KJZZ News

Beating the heat with an afternoon run in Scottsdale
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana found in fake US Fish and Wildlife Service boxes, two arrested
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Follow-up with a Doce Fire evacuee
Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce Fire, burning west of Prescott. It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana discovered in trailer false wall at Interstate 19 checkpoint
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a ton of marijuana they found hidden in a truckload of produce. The vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 19, north of Nogales, and spokeswoman Crystal Amarillas said drug-sniffing dogs located 88 bundles of pot hidden in a false wall, inside the trailer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Excessive heat sparks people to take precaution
The sun is going to make people miserable this weekend, and forecasters are expecting temperatures to approach 120 degrees. Heat like this can be deadly. Some people tell us what they are doing to stay safe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Auto loan document preparation fees barred
If you are considering buying a car, there is some good news Monday. Lenders are now barred from charging document preparation fees as part of those loans. Representative Debbie McCune-Davis said the ban came as a result of a lot of complaints.
Sept. 20, 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
Former ASU Professor Explains The Art Of Writing
The craft of writing and maybe even more so the act of finishing the project, whether it is a journal, a short story or a novel, is extremely personal. Ron Carlson is a critically-acclaimed novelist, but he has also been a professor of writing for nearly 30 years, 20 of those at Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sprouts Farmer Markets Decision To Go Public Met With Mixed Reaction
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. The Phoenix-based grocery chain has grown very quickly, and some industry observers think it is on track for continued success, but not everyone sees the kale and quinoa seller as a healthy investment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Baseball Pitcher And El Paso Native Identified As Drowning Victim
Dive teams continued to search Bartlett Lake Monday for the body of a man went into the water Sunday and never resurfaced. It was not immediately known who the victim was, but today the family of former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Castillo told KVIA El Paso in a statement that it was Castillo who drowned in the lake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Arrest Vandal For Tagging Saguaros
A teenager has been arrested for vandalizing 16 saguaros and spraying dozens of other tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. The black spray paint was discovered along a 3-mile stretch of the Douglas Spring Trail in May.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Gosar Questions Phony Scandals
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar took to the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday to question President Obama's use of the phrase 'phony scandals' to refer to issues like the 'Fast & Furious' gun-walking program and the recent IRS scandal that has plagued his administration.
Sept. 20, 2013

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