KJZZ News

Power lines in the path of Poco Fire
The Poco fire burning outside of Young, Ariz. doubled in size overnight as firefighters were dealing with gusty winds and high temperatures. And as KJZZ's Terry Ward reports, it has forced the shutdown of power lines in the area.
Sep. 20, 2013
Family of Utah doctor can proceed with lawsuit against feds
The family of a Utah doctor can go forward with parts of a lawsuit claiming federal agents pushed the man to suicide. Dr. James Redd was indicted in 2009 after a sweeping investigation into the looting of Native American artifacts.
Sep. 20, 2013
Passenger train debuts at Sky Harbor
A passenger train made its debut today at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Train, as its called, should begin moving passengers to and from Terminal Four by early next year.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the trains will actually travel over the airport taxiway.
Sep. 20, 2013
Americans as independent voters
Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson explains why he’s an independent and an advocate for open primaries. Johnson says being nonpartisan is a nice system to work under, and people are more diverse and friendly.
Sep. 20, 2013
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Sep. 20, 2013
County offers a
Arizona’s child-restraint law will get tougher next month. But Maricopa County is helping distribute booster seats for people who need them. PETER O’DOWD: Kids younger than 8 years old -- or shorter than 4'9" -- must be in a child restraint when they’re in the car.
Sep. 20, 2013
The psychological impact of wildfires
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Sep. 20, 2013
Kingman private prison escapee appeals convictions
One of the inmates who escaped a private prison near Kingman is set to go before the state Court of Appeals.  John McCluskey was serving 15 years for attempted murder. He and two other inmates broke out of prison in 2010 after his fiancée Casslyn Welch tossed wire cutters over the facility’s fence.
Sep. 20, 2013
New booster seat law to take effect Thursday
Hundreds of new laws will take effect this Thursday in Arizona, and among them is one that will require auto booster seats for kids younger than 8 years old or under 4'9" tall.  Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death of children, and the proper use of a safety seat reduces a child's fatality risk by 71 percent.
Sep. 20, 2013
Plan clears way for increased flights at Davis-Monthan
More training flights will be taking off and landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson. A draft environmental assessment by the Air Force reports that increased flights would not significantly impact the surrounding environment.
Sep. 20, 2013
Valley schools back in session this week
It's back to the classroom for many Arizona school districts this week.Here in the Valley, Tempe and Phoneix Union high school districts begin classes Monday. Mesa and Gilbert Unified get underway on Wednesday.
Sep. 20, 2013
Capital punishment in Arizona
Two experts discuss the legal process behind capital punishment as well as misconceptions and concerns while handling capital trials. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton and Maricopa County public defender Andrew Clemency both agree that capital cases are the most emotionally grueling and drawn-out cases to be involved in.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
Sep. 20, 2013
Flake looking to Arizona?s open senate seat
Congressman Jeff Flake explains why he wants to be an Arizona Senator and which issues are most important to him. Flake, who has served in the House since 2001, says the biggest issue is getting the country’s debt and deficit under control.
Sep. 20, 2013
Make a plan to save some cash
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
Sep. 20, 2013
More on SB 1070 and Open Elections Act
KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block explains the most controversial provision of SB 1070 and debates around the provision. Jim Small, editor at Arizona Capitol Times, explains why the Open Elections/Open Government Act didn’t get on the ballot.
Sep. 20, 2013
The case for Arizona
Arizona continues to face an ongoing drought, but a new paper suggests the state's farming future is important, and can be done more efficiently.Karen Smith, a former Deputy Director at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Water Quality Director at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wrote the paper for the Grand Canyon Institute, at which she's a Fellow.
Sep. 20, 2013
Sedona property rights won
The Arizona Supreme Court won't consider appeals of a ruling stemming from a voter-approved property rights law.Separate appeals were filed by the city of Sedona and a business that owned a luxury home that the city said was a rental property.
Sep. 20, 2013
U.S. Commerce Department promoting cross-border trade
The U.S. Commerce Department has sent a representative to the Southwest to promote cross-border trade with Mexico. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the message is that border states are missing an opportunity.
Sep. 20, 2013
Sky Harbor janitors ask for respect
Janitors who clean Sky Harbor International Airport gathered Tuesday night to protest their working conditions. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the group has tried unsuccessfully to assemble a union.
Sep. 20, 2013

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