KJZZ News

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
Voters Split On Opinion Of Gov. Jan Brewer
A new Rocky Mountain poll indicates Arizona voters are divided on the job being done by Republican Gov.Jan Brewer. Jim Haynes is with the Behavior Research Center in Phoenix.  “Thirty-one percent rates the governor highly—that is doing an excellent or good job,” said Jim Haynes with the Behavior Research Center in Phoenix.
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
Coconino County Man Recovering From Boulder Crushing
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office said a 27-year-old man is recovering after his legs were crushed by a 30-ton boulder, dislodged during recent rains along the Mount Eldon Lookout Road.  Gerry Blair is a spokesman for the Sheriff's office and said the victim was part of a group heading up the mountain to work on the radio towers there.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Empties Old Batteries
If your house is anything like our office, you probably have a drawer full of batteries just waiting to be emptied. Our eternal struggle with this pile of metal came to a head this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coalition Of Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Makes Its Public Debut
A coalition of national and local advocates have started a campaign advocating for same-sex marriage in Arizona. It is one part of a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay marriage through lawsuits, ballot measures and by winning public opinion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Explaining ASU Footballs Bizarre Win Over Wisconsin
Somehow on Saturday night, Arizona State’s football team escaped with a win in one of the more bizarre finishes in recent history. Wisconsin’s quarterback thought he was intentionally stopping the clock by kneeling down, but the officiating crew saw it as something else, though they have not said what exactly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fighting the Wallow
The Wallow fire in Eastern Arizona is now the largest wildfire in state history. KJZZ's Morning Edition Host Dennis Lambert spoke with the US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about the strategy to fight such an enormous wildfire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Smokers Need Not Apply
A Valley health plan says its taking action to improve the health of its employees. KJZZ's Morning Editon Host Dennis Lambert talks with Dr. Charles Cox of Humana of Arizona, about the company's new employment policy, which bans the hiring of smokers at their facilities in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pela Review:  Cinderella
   KJZZ's Theater Critic Robrt Pela reviews Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella which runs through August 6th.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Laws Affecting Arizonans
Today in Arizona many new laws were put into effect. Can Arizonans expect changes, or are some of these laws just re-hashing old issues? Host Steve Goldstein talks to two experts about the issue.Dennis Welch, managing editor of the Arizona Guardian website, and Alia Rau, Capitol reporter for the Arizona Republic, explain what many of the new laws will mean for Arizonans and answer listener questions.
Sept. 20, 2013

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