KJZZ News

Rural/Metro Company Facing Financial Challenges
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number Of Registered Independent Voters In Arizona Increases
The Secretary of State’s office says Arizona's voter registration numbers have risen by about 2,300 since the last report in April. Spokesman Matt Roberts says the number of non-affiliated voters increased the most, “The two other state-wide major parties have seen either decreases, slight decreases or they’ve gone up and down a little bit, over the last couple years especially,” Roberts said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lightning-Caused Deaths Remind People To Be Cautious In Storms
The deaths of a man and woman, who were struck by lightning at an overlook north of the Grand Canyon this week, was not surprising to meteorologists. The National Weather Service says 14 people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year with Arizona and Florida leading the country, with three fatalities each.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College On Probation After Investigation
Governing Board members of Pima Community College will have to attend workshops and retreats to learn how to do their jobs, even though most have held office for more than a decade. The Arizona Daily Star reports the college has been put on probation, after a recent investigation found sweeping problems at the school, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices and the mishandling of sexual harassment claims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Havasupai Reservation To Receive Emergency Water After Monsoon Showers
Recent monsoon rain showers have cut off the water supply on the Havasupai reservation. In response, St. Mary’s Food Bank will start shipping water to the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning. St. Mary’s said it is sending 30,000 bottles of water to the Havasupai Nation because torrential rain and flooding have damaged the area’s electrical supply.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday
President Obama will be in Phoenix Tuesday. The president is scheduled to present his plans to help homeowners and people who want to buy homes. This is part of a series of speeches the president is making across the country outlining ideas to boost the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Medical School Has A Unique Approach To Residency Program
A Valley-based medical school is trying to help reduce the shortage of primary care physicians. The new program is taking a unique approach to medical residencies. El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson is taking part in a new residency program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Housing Market In Good Shape Ahead Of President Obamas Speech
President Barack Obama will speak about home ownership Tuesday afternoon at Desert Vista High School in the Valley. His speech will highlight the topic as a, "cornerstone of how we strengthen the middle class," according to a White House press release.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 4
The first KJZZ Town Hall on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Tuesday and focused on the candidates in District 4. The KJZZ Town Hall featuring the Phoenix City Council District 4 candidates.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Valley Broadcast Museum Highlights Industry History
Wallace and Ladmo, Dick Van Dyke, Jack Clifford, Al McCoy. These are the stories and people you can learn about at a broadcasting museum. One of the rooms of the House of Broadcasting museum. It is decked out with equipment and framed photos on the wall.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water Levels In Lakes Mead And Powell Will Be Reduced If Drought Continues, According To Study
There is more proof the region’s stubborn drought is affecting water supplies in Arizona and other western states. A new federal report predicts water levels in Colorado River reservoirs will drop significantly over the next few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Meth Losing Steam To Prescription Pills
Methamphetamine use is down, and so are the negative advertisements. The focus has shifted from meth to prescription pills, according to Glenn Cummings, the west regional director of Outpatient Services for Terros, a Phoenix behavioral health group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican Gray Wolf Dies
Wildlife officials said a Mexican gray wolf has died in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Arizona Game and Fish officials said a field team was trying to fit radio-telemetry collars on some wolves last weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Forest Service Short On Firefighting Funds
The U.S. Forest Service is running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season. The agency is diverting dollars from other departments to meet firefighting needs.The Forest Service has spent nearly a billion dollars fighting fires this year which left it with about $50 million available.
Sept. 20, 2013
Enrollment Increases At ASUs New Lake Havasu Campus
Enrollment has doubled at Arizona State University’s new satellite campus in Lake Havasu City. The college opened a year ago, but ASU plans to add some majors in hopes of attracting more undergraduates.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Mexico Officials Argue Against Deregulation Of Utilities
Some New Mexico officials are urging the Arizona Corporation Commission not to deregulate electricity sales. They contend the decision in Arizona could decimate the New Mexico economy.The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering deregulating the state's electric market.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Solar Energy Cheap As Natural Gas By 2025
A solar power KJZZ file photo. (Photo courtesy of KJZZ File Footage) By Courtney Flatt and KJZZ NewsA new Department of Energy study predicts Arizona will use more energy per capita than any other western state by 2025.
Sept. 20, 2013
Funding Phoenixs Historic Preservation Office
Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Office is running short on cash. Voters in 2006 approved a $13 million bond, but that money was only supposed to last five years, and it appears unlikely the issue will be back on the ballot anytime soon.
Sept. 20, 2013

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