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Department of Public Safety Nabs 60 Pound Heroin Load
State police in Phoenix have seized a load of heroin worth about $1.5 million.  It is the agency’s biggest heroin bust in memory, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves. The largest heroin bust in Arizona DPS memory occured when 60 pounds of the drug were found in three West Phoenix homes.
Sept. 20, 2013
What The Increase In Outlet Malls Means For The Valley Retail Scene
Valley residents now have three times more choices, if they are in the mood for some outlet shopping. Directory for the Phoenix Premium Outlets. (Photo by Mark Brodie-KJZZ) We now have three outlet malls close by, two of which have opened in the last 12 months, and that raises some questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Attached To Jodi Arias Arrested For Threatening 3 People
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New York man for allegedly stalking and threatening two national television commentators and an Arizona woman. 48-year-old David Simpson was arrested in Bath, NY after Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he became attached to convicted murderer Jodi Arias during her trial, and sent tweets to the victims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Third Graders May Be Held Back
Arizona students entering third grade this year are the first group of kids that may be held back because of their reading level. More than 18,000 children are at risk of repeating third grade. For the past three years, the Arizona State Board of Education prepared schools across the state to make sure that children can read at an acceptable level at third grade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economics Professor
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. Sprouts is one of many, many grocery options in the Valley. Tim James, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University said the Phoenix market city, not grocery, is in some ways unique.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribal Members Claim Discrimination Over 202 Expansion
Members of the Gila River Indian community will hand deliver a civil rights complaint to the state transportation department Tuesday. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS Officer, Wife Face Up To 23 Years In Prison
A DPS officer and his wife face multiple years in prison after being convicted by a Santa Cruz County jury on conspiracy, money laundering and theft charges. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says Horacio and Carmen Lomelil were found guilty of taking checks from her employer, Nogales-based Sierra Seed, and depositing the money in their personal checking account, over a five year period.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Licensed State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Get More Time To Open
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors.  The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
Sept. 20, 2013
E. Coli Outbreak Connected To Valley Restaurant
An apparent E. coli outbreak has been linked to a Mexican restaurant in Litchfield Park. So far, 11 people have been hospitalized who ate food from Frederico’s Mexican restaurant around July 23. Jeanene Fowler is with Maricopa County Public Health.
Sept. 20, 2013
Roaming Area May Be Expanded For Endangered Wolves
Mexican gray wolves may be getting more room to roam here in Arizona. The federal government might give the animals 10 times more space than they currently have in the Southwest.These days, endangered Mexican gray wolves are limited to an area on the Arizona/New Mexico border, but the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Providing Emergency Funds For The Yarnell Hill Fire
The Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy killed 19 firefighters. Early Wednesday morning Juliann Ashcraft, the widow of one of the dead firefighters Andrew Ashcraft, held a news conference to talk about the need for the city of Prescott to provide health and benefits for the survivors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Hohokam Village Helped Shape Phoenix
There are a number of ruins in Arizona. Among those listed is the Pueblo Grande Ruins near Sky Harbor Airport, on Washington Street. The ruins layout on the ground level. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) The Hohokam people lived for hundreds of years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number Of Moms Trying Breastfeeding Increases, But Many Give Up Too Soon
The number of mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control. Katherine Wilson-Thompson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, says that is not an anomaly but that too many of those mothers are giving up too quickly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University
Students will move into Arizona’s State University’s Manzanita Hall on Saturday for the first time in more than two years. The dorm will reopen after a $50 million renovation.  Manzy Hall, as it's known, has been an ASU fixture for more than four decades.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Receives Federal Grants For Next Year
Some Arizona community groups are getting $2 million to sign up people for health care expansion next year.  The grants will be used to hire staff to add patients to the state’s Medicaid system and help others purchase insurance under the new federal health care act.
Sept. 20, 2013
John McCluskey Captial Murder Trial Begins Monday
Opening statements are set for today in the capital murder trial of Arizona fugitive John McCluskey. McCluskey is facing 20 counts in the murder of an Oklahoma couple, following his escape from an Arizona prison.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ozone High Pollution Advisory Issued
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an ozone high pollution advisory today for just the third time this year. National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison says the pollution can be a problem for people with repertory problems and even healthy people who exercise outside.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Police
Arizona State University students returned to class on Thursday, but many students have already been busy and not necessarily in a good way. Tempe police report that 371 people were arrested in the first three days of their Operation Safe and Sober campaign.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Police
Tempe police said they were even busier the second weekend of their campaign to crack down on underage drinking. Many of those detained were college students. Officers arrested 486 people last weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Cannot Sue For Injuries From Rescues
There's a warning this morning that a new appellate court ruling could make police officers think twice about performing rescues. The case involves Department of Public Safety officer Ross Read who permanently injured his knee while rescuing a woman who had flipped her truck.
Sept. 20, 2013

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