KJZZ News

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
Power plant changes could strain Navajo Nation budget
Navajo Nation officials say plans to shut down three units at the Four Corners power plant could strain the tribal budget. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.Tribal officials say they had been prepared for the coal-fired units to close in two years.
Aug. 10, 2012
High ozone levels may continue through weekend
Friday will be the eighth day this year the Valley’s been under a high pollution warning. Continued high temperatures could lead to more ozone advisories through the weekend. All week, the Phoenix area has been under either an ozone watch or warning.
Aug. 9, 2012
Extreme heat, pollution advisories extended
The Valley's excessive heat advisory has been extended through Sunday, and Phoenix Firefighters are urging you to take steps to guard against the searing temperatures. Captain Jonathan Jacobs says that means planning the day before if you know you'll be spending time outdoors.
Aug. 9, 2012
Tonto Forest still under bear restrictions
Tonto National Forest officials announced modifications of a temporary closure order which was enacted last month in response to three bear attacks in the Payson Ranger District. Forest spokeswoman Rahcel Hohl advises you can check the Tonto Forest website or call the Ranger Office at 928-474-7900 if you have questions about where you can camp overnight as some areas are still under the evening closure orders.
Aug. 9, 2012
Airline performance up on schedules, baggage
Good news for air travelers. You’re more likely to arrive on time with your luggage. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the airlines are on pace to have their best performance since 1984.Nearly 84 percent of domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in the first half of this year.
Aug. 9, 2012
Desert culture and environment
A project called Desert Initiative: Desert One takes a look at the culture and environment in the nation’s four desert regions. Greg Esser, associate director of the Desert Initiative Project, says they’re looking at the arts as a way to investigate the desert in new and innovative ways.
Aug. 8, 2012
Maricopa County Attorney wants to see medical marijuana in court
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he’s eager to put Arizona’s medical marijuana law in front of a judge, as defendant or plaintiff. Last year, Montgomery warned county employees not to process any zoning or permit applications for marijuana dispensaries, because the businesses would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Aug. 8, 2012
Capital punishment in Arizona
Two experts discuss the legal process behind capital punishment as well as misconceptions and concerns while handling capital trials. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton and Maricopa County public defender Andrew Clemency both agree that capital cases are the most emotionally grueling and drawn-out cases to be involved in.
Aug. 8, 2012
Self-funded candidates in politics
An expert explains the pros and cons of self-funding for elections, and explains why some candidates choose to go the self-funded route.Jennifer Steen is an associate professor of Political Science at ASU.
Aug. 8, 2012
Airline merger may move U.S. Airways from Tempe
A merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines would likely see the airline's headquarters land in Dallas rather than Tempe. An expert analyzes what this could mean for the Valley's economy.Robert Mittelstaedt, Dean of the W.
Aug. 8, 2012
Census already making changes for 2020
The 2020 Census is almost eight years away, but the Census Bureau is looking at lessons learned from the last census. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the bureau may be changing questions and dropping some terms.
Aug. 8, 2012
Figure reported in Davis-Monthan story was incorrect
Last week KJZZ reported a story about an increased number of training flights taking off and landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.We stated the plan would increase sorties from about 1,200 per day to just over 2,200.
Aug. 8, 2012
Herb Paine: Going for the Gold in Politics
Competitive yet mutually respectful. Individuals in their own right but aligned for a common purpose. Each lifting the other up -- and consequently uplifting us all with a sense of pride and an understanding of what is possible.
Aug. 8, 2012

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