KJZZ News

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
Tempe Development Projects Influence The Valley
Tempe is primed for new development projects in and around downtown. The city has long used infill development as a way to boost its tax base, but now some other Valley cities are looking to use the same approach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Students May Live In Four-Star Hotel
More than 80 students may have to call a four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Staff Changes And The Future Of Arizona Theatre Company
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Reviews Proposal To Fine Store Owners For Abandoned Shopping Carts
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders.  Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Home Furniture Market Picking Up
The home furnishing industry is starting to pick up again as the nation’s housing market continues to improve. According to Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, sales are expected to increase more than 4 percent this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kingman Motel Gets Route 66 Grant
Kingman’s Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only National Park Service Route 66 grant. Hill Top Motel has been around since the 1950s and is now undergoing a renovation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University And Tempe Police Crack Down On Alcohol Violations
Classes at Arizona State University resume next week, but a push to discourage excess and underage drinking at the school has already begun.“Operation Safe and Sober” is a collaboration between ASU and the Tempe Police Department.
Sept. 20, 2013
Forest Service Expert Says Arizona Needs Its Own Tankers
A new report released Tuesday said a better plan is needed to deal with the U.S. Forest Service’s airtanker shortage. The Government Accountability Office said the Forest Service should work with the Department of the Interior to develop a more coordinated approach, but not everyone is sold on that strategy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Is Sixth Most Expensive State For Car Owners
Driving throughout the Valley is costly. A recent study by Bankrate.com said that Arizona is the sixth most expensive state for car owners, and car insurance, or lack thereof, can lead to high rates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Willcox Bike Ride Helps Students And State Economy
This Labor Day weekend the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and a local cycling club have organized a 66 mile bike ride to benefit high school students in Willcox. The Willcox Flyer bike ride is just one of the approximately 250 cycling events held in Arizona each year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Attorneys Office Allowed to Continue Prosecution in Milke Retrial
A judge has ruled the Maricopa County Attorney's Office can move forward with plans to retry a high-profile murder case. :Debra Milke’s lawyers had argued the county attorney’s office was pursuing the case for political reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Canyon Lake Closed For Labor Day Weekend
Holiday travelers may have to look beyond Canyon Lake for the Labor Day weekend. The lake and part of the surrounding Boulder Recreation area will be closed. The Salt River Project said Canyon Lake, about 45 minutes northeast of Mesa, will be lowered through the weekend, but it is not due to drought.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite Law, Few Escorts Register With City
Go to the escort section for Phoenix on backpage.com and you will find a very long list of adult ads. If the escorts advertising there are following the law, each one will be licensed and registered with the city.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wanted: Ferret Spotters
The black footed ferret has been endangered for decades and was twice considered extinct, but it now lives in pockets across the west, thanks to reintroduction efforts and monitoring, and every spring and fall, Arizona Game and Fish looks for volunteer ferret spotters near Seligman.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Electric Looking To Diversify Power Sources
Tucson Electric Power says it is diversifying its energy portfolio, which will mean generating more power from renewable sources.The company says it is attempting to take advantage of low natural gas prices by entering into talks with Entegra Power Group to buy its gas-fired generating unit at the Gila River Generating Station in Gila Bend.
Sept. 20, 2013

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