KJZZ News

Celebrating This American Life
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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 20, 2013
Why Arizona
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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 20, 2013
Different Perspectives On The Valley Metro Bus Driver Strike
The union representing striking bus drivers and the operating company both expressed optimism Friday that they would be able to reach an agreement to end the strike that started Thursday. KJZZ’s Steve Shadley has been out and about, talking to people affected by the strike.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona Housing Market In Good Shape Ahead Of President Obama
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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 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.
Sep. 20, 2013

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