KJZZ News

July Fourth in Prescott: celebrating during a somber time
Every Independence Day, thousands of people crowd into Prescott's Pioneer Park for a huge, city-sponsored blowout. They bring their folding chairs, shade tents and coolers on wheels. But this time they've brought something else, too.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Speeds And Hot Temperatures Lead To Tire Blowouts
Summers in Arizona not only mean an increase in the temperature, but also in the number of tire blowouts. A new study by the Arizona Department of Transportation says tire shreds are the most dangerous road debris in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study Begins For Proposed Union Pacific Railroad Yard Near Picacho Peak
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 303 Closures This Weekend Part Of Larger Plan
West Valley drivers could face some delays this weekend, as the Department of Transportation prepares to open three new southbound lanes on the Loop 303.  Spokesman Doug Nintzel says that will require the closure of parts of the freeway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why Interstate 17 Accidents Like This Weekend Are Troublesome
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Corporation Commission Ruled Against In Renewable Energy Decision
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Eisenhowers Presidential Airplane Found In Storage At Marana Airport
There is a piece of presidential history parked at an Arizona airport. It is one of the first airplanes to fly President Dwight D. Eisenhower around the world in the 1950s.  This is one of three Lockheed Constellation planes President Eisenhower used during the early years of his presidency in the 1950's.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural/Metro Company Facing Financial Challenges
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number Of Registered Independent Voters In Arizona Increases
The Secretary of State’s office says Arizona's voter registration numbers have risen by about 2,300 since the last report in April. Spokesman Matt Roberts says the number of non-affiliated voters increased the most, “The two other state-wide major parties have seen either decreases, slight decreases or they’ve gone up and down a little bit, over the last couple years especially,” Roberts said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lightning-Caused Deaths Remind People To Be Cautious In Storms
The deaths of a man and woman, who were struck by lightning at an overlook north of the Grand Canyon this week, was not surprising to meteorologists. The National Weather Service says 14 people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year with Arizona and Florida leading the country, with three fatalities each.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College On Probation After Investigation
Governing Board members of Pima Community College will have to attend workshops and retreats to learn how to do their jobs, even though most have held office for more than a decade. The Arizona Daily Star reports the college has been put on probation, after a recent investigation found sweeping problems at the school, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices and the mishandling of sexual harassment claims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Havasupai Reservation To Receive Emergency Water After Monsoon Showers
Recent monsoon rain showers have cut off the water supply on the Havasupai reservation. In response, St. Mary’s Food Bank will start shipping water to the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning. St. Mary’s said it is sending 30,000 bottles of water to the Havasupai Nation because torrential rain and flooding have damaged the area’s electrical supply.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday
President Obama will be in Phoenix Tuesday. The president is scheduled to present his plans to help homeowners and people who want to buy homes. This is part of a series of speeches the president is making across the country outlining ideas to boost the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Medical School Has A Unique Approach To Residency Program
A Valley-based medical school is trying to help reduce the shortage of primary care physicians. The new program is taking a unique approach to medical residencies. El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson is taking part in a new residency program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes Get A New Owner And Name
The fourth time is the charm. The Phoenix Coyotes have a new owner. The National Hockey League approved the sale of the team Monday after four years of negotiations involving the city of Glendale, the NHL and several would-be owners.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Officials Stopped $31 Million Of Tax Return Fraud
State officials say they’re becoming pretty proficient at stopping the type of tax fraud that results from the filing of false tax returns.The state tax collecting arm, the Department of Revenue, says it stopped more than $31.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jail Time For Man Convicted In Terrorism Hoax
An Arizona man will spend two weeks behind bars, for his role in a terrorism hoax. A jury had convicted Michael David Turley in June of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression – this after he sent his 16-year old nephew into a busy Northwest Phoenix intersection with a fake grenade launcher in July, 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting Other Perspectives On The Phoenix City Council Election Forums
We spoke with KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd who gave a recap of the KJZZ Town Halls this week. Along with Al Macias, he hosted candidate forums for each of the four contested Phoenix City Council races. You can hear all of the forums in their entirety and check out stories about issues affecting each of those districts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Defense Wants Renzi Conviction Overturned
Federal prosecutors want a judge to reject a former Arizona congressman's appeal on corruption charges. Rick Renzi represented what was then Arizona's first congressional district from 2003 until 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
How The DOJ Lawsuit Against Airline Merger Will Affect Consumers
Tuesday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice and several attorneys general including Arizona's Tom Horne were suing to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways was a huge surprise to most observers.
Sept. 20, 2013

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