KJZZ News

Grijalva to Interior Secretary: Do not de-list wolves
An Arizona Congressman is asking the Interior Secretary to cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered. The change would apply to all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, although there would be an exemption for less than 100 Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Soldier Basin wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres near Nogales
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County cites states rights with Mexican Gray Wolf ordinance
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county.  But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico creates investigative unit to find missing people
Officials in Mexico say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind stokes mulch fire in South Phoenix
A mulch fire is sending billows of smoke across south Phoenix. Captain Larry Nunez said at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to an agricultural area near 66th Avenue and Dobbins Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules in blood draw case
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles. Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State Ken Bennett to testify in D.C.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee. Bennett will address members of the Committee on House Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration Efficiency Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns president talks teams future and defending John Hinckley
Phoenix Suns President Lon Babby talked about the franchise's efforts to rebuild following its second-worst season. He also discussed his pre-sports career as a Washington, D.C. attorney who was on the defense team for John Hinckley Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Game and Fish prepares to defend bighorns with force
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wood pellet plant catches fire in Show Low
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday.  Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House members approve state budget and Medicaid expansion
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Sept. 20, 2013
New state budget restores some funding for rural counties
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix public relations firm creates new Boeing 787 virtual view
Boeing’s new 787 jets suffered a public relations nightmare earlier this year after the planes' batteries caught fire. A Phoenix company has developed a tool to help Boeing overcome its bad publicity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire evacuee shares his experience
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so far.  Firefighters say the blaze, which is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes.  One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving new budget
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court guts key part of Voting Rights Act
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona same-sex couples a step closer to receiving federal benefits
After Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, married same-sex couples in Arizona are one step closer to receiving the same federal benefits afforded to heterosexual couples, but uncertainty remains, and any changes will take awhile.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gas prices remain stable
Arizona drivers are seeing continued price stability with the statewide average now at $3.49-a-gallon or about the same as a week ago. AAA Arizona spokeswoman Michelle Donatti says that's mainly the result of the slow rise in the price of crude oil.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates work to sign up children for KidsCare program
Advocates Wednesday will launch an effort to sign up more kids for a program that offers health insurance to children whose families cannot afford private insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.
Sept. 20, 2013

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