KJZZ News

Loop 101 Widening Project To Begin Next Summer
If you drive the Loop 101 Pima Freeway north of the Red Mountain part of the Loop 202 very often, you know traffic many times becomes bogged down there. There is relief on the way. But, just like a freeway back-up, it is going to take a while.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amendment To Farm Bill May Eradicate Animal Fighting
Debate continues this week in Washington over the 2013 Farm bill. One of the amendments being considered would eliminate a loophole in the current federal animal fighting law. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society is a strong supporter of the amendment, saying along with Arizona's 1998 ban on cockfighting, it would "eradicate illegal animal fighting once and for all" in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
NY Man Confesses To Tweeting Threats At CNN Anchors And Phoenix Woman
The New York man who has been indicted for threatening to kill two CNN anchors has allegedly confessed to tweeting about the plots to kill Jane Valez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says David Simpson's car had been packed with guns, zip ties and a knife, and he was ready to leave New York for Georgia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grenade Found In Donation Box Brought To Fire Station
A box of items donated to the Kiwanis Club in Carefree became a problem Saturday, when a grenade was found inside. The donation was brought to a fire station and Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says deputies took it from there.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro Bus Drivers Could Strike
Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro System management team continue labor negotiations through Wednesday.The two groups have been in talks this entire month. The temporary contract bus drivers have been working with expires Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Neighbors Fight To Save Ahwatukee Golf Course
Phoenix area golf courses are facing an uncertain future. As a part of KJZZ's "Phoenix Votes" series on the Phoenix City Council election, we have a report about a dispute over a neighborhood golf course in the sixth district that has people wondering what the city should do about courses in financial trouble.
Sept. 20, 2013
Abortions Have Decreased In Arizona According To Annual Report
State health officials said the number of abortions performed in Arizona was down 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health Services said 13,340 elective abortions were reported last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways And American Airlines Merger Approved By European Union Commission
The European Union Commission has approved the proposed merger of Tempe-based US Airways with the parent of American Airlines, AMR Corporation, but it will cost the new American one slot at London's Heathrow airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawsuit Attempts To Get EPA To Re-evaluate Pesticide Effects On Kids
The Environmental Protection Agency has been hit with a lawsuit over claims it is failing to protect children from crop-dusting pesticide drift. Linda Wells of the Pesticide Action Network says the suit is an effort to get the EPA to re-evaluate the potential harm to kids, especially in rural America.
Sept. 20, 2013
Helping Homes And Home Buyers In South Phoenix
We finish our “Phoenix Votes” series with a look at housing in District 8. Stephanie Reynolds poses with her youngest children, Sam and Monika, outside their new home, purchased with the help of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Exhibit Explores The Art Of Video Games
Have you ever had the experience in a museum, where you see something on the wall, and it instantly puts you in a place? Where you can see and smell and just feel it? Super Mario World, 1991. Hiroshi Yamauchi, executive producer; Shigeru Miyamoto, producer; Takashi Tezuka, lead director.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator McCain Disagrees With FEMAs Denial Of Yarnell Fire Aid
Senator John McCain told business leaders in downtown Phoenix Monday that he disagrees with the federal government’s decision to reject disaster relief aid for the Yarnell Hill Fire. Senator John McCain shakes hands with Debbie Johnson, president of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Republican Party Forms Redistricting Committee
From statehood in 1912 until 2000, Arizona’s Legislature was in charge of drawing legislative and congressional districts, but in the 2000 election, apparently in a bid to lessen the influence of politics on the process, voters passed Proposition 106, which created the five-member Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds Lawsuit Challenging Airline Merger May Not Go To Trial
It has not been the best week ever for American Airlines and US Airways. A federal bankruptcy judge said he is not sure he can approve American’s plan to come out of bankruptcy protection after the federal government and a handful of states including Arizona filed suit, challenging the carrier’s merger with Tempe-based US Airways.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Prepare To Sign Up For Health Care Expansion Under Federal And State Programs
About 1 million people in Arizona could get health insurance next year.  The long awaited Affordable Health Care Act will not start providing benefits until January, but you can start signing up for a plan this fall.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Citizens Clean Elections Commissions New Executive Director
When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recovery Efforts Continue In Yarnell
The Yarnell Hill Fire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters June 30, but it also devastated the little town of Yarnell. It will cost an estimated $6 million to rebuild homes and businesses. Still, that wasn’t enough to qualify for Federal Emergency Management Assistance funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desert Crosses Memorialize Deceased Border Crossers, Work As GPS To Aid In Rescues
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has erected its first cross marking the death of an illegal border crosser, since announcing an effort to put the GPS markers along I-8 just over a week ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
GAO Study: No Measure Of Aircraft Effectiveness Against Wildfires
Despite years of using private aircraft to fight forest fires, the Forest Service and Interior Department do not know how effective the aircraft are against wildfires. That is one of the findings from a study by the Government Accountability Office.
Sept. 20, 2013
Canyon Lake To Have Low Water Levels This Weekend
An update to a story we reported on earlier, the Salt River Project said Canyon Lake will be lowered over the weekend. SRP told KJZZ earlier that the lake would be closed, however it is still open to visitors.
Sept. 20, 2013

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