KJZZ News

Resolution to establish Arizona sovereignty passed through Senate
The Arizona Senate has given its approval to a resolution allowing the state to challenge federal government orders.  It would allow the state to reject orders from Washington it believes are unconstitutional.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man arrested after two bodies found buried in Phoenix backyard
A Phoenix man faces two murder charges after the discovery of human remains in a backyard. Landscapers found the bodies buried in a wooden box at a house that used to belong to Alan Champagne’s mother.
Sept. 20, 2013
Alligator swims with prosthetic tail
History was made this week at the Phoenix Herpetological Society when an alligator swam with a prosthetic tail for the first time. President of the society, Russ Johnson says the tail will enable the gator to walk and swim like the rest of his predatory kin, but it may take some time for the gator to adjust.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marking 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda
Today marks 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda, the Mesa man whose name became synonymous with the rights of criminal suspects.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports on the lasting impact of the Supreme Court case that bears Miranda’s name.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson faces $15 million budget shortfall
Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale Police Commander accepts Casa Grande police chief job
 A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU responds to Sparky backlash
It seemed like a good idea three weeks ago. That’s when ASU rolled out the new and improved version of its iconic mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil. But the university announced Monday it's already planning to change the new version.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT proposes alternative to damaged U.S.89
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS decision on gay marriage could impact Arizona domestic benefits ruling
Arizona officials will be watching closely as the U.S. Supreme Court considers gay marriage today. The outcome of the case could impact a lawsuit over benefits for domestic partners for gay state and university employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
Child custody hearing bill headed to governor
A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Supreme Court may consider marijuana driving case
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving under the influence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District seeks superintendent
The Tucson Unified School District is on the hunt for a new superintendent. The TUSD’s governing board approved the search Tuesday night. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the district will use an external firm to conduct the national search.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to count gold, silver as legal tender moving in legislature
The Arizona House of Representatives has given its preliminary approval to a measure that would make privately minted gold and silver coins legal tender in the state. Under the bill, those coins would be no different under state law than the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix veteran faces life for helping al-Qaeda in Syria
An Army veteran from Arizona will remain in jail until he's tried for working with terrorists in Syria.Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, faces life imprisonment for charges of using a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate OKs texting spam ban
Arizonans with cell phones take note, unsolicited text messages may soon be a thing of the past. Today the Senate followed the House in passing a ban on marketers sending unsolicited texts to phones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Section of Piestewa Freeway closed this weekend
State Route 51 Northbound will be closed between Bell and Union Hills from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday. ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said crews will be installing a Freeway Management System.“That includes overhead message boards, but also crews are installing the ramp meters along the on-ramps along that stretch of State Route 51 and then also freeway cameras are going in,” Nintzel said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix hoping to bring Mexican sculptors work to town
The work of a world-renowned Mexican sculptor may be coming to Phoenix as outdoor art installations. While city officials were in Mexico City on a trade mission this past week, they discussed the possibility with the artist himself.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite evacuation, letters sent to Flakes office not harmful
The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake have found nothing dangerous or harmful. Authorities evacuated part of the building this morning after staff for the Republican senator came across mail that was stained with an oily substance.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Senator may face charges
A State Senator may face charges for entering his teenage grandson's classroom without permission...and confronting the teacher.Yuma police have asked city prosecutors to file four misdemeanor charges against state Senator Don Shooter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tohono Oodham Nation chairman dies
The former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation has died. The death of Augustine B. Lopez Sr. was announced Friday by his southern Arizona Tribe. Neither Lopez’s age nor cause of death was released, but a short bio was made public by tribal officials.
Sept. 20, 2013

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