KJZZ News

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
Arizona
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
AZCentral.com to introduce paywall next month
This may come as a shock to news readers around the Valley.This is the last month you’ll be able to access news on azcentral.com for free, according to an announcement from Arizona’s largest newspaper.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scorching summers and the Valley?s economy
Two experts weigh in on whether or not scorching summers affect the valley’s economy, and what can be done to attract more tourism. Jim Rounds, senior vice president and economist with Elliot D. Pollack and Company, and Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona, say Arizona is seeing less summer economic drop-off for the first time in a while.
Sept. 20, 2013
Older Arizonans working longer
Older Arizonans are staying on the job longer, or returning to the workforce, as the value of retirement plans declines in a struggling economy. The Arizona Department of Administration's Aruna Murthy says that's changing the face of the state's workforce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon storms pelt Phoenix area
The Valley was slammed by a pair of thunderstorms last night. Sky Harbor Airport recorded four tenths of an inch of precipitation, but other communities in the state saw heavier rainfall and more. Steady rain blanketed much of the Phoenix area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon glass bridge case still not clear
An arbitrator has awarded a Las Vegas developer about $28 million in a contract dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports that may not be the final word.The Hualapai owns the glass bridge that gives visitors a view of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Penzone wins shot against Arpaio in November
Former Phoenix Police Sergeant Paul Penzone won the Democratic primary for Maricopa County Sheriff on Tuesday. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, he faces a well-known incumbent with big campaign coffers … and a second, independent challenger.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court rules Phoenix New Times execs can sue Arpaio
A federal appeals court has ruled that two Phoenix newspaper executives can pursue a civil suit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for violating their First Amendment rights and making a false arrest, among other claims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Giffords officially launches PAC
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, along with her husband, Mark Kelly, officially launched her political action committee Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Gabby PAC will be co-chaired by Robert Reich, a Democrat, and Trey Grayson, a Republican.
Sept. 20, 2013
Inspection finds mall kiosks not always showing prices
A series of recent inspections found kiosks in malls throughout the Valley did not list the prices of the items they were selling. Inspectors from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures checked out 52 kiosks between July and August.
Sept. 20, 2013
Attorneys for leaders in FLDS case want trial moved
Attorneys for the town of Hilldale, Utah want their civil rights trial moved from Phoenix to Utah. The Department of Justice accuses town leaders in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona of intimidating former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sept. 20, 2013
DREAMers begin second phase of application process
The deferred deportation program was announced by President Obama earlier this year. That program allows qualifying young undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary postponement of deportation proceedings.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima County bat infected with rabies
A bat that was found outside Pima County Juvenile Court has tested positive for rabies.County officials said yesterday the bat was found last week in the parking lot by a court visitor.No one is believed to have come in contact with the bat, but officials aren't sure how long the animal had been in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona median household income drops 3 percent between 2010-11
The U.S. Census Bureau says the median household income nationwide dropped 1.3 percent between 2010 and 2011. In Arizona, the decline was 2.9 percent.KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with John Mathis, Director of the Global Financial Services Center at the Thunderbird School of Global Management about the numbers and what they mean for Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
YouTube video of fake terrorist threat leads to arrest
A Phoenix man has been arrested in connection with a staged terrorist threat videotaped in July.Michael Turley says he and his 16-year-old nephew, who pretended to be a terrorist in the recording and even carried a fake rocket launcher, wanted to test police response time to terrorist situations.
Sept. 20, 2013

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