KJZZ News

Arizona Unemployment Rate Up In August
Arizona’s unemployment rate last month rose three-tenths of a percent to 8.3 percent. The state added nearly 40,000 jobs in August, which is about Arizona’s 10-year average, but it is less than the two previous years.
Sept. 26, 2013
House Votes To Keep Government Open If Affordable Care Act Is Defunded
It seems like we have been here before on a never-ending cycle of political posturing over shutting down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is stopped, overturned, kicked to the curb. But that is causing some disagreement among Republicans as many in the House want to tie raising the debt ceiling to defunding the Affordable Care Act, while some in the Senate are saying, 'What’s the point?’ as that Democratically-controlled body and the White House will not let it go through.
Sept. 26, 2013
Investigators Look Into Cause Of Weekend Helicopter Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the wreckage of a Vietnam-era ‘Huey’ helicopter, that crashed near Mayer over the weekend. The crash killed 25-year-old Brynne Smith of Scottsdale and a second person on board, who is believed to have been the pilot.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Has More Choices, Lower Cost Under Health Law Compared To Other States
Starting Oct.1, Americans can buy health plans set up by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Arizona residents without insurance will have 106 new plans to choose from when enrollment begins next week, and those who live in metro Phoenix will have even more options.
Sept. 26, 2013
Contributions to 100 Club of Arizona help families of 19 firefighters killed in Yarnell Hill Fire
People and companies from across the country are donating to the families of the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. Corporations like Motorola, the Arizona Cardinals and media personality Glen Beck have contributed thousands of dollars to the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that provides financial and emotional support to the families of first-responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two Mesa flight instructors, pilots help small plane with landing gear failure
Two Mesa helicopter pilots are being credited with helping the pilot of a small plane, after his landing gear failed. Officer Darren Rigsby said he and his partner, both of whom are flight instructors, were in the area when they found out about the mechanical problems with the 1970 Cessna.
Sept. 20, 2013
8 Hospitalized For Heat Illness After Paying To Be Transported To Phoenix By U-Haul
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said eight suspected undocumented immigrants have been hospitalized after being found in the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station northwest of Tucson. Chief Deputy Steve Henry said each of them had paid $5,000 to be transported from Douglas to Phoenix, but that it was just too hot inside the truck.
Sept. 20, 2013
An Update On Yarnell Residents
On Tuesday, a memorial service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and other diginitaries paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed by the out of control blaze. Less than two weeks after that tragedy, residents are returning home and trying to get back to what had been normal life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Celebrating This American Lifes 500th Episode
KJZZ will air the 500th episode of This American Life at 2 p.m. Saturday. To mark the occasion, host Ira Glass created a list of his favorite epidodes.   Ira Glass hosts the 500th episode of This American Life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Another arrested on suspicion of looting evacuated Yarnell homes
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says a third accused looter is under arrest for stealing items from homes that were evacuated as a result of the Yarnell hill fire. Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says 22-year-old Thomas Adams was found with a gun taken from a Yarnell home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Changes To Phoenix Police Department Leadership
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has made some changes to the department’s leadership. A few were promoted, while others were demoted. With more on the story is Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley, who wrote about it in Wednesday morning’s paper and online at Azcentral.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Picacho Pass Housed A Civil War Skirmish
Battles were fought across the country during the U.S. Civil War more than 150 years ago. A few of those battles were fought right here in Arizona. Picacho Peak as it is today. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks) As a matter of fact the farthest west civil war conflict was near Picacho Peak, the summit that sits 50 miles north of Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ariz. Lawmakers Divided On ?Stand Your Ground? Law
Some state lawmakers say they're willing to take another look at Arizona's 'stand your ground law' in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and trial in Florida, but there's deep division over whether any changes are needed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why Arizonas Election And Campaign Season Seems Longer
Whether we like it or not, most of us have had to get used to members of the U.S. House on the almost-constant treadmill of raising money and running for reelection, thanks to their two year terms and the desire to keep going back to Washington.
Sept. 20, 2013
Average Arizona Gas Price Rises To $3.58
Gas prices are up slightly in Arizona from a week ago. The statewide average jumped 2 cents from last Friday to $3.58 a gallon. But, Stephanie Dembowski of AAA Arizona says that's a lot less than last week's dime increase.
Sept. 20, 2013
FBI Phoenix Division Helps With Statewide Child Sex Trafficking Sting
The FBI has been conducting a massive child sex trafficking sting across the country over the last few days. Some of the children being victimized were from Phoenix. The enforcement operation involved 47 FBI divisions across the country and led to the recovery of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Large Construction Project In Tempe To Get Underway
Wednesday morning, business and community leaders are set to kick off a major development along the Tempe Town Lake. The 2 million square foot project’s being hailed as the largest office deal in state history.
Sept. 20, 2013
AG Asks Federal Commission To Let Arizona Check Voter Citizenship
Arizona’s Attorney General is asking a federal commission to let state election officials verify the citizenship status of all prospective voters. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot ask voters who register using a federal form to provide proof of citizenship.
Sept. 20, 2013

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