KJZZ News

Two Mesa flight instructors, pilots help small plane with landing gear failure
Two Mesa helicopter pilots are being credited with helping the pilot of a small plane, after his landing gear failed. Officer Darren Rigsby said he and his partner, both of whom are flight instructors, were in the area when they found out about the mechanical problems with the 1970 Cessna.
Sept. 20, 2013
8 Hospitalized For Heat Illness After Paying To Be Transported To Phoenix By U-Haul
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said eight suspected undocumented immigrants have been hospitalized after being found in the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station northwest of Tucson. Chief Deputy Steve Henry said each of them had paid $5,000 to be transported from Douglas to Phoenix, but that it was just too hot inside the truck.
Sept. 20, 2013
An Update On Yarnell Residents
On Tuesday, a memorial service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and other diginitaries paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed by the out of control blaze. Less than two weeks after that tragedy, residents are returning home and trying to get back to what had been normal life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Celebrating This American Lifes 500th Episode
KJZZ will air the 500th episode of This American Life at 2 p.m. Saturday. To mark the occasion, host Ira Glass created a list of his favorite epidodes.   Ira Glass hosts the 500th episode of This American Life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Another arrested on suspicion of looting evacuated Yarnell homes
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says a third accused looter is under arrest for stealing items from homes that were evacuated as a result of the Yarnell hill fire. Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says 22-year-old Thomas Adams was found with a gun taken from a Yarnell home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Changes To Phoenix Police Department Leadership
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has made some changes to the department’s leadership. A few were promoted, while others were demoted. With more on the story is Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley, who wrote about it in Wednesday morning’s paper and online at Azcentral.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Picacho Pass Housed A Civil War Skirmish
Battles were fought across the country during the U.S. Civil War more than 150 years ago. A few of those battles were fought right here in Arizona. Picacho Peak as it is today. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks) As a matter of fact the farthest west civil war conflict was near Picacho Peak, the summit that sits 50 miles north of Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ariz. Lawmakers Divided On ?Stand Your Ground? Law
Some state lawmakers say they're willing to take another look at Arizona's 'stand your ground law' in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and trial in Florida, but there's deep division over whether any changes are needed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why Arizonas Election And Campaign Season Seems Longer
Whether we like it or not, most of us have had to get used to members of the U.S. House on the almost-constant treadmill of raising money and running for reelection, thanks to their two year terms and the desire to keep going back to Washington.
Sept. 20, 2013
Average Arizona Gas Price Rises To $3.58
Gas prices are up slightly in Arizona from a week ago. The statewide average jumped 2 cents from last Friday to $3.58 a gallon. But, Stephanie Dembowski of AAA Arizona says that's a lot less than last week's dime increase.
Sept. 20, 2013
FBI Phoenix Division Helps With Statewide Child Sex Trafficking Sting
The FBI has been conducting a massive child sex trafficking sting across the country over the last few days. Some of the children being victimized were from Phoenix. The enforcement operation involved 47 FBI divisions across the country and led to the recovery of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Arrest Vandal For Tagging Saguaros
A teenager has been arrested for vandalizing 16 saguaros and spraying dozens of other tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. The black spray paint was discovered along a 3-mile stretch of the Douglas Spring Trail in May.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Gosar Questions Phony Scandals
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar took to the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday to question President Obama's use of the phrase 'phony scandals' to refer to issues like the 'Fast & Furious' gun-walking program and the recent IRS scandal that has plagued his administration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Development Projects Influence The Valley
Tempe is primed for new development projects in and around downtown. The city has long used infill development as a way to boost its tax base, but now some other Valley cities are looking to use the same approach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Presidential Visits Balance Strategy, Message
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Desert Vista High School Tuesday. It is the latest in a series of speeches he jas made around the country about the continued recovery of the U.S. economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On David Cavazos Departure
Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos seemed to take everyone by surprise when he submitted his resignation recently. Cavazos had been on the job for four years after succeeding Frank Fairbanks who by holding the position for 19 years was the longest-serving manager in Phoenix history.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Health Director Requests Financial Statements From Bankrupt Rural/Metro
State Health Director Will Humble wants Rural/Metro to send him financial statements while it seeks bankruptcy protection. He is worried the ambulance and firefighting company might cut expenses that could lead to longer emergency response times.
Sept. 20, 2013
Access To Medical Records Could Boost Patient Engagement, Lower Costs
Managing your personal medical records is a huge question without a clear answer. Some see portability of and easy access to health histories as the key to getting patients more focused on their own well being.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desert Plant Deemed Endangered
A Southwestern shrub is now protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Gierish mallow, found only in Arizona and Utah, is now protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. It's estimated that only 18 groups of mallows remain in the Southwest.
Sept. 20, 2013
Northern Arizona University To Offer New Transcript
Northern Arizona University will offer its students a new type of transcript for the upcoming fall semester. Northern Arizona University's campus at South Mountain Community College. (Photo by Julie Levin-KJZZ) NAU wants to make its students more competitive in the job market, and its new competency report may do that.
Sept. 20, 2013

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