KJZZ News

Lowell Observatory
The historic Clark Telescope at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover. A fundraiser for the project successfully wrapped up this week.The telescope has been a familiar site on Flagstaff’s Mars Hill for the past 117 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Craft breweries selling beer aged with Louisville Sluggers
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple baseball bats.
Sept. 20, 2013
New business development for Tempe Town Lake
A major office project near downtown Tempe was announced Friday. The complex is part of a public-private venture and a Fortune 500 corporation will lease the space. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: City of Tempe and Arizona State University officials announced the construction of a $600 million office complex adjacent to the Tempe Town Lake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Butterfly Wonderland opens in the Valley
The Butterfly Wonderland opened over the Memorial Day weekend just outside of Scottsdale on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa reservation. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in the U.S.Mike Fox, Executive Director of Butterfly Wonderland, explained about the butterfly species, the conditions in the pavilion and why people are so drawn to butterflies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio recall effort fails to collect needed signatures
Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have failed in their bid to recall him. The deadline to collect the necessary signatures passed Thursday afternoon. Organizers behind the recall effort aren’t saying how many signatures they did collect, but they told elections officials it fell short of the more than 335,000 needed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Census error forces Yuma budget cut
A mistake in the 2010 U.S. Census is forcing Yuma officials to alter their proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The Yuma Sun reports the Census mistakenly counted the population of a 2,400-inmate state prison as being in Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kavanagh kills
An Arizona bill mandating transgender people use bathrooms designated for their birth sex is dead — for now. Congressman John Kavanagh says the proposed measure could be later revived. The Republican representative decided to drop the so-called bathroom bill saying there are concerns in his caucus about some of his proposal’s definitions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislation would let school boards increase property taxes
The Arizona House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local property taxes.The House voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up from the current limit of up to ten percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Sen. Kyl examines prospects for immigration reform
Recently retired Sen. Jon Kyl, who was one of the leaders in the push for immigration reform in 2007, says the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" is in a much better position to pass reform this year.Kyl said climate for reform is much friendlier.
Sept. 20, 2013
NFL implementing new bag restrictions for games
The National Football League is tightening stadium security this season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The NFL said the restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
Sept. 20, 2013
Counties to get larger share of lottery revenues in new state budget
County elections officials are applauding a sweeping change to Arizona election laws. The measure approved by state lawmakers allows county recorders to remove people who do not regularly show up at the polls from permanent early voting lists.
Sept. 20, 2013
GOP Congress members introduce bill allowing states to verify a voter
Four Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation have introduced a bill that would allow states to verify a voter’s citizenship status.  Tucson Congressman Ron Barber (KJZZ file photo ) It is a reaction to this week’s U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Halfway Fire contained
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Second Reddington Pass Fire sparks stage two fire restrictions
For the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of Reddington, on the Coronado National Forest. Fire information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are in place in all of the National Forests.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley fever not just a human problem
When Suzie Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks. Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT 5-year plan released despite challenges with budget
The Arizona Department of Transportation has approved its 5-year plan which designates road projects to be completed over the next five years. Spokeswoman Laura Douglas says the Transportation Board had several big budget challenges in making its decisions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Official: 19 firefighters killed battling blaze near Prescott
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water usage on Sunday breaks record by 40 million gallons
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday, up from last year's record of 382 million gallons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican volcano spewing ash and rock, affecting air travel
A volcano in Mexico has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
Sept. 20, 2013
DACA Recipients Sue Over Inability To Get Driver?s Licenses
The state of Arizona has retained a former immigration official as an expert in a bid to deny driver’s licenses to ‘dreamers’ eligible for the deferred action program. That program allows children who came to the country illegally to stay in the United States and to work here.
Sept. 20, 2013

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