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Jet crash may have been caused by a collision with a bird
Luke Air Force Base officials are admitting they now have an idea why an F-16 fighter jet crashed near the base late Wednesday. Brigadier General Mike Rothstein commands the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, and says the jet may have hit a bird.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: consumers need protections from unjustified health insurance rate increases
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former wildland firefighter reflects on the jobs importance and dangers
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
US House to debate immigration reform bill
The United States House of Representatives will begin taking up immigration reform legislation in the days ahead. Some say the measure approved in the Senate is dead on arrival in the lower chamber, but Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kearny Fire 5 Percent Contained
The wildfire that caused the evacuation of residents from the town of Kearny Monday night is still not under control. The town of Kearny is 70 miles southeast of Florence.  Officials battling the wildfire in Kearny say the fire is now 5 percent contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Second Coconino County Resident Infected With Hantavirus
Coconino County health authorities said a second resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus, but the woman is recovering. Officials say they are investigating where the woman contracted the virus.Authorities say a Flagstaff woman died last month from complications of the disease.
Sept. 20, 2013
Improvements Coming To Grand Avenue
If you drive in the West Valley, there's a pretty good chance you've driven on Grand Avenue. And, if that's the case, it may not be a surprise that transportation planners are looking at ways to improve the thoroughfare.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire Restrictions Lifted At Five Arizona National Forests This Week
A series of strong rain storms has prompted officials to lift fire restrictions in five Arizona National Forests, but the active monsoon season does not mean the fire danger is completely over. Fire restrictions will be lifted Wednesday in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in central and northern Arizona, and restrictions will be lifted on Friday in the Coronado National forest in the southeastern part of the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Family Of Man Killed in Maricopa County Jail Offered A Settlement
The family of man killed in a Maricopa County jail is being offered a $300,000 settlement. That is far less than the family was asking for. Weitse Ten Boden was a Dutch citizen and permanent resident in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Extra Storm Clean Up Saturday In Ahwatukee
Extra clean up crews will be on the streets of Ahwatukee Saturday. They will be out there for several more days cleaning up the mess left behind by a storm earlier this week. So far city crews have removed more than 100 tons of trees, branches, leaves and other green waste as well as another three tons of debris.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rare Bird Spotted In Southwest
There is a frenzy erupting in the birding world over a colorful, chicken-sized bird not usually seen in the Southwest.  The Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail is typically found along the coasts and in the tropical forests of Central and South America, but for the first time, it has been spotted in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Wetlands Exist In Arizona
There are two wetlands in Arizona. These are homes to wildlife and unique species of birds and mammals. Tres Rios is a filtration system. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Did You Know, some wetlands are man-made? At a place 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, a wetland restoration effort has been in the works for more than a decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Nurses Petition To Treat PTSD With Medical Marijuana
A group of nurses is asking the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana. A similar effort failed last year. The health department considers new petitions every six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tanque Verde Falls Cliff Jumper Dies
A man who died after striking his head as he jumped off a cliff near Tanque Verde Falls near Tucson has been identified as 29-year-old Richard Baker. Witnesses said the man never surfaced after the jump and was pulled from the water by his friends.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Move to Mesa Could Impact East Valley
Another university is headed to Mesa, but this time it is a home-grown school. Grand Canyon University is partnering with a developer to locate the school in a new development near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Quagga Mussels Found In Salt River Project Canal System
More than a dozen quagga mussels have been discovered in two Valley canals after a routine inspection by Salt River Project officials last month. Quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces like boats and water pipes.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Common Core Standards Are More Rigorous Than AIMS Standards
Valley teachers and administrators are preparing for the new Common Core standards that are replacing the AIMS test as a graduation requirement. State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal noted the standards are more rigorous than the AIMS standards and said it will take time to adjust to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mohave County Says Gray Wolves Not Welcome
The Mohave County Board is saying ‘no way’ to an expansion of the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery zone.  The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday saying the wolves would not be welcome in the northwest Arizona county unless they have been vaccinated, have a dog license and have been spayed or neutered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Educators Brace For Cuts In Federal Head Start Funds
Arizona educators who depend on federal Head Start funds for low-income preschool students are bracing for a cash crunch. Some schools are turning kids away and sending layoff notices to teachers as Congress cuts spending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Detention Officer Murdered Outside Of Home
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because of his job.
Sept. 20, 2013

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