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Power lines in the path of Poco Fire
The Poco fire burning outside of Young, Ariz. doubled in size overnight as firefighters were dealing with gusty winds and high temperatures. And as KJZZ's Terry Ward reports, it has forced the shutdown of power lines in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Family of Utah doctor can proceed with lawsuit against feds
The family of a Utah doctor can go forward with parts of a lawsuit claiming federal agents pushed the man to suicide. Dr. James Redd was indicted in 2009 after a sweeping investigation into the looting of Native American artifacts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Passenger train debuts at Sky Harbor
A passenger train made its debut today at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Train, as its called, should begin moving passengers to and from Terminal Four by early next year.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the trains will actually travel over the airport taxiway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Americans as independent voters
Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson explains why he’s an independent and an advocate for open primaries. Johnson says being nonpartisan is a nice system to work under, and people are more diverse and friendly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Sept. 20, 2013
County offers a boost to prep for new law
Arizona’s child-restraint law will get tougher next month. But Maricopa County is helping distribute booster seats for people who need them. PETER O’DOWD: Kids younger than 8 years old -- or shorter than 4'9" -- must be in a child restraint when they’re in the car.
Sept. 20, 2013
The psychological impact of wildfires
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kingman private prison escapee appeals convictions
One of the inmates who escaped a private prison near Kingman is set to go before the state Court of Appeals.  John McCluskey was serving 15 years for attempted murder. He and two other inmates broke out of prison in 2010 after his fiancée Casslyn Welch tossed wire cutters over the facility’s fence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical Examiner rules mysterious courtroom death a suicide
The autopsy of a former Wall Street trader who mysteriously collapsed in court and later died was released Friday. It all began in 2009 when Michael Marin emerged from his burning Phoenix-area mansion in scuba gear.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas emerging Latino voter
According to a report released by the Morrison Institute at ASU, Arizona will see a voting shift in coming years due to the coming-of-age Latino population. The two researchers who wrote the report explain why.
Sept. 20, 2013
Trespassing conviction upheld in obscene T-shirt case
A Mohave County man convicted of trespassing for wearing an obscenity-laced T-shirt to a Board of Supervisors meeting has lost another round in court. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.KJZZ first told you about Mervin Fried in March of this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake looking to Arizona?s open senate seat
Congressman Jeff Flake explains why he wants to be an Arizona Senator and which issues are most important to him. Flake, who has served in the House since 2001, says the biggest issue is getting the country’s debt and deficit under control.
Sept. 20, 2013
Make a plan to save some cash
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
Sept. 20, 2013
More on SB 1070 and Open Elections Act
KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block explains the most controversial provision of SB 1070 and debates around the provision. Jim Small, editor at Arizona Capitol Times, explains why the Open Elections/Open Government Act didn’t get on the ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
The case for Arizonas agricultural future
Arizona continues to face an ongoing drought, but a new paper suggests the state's farming future is important, and can be done more efficiently.Karen Smith, a former Deputy Director at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Water Quality Director at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wrote the paper for the Grand Canyon Institute, at which she's a Fellow.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sedona property rights wont be heard by top court
The Arizona Supreme Court won't consider appeals of a ruling stemming from a voter-approved property rights law.Separate appeals were filed by the city of Sedona and a business that owned a luxury home that the city said was a rental property.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Commerce Department promoting cross-border trade
The U.S. Commerce Department has sent a representative to the Southwest to promote cross-border trade with Mexico. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the message is that border states are missing an opportunity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sky Harbor janitors ask for respect
Janitors who clean Sky Harbor International Airport gathered Tuesday night to protest their working conditions. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the group has tried unsuccessfully to assemble a union.
Sept. 20, 2013

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