KJZZ News

Large marijuana grow destroyed in Wenden
Authorities have destroyed more than 4,500 marijuana plants found along the Centennial Wash near Wenden, about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix. Federal and state investigators say the plants were 3- to 6-feet high and located in four separate plots throughout the one-acre site.
Sept. 20, 2013
U of A to study biodiesel-fueled mining
Researchers at the University of Arizona have won a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The money will to go to study occupational and environmental health effects of underground mining equipment powered by biodiesel-blend fuels.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix to track Wrights work after demolition flap
A preservation group at the city of Phoenix is taking steps to inventory the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s in response to a controversy over the pending demolition of a house Wright designed for his son.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona students to participate in earthquake drill
More than 35,000 Arizona school students will take part in a multistate earthquake drill on Thursday morning. People in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will also take part in the drill.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor to have new chief of staff
Eileen Klein, Chief of Staff for Governor Jan Brewer, will be leaving the position to become President of the Arizona Board of Regents. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.Klein first joined the Brewer Administration as Budget Director.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Grace facing felony DUI charges
Former Arizona Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace faces felony charges in connection with his DUI arrest two months ago. The Maricopa County Attorney’s office announced the indictment Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley home prices flat last month; foreclosures down
A new report from ASU shows median home prices in the Phoenix area were flat between August and September, at $150,000. But, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, other numbers may provide reasons for optimism about the housing market.
Sept. 20, 2013
Finance filings show sheriffs race drawing in cash
With the general election just days away, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Democratic opponent has reached a fundraising peak, but is still dwarfed by the sheriff’s campaign account. According to the most recent campaign finance report, retired Phoenix Police Sergeant Paul Penzone has raised about $530,000 in total.
Sept. 20, 2013
Democrats make gains in Arizona legislature, but still minority
Democrats will still be in the minority when the state legislature comes back into session in January, but they appear to have picked up some seats in both the Arizona House and Senate. There will be more Democrats than there have been for the last two years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona gas prices down
Gas prices in Arizona have dropped more than a nickel in the past week. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: AAA-Arizona says gasoline is now six cents cheaper per gallon statewide.
Sept. 20, 2013
Obama addresses immigration reform
Immigration reform is one of the top issues for President Barack Obama. Wednesday morning the president said comprehensive immigration reform must include border security, KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: One of the first questions at Wednesday’s news conference dealt with immigration.
Sept. 20, 2013
CDC report shows 7.5 percent of Arizonans have diabetes
A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 8 percent of Americans had diabetes as of 2010. In Arizona, it found 7.5 percent of residents with the disease, a more than 56-percent increase since 1995.
Sept. 20, 2013
Final canvass of votes approved in Maricopa County, with possible election changes on horizon
The final canvass of votes in Maricopa County was approved Monday. Though the vote count is over, possible changes to the election system could be on the way.  Although some vocal critics who said Maricopa County was tabulating ballots too slowly, County Recorder Helen Purcell said the count actually took one fewer day than in 2008, despite a big bump in early ballots turned in late and far more provisional ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prospects for comprehensive immigration reform
The results of this month's elections have revived the possibility of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform. Former Immigration and Naturalization Services Commissioner Doris Meissner and Clint Bolick, co-author of a forthcoming book on immigration reform with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, discuss what immigration reform would look like.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study finds teachers in Arizona have slightly less than average absentee rate
A recent report from the Center for American Progress finds the teacher absenteeism rate in Arizona is slightly below the national average. The report measures the percentage of teachers who were absent for 10 days or more during the 2009-2010 school year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of Wolves
This morning theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Stray Cat Theatre's production of Wolves. Christmas has come early for fans of good writing and excellent acting, courtesy of Stray Cat Theatre's production of Steve Yockey's Wolves.
Sept. 20, 2013
Roadway burros a problem in Bullhead City
Bullhead City officials are warning people intending to drive in northwest Arizona to be careful. They say wild burrows have increasingly become a big roadway hazard. City spokesman Steve Johnson says while most of the burros may be friendly, it's important to remember they're wild animals.
Sept. 20, 2013
Seniors face less time to recover from recession
As the nation slowly emerges from the economic downturn, some seniors are finding financial recovery difficult. Recent estimates from the American Community Survey show 8.3 million seniors living at or near the poverty line.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopi drop Snowbowl lawsuit
The latest suit challenging snowmaking at  Arizona Snowbowl has been dropped. The suit, by the Hopi tribe had alleged using reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow would harm the endangered San Francisco Peaks Groundsel plant, also known ragwort.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fewer endangered wolves found dead
Four Mexican Gray Wolves were found killed in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico during 2012, fewer than in past years. Three of those endangered wolves were shot illegally.But federal officials say efforts to keep the wolves away from livestock may have helped reduce the number of wolves killed.
Sept. 20, 2013

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