KJZZ News

Yarnell evacuees may return Saturday
A wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite hotshot crew Sunday continues to burn in Arizona. But officials are preparing to let people back into their homes after evacuations. Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koile and the Yarnell fire district board met Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Does Tucson need a new nickname?
Mike Varney, head of the Tucson Metro Chamber, wants to make one thing clear. He is not launching a campaign against the nickname “Old Pueblo.” But Varney and chamber chairman Kurt Wadlington did write that Tucson's moniker is “great for history buffs, but a mindset and attitude toward prosperity is long overdue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tears, Applause Flow Freely At Firefighters Memorial
Just days after 19 sons and husbands were killed on the job in Yarnell, people from around the country came together for a massive public memorial. Thousands of first responders, community members, and volunteers honored their sacrifice, and made it clear that the people who have lost loved ones are far from alone.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Report Shows Migratory Birds Are Struggling
A new report makes the case that some birds are not adapting well to the pace of a changing climate and says the U.S. should be doing more about it. The report from the National Wildlife Federation said many species are struggling with climate change.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Sandra Day OConnor And Scott OConnor
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Rally Calls For Justice For Trayvon
Hundreds of protestors marched the streets of downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night as a show of solidarity with other cities across the country. The group is part of a national effort they’re calling a ‘blackout’ movement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Diamondbacks Introduce New Mascot
The Arizona Diamondbacks have introduced the Luchador as an official mascot of the team.  The luchador has been introduced as the new Diamondbacks mascot. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks)  Last year the team introduced the Lucha Libre mask.
Sept. 20, 2013
Website Creator Says Milke Is Innocent
As prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare for a new trial for death row inmate Debra Milke, a German man who created a website proclaiming her innocence is watching closely. Frank Aue says he met Milke in prison in 2000 and does not believe she's a murderer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Horne Defends Ban On Abortions Based On Gender Or Race
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is asking a federal judge to throw out a challenge to the state's ban on abortion because of the child's race or gender. The 2011 law makes it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy for those reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Rainfall Already Exceeds Average Total
Monsoon storms are expected around the state again today. The National Weather Service says we really got hit Thursday morning. Meteorologist Austin Jamieson says one of the worst storms was in Pinal County.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In States Where Legal, May Prevent Deportation
Gays who marry legally elsewhere may not get the state of Arizona to recognize their unions, but last month's Supreme Court ruling, which struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, says the federal government has to honor decisions in states where gay marriage is legal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff Setting Records For Rainfall In July
Flagstaff is closing in on a record rainfall for July. It is just 0.02 inches of rain away from tying the wettest July on record. The current mark for precipitation was set in 1919, with 7.58 inches of rainfall.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Avenue To Get Makeover
If you have driven on Grand Avenue through the West Valley recently, you probably understand why planners are working on ideas to improve the roadway.  A group of West Valley cities and other entities formed a group to look into changes along the corridor from Loop 303 in Surprise to Willetta Street between McDowell and Interstate 10 in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Millenials Living At Home According To Study
A new study from Pew Research Center said in 2012 more 18 to 31 year olds or millenials, were living with their parents now than in the past four decades. The study, based on Census Bureau data, showed that 36 percent of young people are stay at home children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Parents On Prescriptions Have Higher Risk Of Accidentally Poisoning Children, Teens
A new study in the July issue of "Pediatrics" finds a correlation between higher rates of prescriptions for adults and the number of kids being poisoned accidentally. Children's Mercy Hospital toxicologist Dr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Obama Visits Phoenix, Lays Out Housing Plan
President Obama continues his national tour touting the components of his economic recovery plan. He was here in the Valley Tuesday to discuss the country’s recovering housing market. The biggest news came when Mr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix District 6 Candidates Debate City Managers Departure
Candidates for the Phoenix City Council race in District 6 traded barbs last night at a KJZZ election forum.Incumbent Sal DiCiccio and challenger Karlene Keogh Parks debated the way the city funds golf courses, where the Loop 202 freeway should be expanded and the merits of privatizing city services.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reuters: D.E.A. Conceals Evidence in Investigations of Americans
Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden caused a massive controversy—and a national debate—when he leaked classified documents revealing the extensity of NSA surveillance programs. But according to an exclusive report by Reuters, for the past two decades another U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Man Convicted Of Buddhist Temple Murders Granted Retrial
A man convicted of murdering nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple in 1991 is being tried again for those murders. A federal appeals court ruled that Johnathan Doody’s confession before his first trial was not voluntary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Telescope Array Could Come To Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona could be the new home a large astronomy project. Cherenkov Telescope Array 40 telescopes could generate more than $100 million for the area. Potential sites for the array of 40 telescopes include Mexico and the Spanish Canary Islands, but the big news in Arizona is that spots around Seligman and Meteor Crater are also in the running.
Sept. 20, 2013

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