KJZZ News

In Phoenix real estate, zombies start waking up
When the region’s housing market took a nosedive a few years ago, developers abandoned subdivisions that were only partially built. Estimates by the Sonoran Institute put the number of so-called zombie lots in Central Arizona at a staggering one million.
Sept. 20, 2013
Next years ballot may include marijuana measure
 The voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, allows people with a doctor's recommendation to get a state-issued card, to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of pot, every two weeks. Now, Dennis Bohlke is pushing a measure for next year's ballot to make the possession of marijuana legal for all adults.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lindsey Graham: Congress will pass immigration reform
One of the authors of a bipartisan Senate immigration proposal South Carolina's Lindsey Graham says he believes the measure will be approved. “I think we're going to have a political break through, that congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glenn Hamer and Dana Naimark give state lawmakers high marks
The issue of Medicaid expansion made the 2013 legislative session a contentious one, but Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer and Childrens Action Alliance President and CEO Dana Naimark both give the legislature high marks for the expansion, increased funding for Child Protective Services and business-friendly bills.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire managers conducting burnout operations
Fire managers plan to conduct burnout operations Friday afternoon and will work into the night. Residents in the area will not be evacuated. Burnout operations help to create a buffer between the fire and the community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Courts affirmative action decision will not affect Arizona
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting prepared for sizzling Valley temperatures
Valley temperatures are expected to climb to 118 degrees by Saturday.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Waters said the very hot highs may give way to our first dose of monsoon-related humidity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe streetcar feedback deadline
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weekend heat sets energy use record
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
Sept. 20, 2013
Examining the impact of the U.S. Airways-American Airlines merger on Phoenix
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Jonscott Williams and Imani Williams-Vaughn
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire Author In Arizona After Yarnell Hill Fire
Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Ostriches
It’s a bird, no, it’s a dinosaur. Well actually, it’s an ostrich, that is believed to be both. The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at Picacho Peak. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Really, an ostrich? North Carolina paleontologists found that the soft tissue inside the thigh bone of a 65 million year-old unearthed T-Rex skeleton looked identical to that of an ostrich.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legal fight continues over drivers licenses for Dreamers
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are back in court, in an effort to force Arizona to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're authorized to be in the country to get a license.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Public Safety Nabs 60 Pound Heroin Load
State police in Phoenix have seized a load of heroin worth about $1.5 million.  It is the agency’s biggest heroin bust in memory, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves. The largest heroin bust in Arizona DPS memory occured when 60 pounds of the drug were found in three West Phoenix homes.
Sept. 20, 2013
What The Increase In Outlet Malls Means For The Valley Retail Scene
Valley residents now have three times more choices, if they are in the mood for some outlet shopping. Directory for the Phoenix Premium Outlets. (Photo by Mark Brodie-KJZZ) We now have three outlet malls close by, two of which have opened in the last 12 months, and that raises some questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Attached To Jodi Arias Arrested For Threatening 3 People
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New York man for allegedly stalking and threatening two national television commentators and an Arizona woman. 48-year-old David Simpson was arrested in Bath, NY after Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he became attached to convicted murderer Jodi Arias during her trial, and sent tweets to the victims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Third Graders May Be Held Back
Arizona students entering third grade this year are the first group of kids that may be held back because of their reading level. More than 18,000 children are at risk of repeating third grade. For the past three years, the Arizona State Board of Education prepared schools across the state to make sure that children can read at an acceptable level at third grade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economics Professors Take On Sprouts Going Public
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. Sprouts is one of many, many grocery options in the Valley. Tim James, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University said the Phoenix market city, not grocery, is in some ways unique.
Sept. 20, 2013

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