KJZZ News

Measuring the impact of drought on wildfires
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
Sept. 20, 2013
Evacuated residents allowed to return home near Dean Peak wildfire at Kingman
Residents evacuated from more than 300 homes and businesses in communities near Kingman have been allowed to return to their property Sunday. They were forced to flee last week because of the “Dean Peak” wildfire that sparked during a lightning storm in the Hualapai Mountains.
Sept. 20, 2013
Long-Lost Snake Species Found
The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix And Tucson Lead National Economic Growth In Brookings Institute Survey
Phoenix and Tucson rank very high in a new national forecast for economic growth. The Brookings Institute report said Phoenix took first place and Tucson second for job creation among the top 100 cities during the first quarter of 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Is Limited Health Care Better Than No Health Care?
We wanted to talk some more about the continued growth of health clinics like the ones at Walgreens and the impact that may have on health care in the U.S. We turned to Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Forest Stewards Begin Monitoring Arizona Wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Season Means A Smaller Possibility of Wildfires
The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
Sept. 20, 2013
Extra Storm Clean Up Saturday In Ahwatukee
Extra clean up crews will be on the streets of Ahwatukee Saturday. They will be out there for several more days cleaning up the mess left behind by a storm earlier this week. So far city crews have removed more than 100 tons of trees, branches, leaves and other green waste as well as another three tons of debris.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rare Bird Spotted In Southwest
There is a frenzy erupting in the birding world over a colorful, chicken-sized bird not usually seen in the Southwest.  The Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail is typically found along the coasts and in the tropical forests of Central and South America, but for the first time, it has been spotted in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Wetlands Exist In Arizona
There are two wetlands in Arizona. These are homes to wildlife and unique species of birds and mammals. Tres Rios is a filtration system. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Did You Know, some wetlands are man-made? At a place 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, a wetland restoration effort has been in the works for more than a decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cardinals Opening Training Day Brings New Location, New Security Policies
A new location and new policies were part of opening training day for the Arizona Cardinals Friday.  The team will now be practicing at the University of Phoenix Stadium instead of at NAU. (Photo by Sarah Beckman-KJZZ) For 25 years the Cardinals trained at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, but now the team will practice where it plays its regular season games, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Toll Road Opponents Launch Petition Drive
Toll road opponents launched a petition drive Monday to prevent what they say would be motorists paying twice to drive on the same highway. Al Tracy said building new toll roads is one thing, but converting high occupancy vehicle lanes into toll lanes on Valley highways is another.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Woman First To Die From West Nile This Year
An elderly woman with underlying health issues is the first person in Maricopa County to have died this year from the West Nile virus. Maricopa County Health Director Bob England said the woman's death is a sad reminder of the seriousness of West Nile virus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sprouts Farmers Markets Proves Popular On First Day Of Public Trading
Shares of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Markets more than doubled in value on their first day of public trading. The company’s ticker symbol SFM opened trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange at $18 a share.
Sept. 20, 2013
PUHSD Enrollment Increases
School Valley districts begin classes this week. One is the Phoenix Union High School District which is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. District spokesman Craig Pletenik said that could make overcrowding an issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Childhood Obesity Drops in 19 States - But Not Arizona
Researchers say the rates of childhood obesity have declined in 19 states – but Arizona is not one of them. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said between 2008-2011, states including California, New Mexico, Florida, Washington and 15 others saw slight decreases in their childhood obesity rates.
Sept. 20, 2013
David Cavazos Officially Gets The Santa Ana Job
Phoenix city manager David Cavazos has officially been hired by the city of Santa Ana, Calif. The council approved his contract earlier this week. Cavazos' base salary as the city manager for Santa Ana will be the same as his Phoenix salary, $315,000 annually, but when you add in benefits, his total compensation will be more than $558,000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former US Airways Employee Charged With Drug Trafficking
A US Airways employee and a man with alleged ties to a Domincan Republic drug-trafficking operation have been charged with smuggling cocaine into the United States through Philadelphia International Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain Says A Balance Is Needed Between Preserving US Capabilities And American Privacy
President Obama has announced he wants to reform the government surveillance program. It's a program congressman Pete King has called "a monumental failure of wartime leadership." On Fox News, Sunday, Arizona Senator John McCain said the case of NSA leaker Eric Snowden is an indicator of the relationship between the United States and Russia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist Criticizes Airline Merger Lawsuit
Arizona State University W.P. Carey School Economics Professor Robert Mittelstaedt is criticizing Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s decision to join the United States Department of Justice in stopping the merger of Tempe-based US Airways and American Airlines.
Sept. 20, 2013

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