KJZZ News

Heat wave linked to two Yuma deaths
Yuma County authorities are linking two deaths to a heat wave that has sent temperatures above 110 degrees.Sheriff's deputies say a 69-year-old transient was found dead of heat-related causes in a field near U.
Aug. 15, 2012
New U.S. Attorney staying away from MCSO investigations
John Leonardo, who was sworn in last month as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, says he won’t take part in any criminal investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports.
Aug. 15, 2012
Sales tax initiative to appear on November ballot
A voter initiative that would make a temporary one-cent sales tax permanent will appear on Arizona’s ballot in November. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that supporters of the measure substantially complied with the law, despite a paperwork error that led Secretary of State Ken Bennett to disqualify the initiative.
Aug. 15, 2012
Intel building new Chandler plant
Intel Corporation today announced plans for a new research and development facility in Chandler. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports construction is already under way. The new facility is next to an existing Intel plant on east Chandler Boulevard.
Aug. 14, 2012
How do you cope with the heat wave?
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures.  The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
Aug. 14, 2012
The plan for shade in Phoenix
Phoenix Civic Space Park is located in downtown Phoenix. The city planted 115 trees here. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Park and Recreation Department)This is KJZZ's Morning Edition, I'm Dennis Lambert. As you've been hearing in our series "Heat Wave," temperatures here in metro Phoenix are expected to increase in the years ahead.
Aug. 14, 2012
Judge dismisses "Day of Prayer" lawsuit
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Governor Brewer's declarations of a state "Day of Prayer." Judge Eileen Willett granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice, meaning the court cannot be asked to rule on the same issue again.
Aug. 14, 2012
Record power consumption matches record temperatures
Record high temperatures are helping to set records for power consumption here in the Valley. The two major electrical utilities say they have enough power to meet demand but are looking for ways to keeps costs down.
Aug. 14, 2012
Nation
Betty Smithey, 69, the nation’s longest-serving female inmate, was released from an Arizona prison Monday.  Smithey, who served 49 years in Goodyear’s Perryville State Prison, was convicted of the murder of 15-month-old Sandy Gerberick of Phoenix in 1963.
Aug. 14, 2012
AZ Supreme Court scheduled to rule on death sentence appeal
The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule today on the appeal of Isiah Patterson. Patterson was sentenced to death in 2009 in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Mesa. A jury convicted Patterson of first-degree murder, and they found the 2006 killing was especially cruel and that there were no circumstances warranting a lenient sentence.
Aug. 14, 2012
Report: Urban growth to raise temperatures
A new study predicts warmer temperatures in Arizona’s growing urban corridor by 2050. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the population between Nogales and Prescott is projected to exceed 9 million.
Aug. 13, 2012
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
Aug. 13, 2012
AZCentral.com to introduce paywall next month
This may come as a shock to news readers around the Valley.This is the last month you’ll be able to access news on azcentral.com for free, according to an announcement from Arizona’s largest newspaper.
Aug. 13, 2012
Mexican gray wolf to be spared, headed to Scottsdale
A Mexican gray wolf that had been targeted for death will be spared.A Scottsdale wildlife sanctuary will take the alpha female that has been killing cattle on a ranch in New Mexico. Spokeswoman Linda Searles of Southwest Sanctuary says the wolf can be brought to her new home as soon as she's captured in New Mexico.
Aug. 13, 2012
Giffords moves home to Tucson
Former Representative Gabby Giffords has moved home to Tucson. She had been undergoing six to eight hours of therapy a day at a Houston facility after she was shot in the head in January 2011.Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, told the Arizona Daily Star that Giffords will continue rehabilitation in Tucson.
Aug. 13, 2012
Nearly 25 percent of Arizonans obese
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a quarter of Arizonans are obese. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Nick Blumberg reports.The data come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, one of several measures of the nation's obesity.
Aug. 13, 2012
Seven fires burning in Tonto Forest as of Friday
Lightning from monsoon storms is blamed for several fires in the Tonto National Forest. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports forest officials are also worried about record-high temperatures. Seven fires are burning in the Tonto Forest today.
Aug. 10, 2012
Mexican gray wolf ordered dead to protect cattle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is going to kill a female Mexican gray wolf following a series of cattle depredations in southwestern New Mexico. This will be the first time since 2007 that Fish and Wildlife will be killing a wolf because of depredation problems.
Aug. 10, 2012
All eyes on another Arizona lawsuit -- this time domestic partner benefits
Nearly a dozen states are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court lets Arizona deny benefits to the domestic partners of state employees. A federal court last year it was illegal to say only spouses and dependents of married state and universities were eligible.
Aug. 10, 2012
Rate of early voting causes reduction in polling places
The rise in early voting has prompted Pima County to cut back on the number of polling places for the Aug. 28 primary election.Pima County officials say it's the first time the county has cut back on polling places.
Aug. 10, 2012

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