Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: Where Did The Recovery Devices On Gas Station Nozzles Go?
Gas stations pumps across the United States used to have rubber boots on the nozzles. KJZZ listener Tom Kovacevich noticed the absence and asked about it via Q&AZ. In 2012, the EPA issued updated rulings on vapor recovery devices, calling the rubber boots redundant.
Oct. 2, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Did Goodyear Tire Company Come To Arizona?
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company came to Arizona to grow its own long staple cotton, which was more difficult to get in the late 1910s.
Oct. 30, 2018
Q&AZ: How Much Money Is Allocated For Public Mental Health Services?
Ninety-one percent of the $2,344,672,606 spent by the The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment system in fiscal year 2017 went to programs connected to Medicaid and KidsCare, the state’s health insurance program for low-income children.
Sept. 21, 2018
Q&AZ: Is It Rare To Be An Arizona Native?
Arizona is a commuter state, as only 39.7 percent of residents in 2017 were born in the state, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
Sept. 19, 2018
Q&AZ: What’s Turning The Trees Brown in Oak Creek Canyon?
Oak Creek Canyon is known for its scenic hikes, but this summer thousands of trees turned brown. The U.S. Forest Service says the alder flea beetle is to blame.
Oct. 1, 2018
Q&AZ: How Are Historic Buildings Relocated?
It's an intense process that involves trucks, closed roads and even completely dismantling entire buildings — but the United States is really good at it.
Sept. 17, 2018
Q&AZ: Is South Mountain Park The Countrys Largest?
KJZZ listener Chris McCormack was curious to know more about Phoenix’s South Mountain Preserve and asked us to investigate through our reporting project Q&AZ.
Sept. 11, 2018
Q&AZ: What does the word Arizona mean?
No, it isn’t Spanish for “arid zone,” and the word either comes from the Tohono O'odham tribe or all the way from Basque country.
Sept. 10, 2018
Q&AZ: Is The Rosy-Faced Lovebird Invasive But Benign?
The Rosy-faced Lovebird is a distinctive green and pink bird often spotted in Phoenix neighborhoods. However, they're not native song birds but parrots originally from southwestern Africa.
Sept. 10, 2018
Q&AZ: Does U.S. Really Use 500M Plastic Straws A Day?
It’s almost impossible to determine exactly how many single-use plastic straws are used every day, and even harder to determine just how many end up in the ocean.
Sept. 3, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Cant Riders Use A Light Rail Ticket To Switch To Bus?
Phoenix’s public transit is a little different than other major cities because you cannot buy a one-way ticket that covers both a bus and light rail ride.
Aug. 27, 2018
Q&AZ: If palo verde trees are native to Arizona, why do they fall during monsoons?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: If palo verde trees are native to Arizona, why do they break and topple during monsoon storms?
Aug. 24, 2018
Q&AZ: Why Is There A Law Against Drinking Gray Water In AZ?
The waste water from your shower, washing machine and bathrooms sinks is known as “gray water,” and in January the rules on how to reuse this water changed.
Aug. 22, 2018
Q&AZ: What Is The Impact Of Charitable Tax Credits In Arizona?
When you donate to certain charities, you can claim a tax credit on your Arizona tax return. KJZZ listener Willie Leonard was wondering about the impact of those donations — and he asked us to find out via Q&AZ.
Q&AZ: Ask A Question About Arizona
Aug. 22, 2018
Q&AZ: Is Arizona Getting Hotter?
While temperatures above 110 raise eyebrows, the highs in Phoenix haven’t changed that much in the last 70 years. However, the nighttime temperatures have increased significantly.
Aug. 20, 2018
Q&AZ: Arizona Has A Strong History Of Electing Female Officials
Currently, 40 percent of lawmakers in Arizona are female, tying it with Vermont for the highest representation of women at a state Capitol. There have only been 39 female governors in U.S. history, and Arizona has four of them, including the first female governor to succeed another women.
Aug. 20, 2018
Whats The Future For The Vacant Lot Once Part Of Indian School?
A lot on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road has sat vacant for the better part of 26 years. It's the former home of the PHX Renews community garden and part of the Phoenix Indian School. What will its future hold?
Q&AZ: Ask A Question About Arizona
Aug. 16, 2018
How Did Phoenixs Indian School Road Get Its Name?
Whether you were born in Arizona or came here from somewhere else, chances are you’ve wondered about the people, places and things in the Grand Canyon State. Q&AZ is a project meant to explore those curiosities. The first question comes from Adam Watts, who lives in Chandler.
Q&AZ: Ask A Question About Arizona
Aug. 15, 2018