KJZZ News

Superheroes and American culture
From Superman to Spider-Man to Spawn, American culture has a strong relationship with superheroes.KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with DC and Marvel Comics artist Tony Parker about why we're drawn to superheroes.
Sept. 20, 2013
DuVal runs for Governor
Fred DuVal has jumped in the race on the Democratic side to succeed Governor Jan Brewer.DuVal filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office to establish an exploratory committee. He’s a former Arizona Board of Regents member who also served as a top aide and adviser to Bruce Babbitt both during Babbitt's terms as Arizona governor and his unsuccessful campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president.
Sept. 20, 2013
Was it snow?
It doesn't happen often, and it's always a surprise when it does, but we had what amounted to snow in the Valley on Wednesday afternoon. A rainbow is visible near Papago Peak amid the storm clouds Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Felecia Rotellini files for 2014 Arizona Attorney General bid
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
Sept. 20, 2013
A lighthearted look at border politics
The Arizona-Mexico border has been especially busy lately. Just a few hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Jan Brewer toured the border. Sen. John McCain followed with his own visit, and then Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents near Nogales.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stanton announces gun buyback, School Safety Officers
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton delivered his second State of the City speech Thursday. He announced new pushes for school safety and an effort to get guns off the street. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right) introduces Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia and David Krietor, the new executive director of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
Sept. 20, 2013
Emergency declaration provides additional resources for US 89 repair
The state of Arizona and Coconino County have both issued emergency declarations after the collapse of a section of US 89, south of Page, late last month. County spokesman Nathan Gonzales says the actions free up additional resources to start work on the 150-foot section of roadway that buckled and slid several feet down a mountainside.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer questions the motives behind illegal immigrant release
Governor Jan Brewer says she does not believe the Department of Homeland Security needed to release illegal immigrants from federal detention centers.  Federal officials say the release of approximately 2,000 people, reportedly 300 of them in Arizona, was necessary because of automatic spending cuts forced by sequestration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Schools Prepare for Federal Cuts
Arizona public schools expect to lose more than 30-million dollars under the automatic federal budget cuts that started this week under sequestration.  Some of the state’s hardest hit districts depend on “Title One” federal funds for disadvantaged children with special needs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hits $4 billion in assests
The state fund that holds and invests money from the sale of Arizona trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion mark at the end of February.
Sept. 20, 2013
Air Force, other branches suspend tuition assistance
The Air Force is joining other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes. An Air Force spokeswoman says airmen were notified by email that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of the month.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ DEQ cleans up first superfund site in Phoenix
A hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  It’s the first time the state has completed its own superfund project. The state DEQ removed more than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County could get new supervisor this week
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could have a new member by the end of the week. Supervisor Max Wilson resigned from the board due to health concerns earlier this year. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there is no shortage of people applying for the job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Winter rains could produce dry grass for fire season
Spring arrived in Arizona early Wednesday morning, at 4:02 local time.  And, as KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports from Phoenix, winter was about average this year. The 30-year average says the Phoenix area should get 3.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting lost in medieval magic
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40 miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most fascinating person at the party.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix $100,000 gun buyback set for May
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says gun owners can turn in their unwanted firearms at the city’s buyback program in May.  The city is using money from a private donor to give out gift cards to anyone who wants to get rid of their weapons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson council supports bill seeking to punish impaired shooters
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to support proposed state legislation that seeks to crack down on people who fire off guns while intoxicated. The bill would make it a felony for a person with a blood alcohol reading greater than the legal limit to shoot a firearm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Some Arizona homeowners eligible for federal foreclosure settlement funds
Some Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement.  But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from the program.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Kelli and Anthony Little
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cactus League attendance record comes with asterisk
Cactus League baseball drew more than 1.7 million fans to local stadiums this spring. Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe. (Photo by Nick Blumberg - KJZZ) That's about 20,000 more fans than last year, but it’s a record that comes with an asterisk.
Sept. 20, 2013

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