KJZZ News

Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits Colorado City
Arizona's top health official says a remote community long dominated by a polygamist sect is responsible for much of a recent increase in whooping cough in the state.  Department of Health Services Director Will Humble says Arizona has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the past several years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Game and Fish Fights Tortoise Overpopulation By Adopting Them Out
Backyard desert tortoise breeding has lead to overpopulation in captivity. So much so that, Cristina Jones, the turtle program coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said  there are not enough homes for all of them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Along 32nd Street, Hope For Renewal
On August 27, Phoenix residents will elect four people to the city council. As part of a series called "Phoenix Votes," a look at one of the neighborhoods around District 2.  One corner of 32nd Street and Bell, a major intersection along this stretch, is dominated by an abandoned gas station.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley School District To Feature Solar Panels
Students are returning to classes across the Valley this week, and dealing with the summer heat is an issue for many schools.In the Madison School District, officials are using solar panels to provide shade and save money at three of the district's eight schools.
Sept. 20, 2013
Duval Charged With Racism For Dos Equis Pitchman Joke
The race for governor in 2014 is already heating up with one Democratic hopeful getting national media attention for what his campaign calls a joke. Businessman Fred Duval said he was attempting to answer charges that he is boring.
Sept. 20, 2013
Providing Emergency Funds For The Yarnell Hill Fire
The Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy killed 19 firefighters. Early Wednesday morning Juliann Ashcraft, the widow of one of the dead firefighters Andrew Ashcraft, held a news conference to talk about the need for the city of Prescott to provide health and benefits for the survivors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Hohokam Village Helped Shape Phoenixs Water Canal System
There are a number of ruins in Arizona. Among those listed is the Pueblo Grande Ruins near Sky Harbor Airport, on Washington Street. The ruins layout on the ground level. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) The Hohokam people lived for hundreds of years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number Of Moms Trying Breastfeeding Increases, But Many Give Up Too Soon
The number of mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control. Katherine Wilson-Thompson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, says that is not an anomaly but that too many of those mothers are giving up too quickly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State Universitys Manzanita Hall To Reopen Saturday
Students will move into Arizona’s State University’s Manzanita Hall on Saturday for the first time in more than two years. The dorm will reopen after a $50 million renovation.  Manzy Hall, as it's known, has been an ASU fixture for more than four decades.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Receives Federal Grants For Next Years Health Care Expansion
Some Arizona community groups are getting $2 million to sign up people for health care expansion next year.  The grants will be used to hire staff to add patients to the state’s Medicaid system and help others purchase insurance under the new federal health care act.
Sept. 20, 2013
John McCluskey Captial Murder Trial Begins Monday
Opening statements are set for today in the capital murder trial of Arizona fugitive John McCluskey. McCluskey is facing 20 counts in the murder of an Oklahoma couple, following his escape from an Arizona prison.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ozone High Pollution Advisory Issued
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an ozone high pollution advisory today for just the third time this year. National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison says the pollution can be a problem for people with repertory problems and even healthy people who exercise outside.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Polices Safe And Sober Campaign Continues Through Saturday
Arizona State University students returned to class on Thursday, but many students have already been busy and not necessarily in a good way. Tempe police report that 371 people were arrested in the first three days of their Operation Safe and Sober campaign.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Polices Safe And Sober Campaign Has A Busy Second Weekend
Tempe police said they were even busier the second weekend of their campaign to crack down on underage drinking. Many of those detained were college students. Officers arrested 486 people last weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Cannot Sue For Injuries From Rescues
There's a warning this morning that a new appellate court ruling could make police officers think twice about performing rescues. The case involves Department of Public Safety officer Ross Read who permanently injured his knee while rescuing a woman who had flipped her truck.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cotton Cultivation: Theres An App For That
Cotton is one of Arizona’s largest cash crops – and now it’s going digital. The University of Arizona just released new tools for cotton farmers: smartphone apps. The Mobile Cotton app gives farmers access to U of A research, and allows them to predict and compare their cotton growth.
Sept. 20, 2013
40-Year-Old Woman Rescued Off Mountain In Scottsdale
A rescue helicopter team had to be called out Sunday to get a 40-year-old woman off a mountain in Scottsdale. Captain Danny Ables of the Scottsdale Fire Department said the woman lost her way while hiking the Gateway Trailhead Mountains in the Scottsdale Preserve.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court Rules In Favor Of Couples Right To Display For Sale Sign
The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the right of a homeowner to put up a for sale sign, despite a homeowner's association ban. The ruling comes in the case of Robert and Cecilia Hawk, who bought a lot in a planned community in Flagstaff in 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debra Milke Granted Bail While Awaiting Retrial
An Arizona woman convicted in connection with the murder of her 4-year-old son in 1989, has been granted bail. Debra Milke is awaiting retrial on the charges. The retrial and bail are the result of a now questionable confession.
Sept. 20, 2013
How The Catholic Church Tackles Social Issues
This weekend’s pro-reform homilies will not be the Catholic Church’s only move to influence policy. Pope Francis plans to lead several hours of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria tomorrow. That got KJZZ's Nick Blumberg thinking about how and how much religious leaders can affect the way people think about big social issues of the day.
Sept. 20, 2013

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