KJZZ News

Stanton Signs Statement Aimed At Efficient And Cost-Effective Water Conservation
Phoenix is one of several cities that are committing to increase water conservation measures.  Mayor Greg Stanton signed a statement on Colorado River Day yesterday, aimed at efficient, cost-effective conservation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Floods In Yavapai County Presented Big Problem Over Weekend
Officials say northern Yavapai County was pelted with four inches of rain in many areas.  Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk says as a result, flooding became a big problem. “Flooding into the Kaibab Estates and Coconino County and into Ashfork itself,” Foulk said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Land In Arizona And New Mexico May Be Given To Endangered Jaguars
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a meeting in Sierra Vista Tuesday to listen to comments from the public on a proposal to set aside more than 1,300 square miles in Arizona and New Mexico for the endangered jaguar, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department does not agree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fees Could Go Up At Two State Parks
The Arizona State Parks want to know what you think about new fees at two parks, Kartchner Caverns and Red Rock State Park. The system has had its share of financial problems as the state went through the economic downturn, and had its budget cut by several million dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Schools Are Making The Grade
Arizona schools are getting better grades. That is according to a report released on Thursday by the state department of education. More schools received  A’s on their annual report card, based on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS test.
Sept. 20, 2013
Parenting College Equips Parents To Prepare Children For School
A Community Education Report said 53 percent of children entering kindergarten in Coconino County are not ready for school, and it said that has significant implications for future educational achievement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storms Most Likely Gone Until Weekend
We're starting a warmer, dryer time of the monsoon, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Valerie Meyers, who says the only real chance of storms Wednesday, is in the higher terrain. But, she says that could change by Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
District 8 Candidates Grapple With Growing The Economy
Three of the seven candidates running for a District 8 Phoenix City Council seat spoke at a KJZZ forum last night.They debated the best way to clean up contaminated land in South Phoenix and how to grow the South Phoenix economy, which historically has had fewer development opportunities.
Sept. 20, 2013
District 2 Candidates Talk Phoenix City Manager Replacement
District 2 incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain talked about the pending departure of Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos at a KJZZ election forum Thursday night. Cavazos will leave Phoenix for the same position in Santa Ana, Calif.
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
Four Arrested For Turning Laser On Police Helicopter
Phoenix police have arrested two men and two women for pointing a laser at a police helicopter.  Officers said the red laser beam was directed at a chopper Sunday night, temporarily blocking the vision of the pilot and observer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Controversy Over Herbergers Art Exhibit Cancellation
"First Friday" has become a major event in Phoenix, when thousands head to galleries mostly in and around downtown to discover new artists and works or just have a good time. For some, First Friday has modified the perception of the Valley as being less than welcoming to non-traditional perspectives on art, but a disagreement between the Herberger Theatre Center and guest curator Robrt Pela, a longtime contributor to KJZZ, occured.
Sept. 20, 2013

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