KJZZ News

Number Of Registered Independent Voters In Arizona Increases
The Secretary of State’s office says Arizona's voter registration numbers have risen by about 2,300 since the last report in April. Spokesman Matt Roberts says the number of non-affiliated voters increased the most, “The two other state-wide major parties have seen either decreases, slight decreases or they’ve gone up and down a little bit, over the last couple years especially,” Roberts said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lightning-Caused Deaths Remind People To Be Cautious In Storms
The deaths of a man and woman, who were struck by lightning at an overlook north of the Grand Canyon this week, was not surprising to meteorologists. The National Weather Service says 14 people have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year with Arizona and Florida leading the country, with three fatalities each.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College On Probation After Investigation
Governing Board members of Pima Community College will have to attend workshops and retreats to learn how to do their jobs, even though most have held office for more than a decade. The Arizona Daily Star reports the college has been put on probation, after a recent investigation found sweeping problems at the school, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices and the mishandling of sexual harassment claims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Havasupai Reservation To Receive Emergency Water After Monsoon Showers
Recent monsoon rain showers have cut off the water supply on the Havasupai reservation. In response, St. Mary’s Food Bank will start shipping water to the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning. St. Mary’s said it is sending 30,000 bottles of water to the Havasupai Nation because torrential rain and flooding have damaged the area’s electrical supply.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday
President Obama will be in Phoenix Tuesday. The president is scheduled to present his plans to help homeowners and people who want to buy homes. This is part of a series of speeches the president is making across the country outlining ideas to boost the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Medical School Has A Unique Approach To Residency Program
A Valley-based medical school is trying to help reduce the shortage of primary care physicians. The new program is taking a unique approach to medical residencies. El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson is taking part in a new residency program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes Get A New Owner And Name
The fourth time is the charm. The Phoenix Coyotes have a new owner. The National Hockey League approved the sale of the team Monday after four years of negotiations involving the city of Glendale, the NHL and several would-be owners.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Officials Stopped $31 Million Of Tax Return Fraud
State officials say they’re becoming pretty proficient at stopping the type of tax fraud that results from the filing of false tax returns.The state tax collecting arm, the Department of Revenue, says it stopped more than $31.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jail Time For Man Convicted In Terrorism Hoax
An Arizona man will spend two weeks behind bars, for his role in a terrorism hoax. A jury had convicted Michael David Turley in June of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression – this after he sent his 16-year old nephew into a busy Northwest Phoenix intersection with a fake grenade launcher in July, 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting Other Perspectives On The Phoenix City Council Election Forums
We spoke with KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd who gave a recap of the KJZZ Town Halls this week. Along with Al Macias, he hosted candidate forums for each of the four contested Phoenix City Council races. You can hear all of the forums in their entirety and check out stories about issues affecting each of those districts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Defense Wants Renzi Conviction Overturned
Federal prosecutors want a judge to reject a former Arizona congressman's appeal on corruption charges. Rick Renzi represented what was then Arizona's first congressional district from 2003 until 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
How The DOJ Lawsuit Against Airline Merger Will Affect Consumers
Tuesday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice and several attorneys general including Arizona's Tom Horne were suing to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways was a huge surprise to most observers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Launches New Storefront Improvement Program
Businesses along Apache Boulevard in Tempe could be getting a facelift. The City of Tempe recently launched a new Storefront Improvement Program. Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said the city will match a business owner up to $100,000 through federal funds for exterior improvements like windows, lighting and paint jobs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican Gray Wolf Dies
Wildlife officials said a Mexican gray wolf has died in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Arizona Game and Fish officials said a field team was trying to fit radio-telemetry collars on some wolves last weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Forest Service Short On Firefighting Funds
The U.S. Forest Service is running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season. The agency is diverting dollars from other departments to meet firefighting needs.The Forest Service has spent nearly a billion dollars fighting fires this year which left it with about $50 million available.
Sept. 20, 2013
Enrollment Increases At ASUs New Lake Havasu Campus
Enrollment has doubled at Arizona State University’s new satellite campus in Lake Havasu City. The college opened a year ago, but ASU plans to add some majors in hopes of attracting more undergraduates.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Mexico Officials Argue Against Deregulation Of Utilities
Some New Mexico officials are urging the Arizona Corporation Commission not to deregulate electricity sales. They contend the decision in Arizona could decimate the New Mexico economy.The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering deregulating the state's electric market.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Solar Energy Cheap As Natural Gas By 2025
A solar power KJZZ file photo. (Photo courtesy of KJZZ File Footage) By Courtney Flatt and KJZZ NewsA new Department of Energy study predicts Arizona will use more energy per capita than any other western state by 2025.
Sept. 20, 2013
Funding Phoenixs Historic Preservation Office
Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Office is running short on cash. Voters in 2006 approved a $13 million bond, but that money was only supposed to last five years, and it appears unlikely the issue will be back on the ballot anytime soon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rattlesnake Birthing Season Prompts Warnings About Increased Potential For Snake Bites
Eight people were bitten by rattlesnakes in the Tucson area over the weekend.  It is the time of year when rattlers give birth, and that has prompted officials to issue a warning about increased snake activity.
Sept. 20, 2013

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