KJZZ News

Law Increasing Private Contribution Limits Argued In Court
Supporters of public campaign finance are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to block the higher contribution limits in a new state law from taking effect, while their legality is argued in court.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gun-Related Homicides Down in Phoenix Area
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro And Union Make 3-Year Agreement Ending Strike
Valley Metro Bus Service is back on schedule in the East Valley Monday. Union and management negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to end the bus strike that has mainly affected riders in the Southeast Valley since Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
GAO Investigates Navajo Nation Challenges
Representatives from the U.S. Government Accountability Office are visiting the Navajo Nation this week, as part of a study mandated by Congress into the challenges that American Indian tribes face in administering federal housing funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rock Burglar Sentenced To 22 Years And Nine Months In Prison
A burglar who evaded the police for years and netted millions in stolen property has been sentenced to two decades behind bars. Authorities said Robert Neese broke into hundred of homes whose owners were away by throwing rocks through a window.
Sept. 20, 2013
Food Tax A Hot Topic In District 2 Forum
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
Sept. 20, 2013
Huppenthal: School Districts Need To Act Now To Prevent Mass Third Grader Retention
Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hot, Dry Weather Does Not Signal End To Monsoon Season
While most of the nation experiences a cool down this week, it’s unusually hot and dry for central Arizona and will remain that way through the weekend. But, Mark O’Malley with the National Weather Service says the hot weather does not signal an end to the monsoon season.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Company Buys 4000 Acres Of Land Near Casa Grande
Phoenix land company Vermaland bought 4000 acres near Casa Grande this week. This map graphic highlights in yellow the land proposed for the La Osa Ranch project in Pinal County. (Map courtesy of Land Advisors Organization) A sign of continued growth in the housing market, their master plan calls for residential lots, parks and commercial space.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Education Secretary To Tour Southwest
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9, before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stormy Weather Near French Gulch Fire Dangerous For Fire Fighters
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to 850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix-Based Sprouts Farmers Market Releases Strong Financial Report
Sprouts is opening more stores. The health food supermarket chain made the announcement after it released a strong earnings report Thursday.  The produce section of a Sprouts store. (Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market) The specialty food chain had net sales of $622 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell Recovery Group Recognized By Yavapai County, State
The Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters and destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Yarnell at the end of June, and almost immediately the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was formed by local residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Travel Warnings Lifted For Rocky Point
The United States State Department has lifted travel warnings for Rocky Point, a Mexican beach town southwest of Tucson, but travelers should still exercise caution. The Arizona Daily Star said the government recommends using the Lukeville boarder crossing in order to limit driving through Mexico, and the State Department urges U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer: Officials In India Interested In Investing In Arizona
Governor Jan Brewer is back from a week-long trade mission to India, with what she hopes will be future economic development opportunities for Arizona. Brewer says she was in contact with dozens of business and government officials with the financial capability to invest here.
Sept. 20, 2013
Children Need More Sleep To Perform Better In School
Sleep experts are cautioning Arizona parents that, for kids to keep their grades up, they must get the most from their sleep each night. Valley Sleep Center Co-Founder Lori Leadly said sleep is important at any age, but middle-and high-schoolers need to learn how to get a restful sleep.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Man Rescued After Rock Climbing Fall
 An Arizona man is lucky to be alive after falling 100 feet in a rugged area of Zion National Park. A U.S. Air Force rescue team was called in to get him out.Park rangers say they were notified about 5 p.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislative Panel To Review Benefit Proposals For Fallen Prescott Firefighters
A state legislative committee will meet this month to review proposals to help the families of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.  Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin of Prescott Valley plans to introduce bills that would provide retroactive state benefits to the families.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weighing In On Whether College Student Athletes Should Get Paid
It probably wasn't Woodward and Bernstein or the filmmakers behind "All The President’s Men" who coined the phrase ‘follow the money.' Neither legendary reporter covered the machine of college athletics, which seems to run thanks to the millions and even billions of dollars fed into it by TV networks and sponsors, but until very recently despite convincing, logical op-eds in national newspapers, the concept of truly sharing those funds with student-athletes seemed unlikely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effort To Block Medicaid Expansion May Be Insufficient
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of the poverty level.
Sept. 20, 2013

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