Nogales and Prescott is projected to exceed 9 million.
August 13, 2012
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
August 13, 2012
This may come as a shock to news readers around the Valley.This is the last month you’ll be able to access news on azcentral.com for free, according to an announcement from Arizona’s largest newspaper.
August 13, 2012
A Mexican gray wolf that had been targeted for death will be spared.A Scottsdale wildlife sanctuary will take the alpha female that has been killing cattle on a ranch in New Mexico. Spokeswoman Linda Searles of Southwest Sanctuary says the wolf can be brought to her new home as soon as she's captured in New Mexico.
August 13, 2012
Former Representative Gabby Giffords has moved home to Tucson. She had been undergoing six to eight hours of therapy a day at a Houston facility after she was shot in the head in January 2011.Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, told the Arizona Daily Star that Giffords will continue rehabilitation in Tucson.
August 13, 2012

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