KJZZ News

Arizona mayors propose sales tax simplification plan
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has released a proposal to simplify the state sales tax system. And, that plan includes taking the most contentious issue off the table for now. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire risk shifts through summer season
State forestry officials are gearing up for what they expect will be an 'average' wildfire season this summer. Fire Information Officer Carrie Dennett says though, wildfires in the West have increased in severity over the last few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Touring infamous Phoenix with the Hip Historian
Marshall Shore, the "Hip Historian," gives tours on some of Phoenix's quirkier historic spots. Shore told Steve Goldstein about his latest tour, which focuses on locations related to the infamous accused murderess Winnie Ruth Judd.
Sept. 20, 2013
Holistic health care goes to school
For many uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife trying again to protect endangered cactuses
Two types of cactus may be getting special status in Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is once again asking for public input on its plans to protect the increasingly rare plants. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans
The director of Arizona’s veterans’ services department is now out of a job. He was forced out Wednesday after hiring a female former state representative who then slammed women troops in combat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio plans to expand armed school volunteer posse
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio now says he plans to expand his volunteer, armed school posse, as well as the controversial paintball training he is conducting at an abandoned Phoenix-area school.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paolo Soleri dies at 93
Italian architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. Paolo Soleri was a famed architect, most well-known around Phoenix for his design of Arcosanti, the experimental community.(Photo courtesy of Arcosanti) A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, but was most well-known in Arizona as the designer of the experimental community Arcosanti.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff public school employees to receive wage hike
Public school employees in Flagstaff are set to see pay increases. The Flagstaff Unified School District approved the raises earlier this week. The Arizona Daily Sun reports, it is the first significant pay increase for the district's 1,300 employees in five years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wild horse adoptions continue in Kingman
For more than 40 years, the Bureau of Land Management has been in the adoption business – of wild horses and burros in the West, that is. And it’s been controversial for about as long. The next adoption event is coming up Friday through Sunday at the Mohave County Fairgrounds in Kingman.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines grounded nationwide
American Airlines has experienced major delays today due to a computer glitch. Over Twitter, the airline announced it was grounded nationwide until 2 p.m. Mountain time. The issues have created plenty of trouble at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona gun control supporters
Arizona supporters of gun reform laws are not happy with the U.S. Senate's defeat of expanded background checks and other gun control laws. Arizona House Minority Leader, Representative Chad Campbell says though the issue of extending background checks to gun shows and Internet gun sales, is not dead.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon Railway to fuel train with recycled vegetable oil on Earth Day
Grand Canyon Railway is celebrating Earth Day today by reducing its carbon footprint.  The 90-year-old locomotive will take tourists on a trip from Williams to the canyon using vegetable oil to fire the steam engine.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns GM Lance Blanks ousted
The Phoenix Suns are looking for a new general manager. The team has let its GM go after the second-worst season in the club’s history.  Lance Blanks has served as Suns GM since August 2010, coming to the team after stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Air traffic controllers begin furloughs at Sky Harbor
Air traffic controllers at Phoenix Sky Harbor have begun their mandated furloughs. The cutbacks are required under sequestration, which is forcing across-the-board budget cuts at federal agencies.  The FAA says 10 percent of air traffic controllers will be off on any given day.
Sept. 20, 2013
Northern Ariz. shelter to end nighttime services, temporarily
A homeless shelter in Flagstaff will suspend overnight services at the end of May. Flagstaff Shelter Services will stop offering the homeless a place to stay about a month later than usual thanks to a grant that allows them to operate longer.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT releases South Mountain Freeway study
The proposed South Mountain Freeway moved one step closer to construction on Friday – nearly 30 years after it was originally proposed. After the decades-long wait, the state transportation department has released the first draft of an impact study for the final phase of Loop 202.
Sept. 20, 2013
University of Arizona team solves Lincoln mystery
For two weeks in 1865, President Lincoln’s body was carried across the Northeast by train. Just ahead of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, a team of Arizona researchers has cracked a mystery surrounding the funeral.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix PD to host gun buyback ahead of new law
The Phoenix Police Department will launch what it is calling the largest gun buyback program in Arizona history this Saturday – and the department is doing it with a looming deadline. On Monday, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law that prevents cities from melting down guns collected during buyback events.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign finance case against Horne could be dismissed Thursday
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is expected to issue a ruling today on a request from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an aideto throw out a campaign finance case against him.  Horne's attorney Michael Kimerer argued in court Wednesday that Secretary of State Ken Bennett erred in forwarding the complaint to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and that the $840 limit on how much Horne could take from a single source is unconstitutionally low.
Sept. 20, 2013

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