KJZZ News

FBI Phoenix Division Helps With Statewide Child Sex Trafficking Sting
The FBI has been conducting a massive child sex trafficking sting across the country over the last few days. Some of the children being victimized were from Phoenix. The enforcement operation involved 47 FBI divisions across the country and led to the recovery of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Large Construction Project In Tempe To Get Underway
Wednesday morning, business and community leaders are set to kick off a major development along the Tempe Town Lake. The 2 million square foot project’s being hailed as the largest office deal in state history.
Sept. 20, 2013
AG Asks Federal Commission To Let Arizona Check Voter Citizenship
Arizona’s Attorney General is asking a federal commission to let state election officials verify the citizenship status of all prospective voters. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot ask voters who register using a federal form to provide proof of citizenship.
Sept. 20, 2013
Different Perspectives On The Valley Metro Bus Driver Strike
The union representing striking bus drivers and the operating company both expressed optimism Friday that they would be able to reach an agreement to end the strike that started Thursday. KJZZ’s Steve Shadley has been out and about, talking to people affected by the strike.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Housing Market In Good Shape Ahead Of President Obamas Speech
President Barack Obama will speak about home ownership Tuesday afternoon at Desert Vista High School in the Valley. His speech will highlight the topic as a, "cornerstone of how we strengthen the middle class," according to a White House press release.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 4
The first KJZZ Town Hall on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Tuesday and focused on the candidates in District 4. The KJZZ Town Hall featuring the Phoenix City Council District 4 candidates.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 2
The final KJZZ Town Hall on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Thursday night and focused on the candidates of District 2. Candidates Virgel Cain and Jim Waring at the District 2 forum. (Photo by Julie Levin - KJZZ) This district spans much of North Phoenix, from Scottsdale Road to the East to Interstate 17 to the West.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prosecutors And Medical Marijuana Advocates Disagree Over Driving Under The Influence
Arizona’s medical marijuana program was approved by the state’s voters in 2010 but took a while to be fully implemented, and it is complicating life for law enforcement. Some prosecutors in the Valley are arguing that any trace of pot in a driver’s blood equals driving under the influence, but Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley said medical marijuana advocates disagree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Valley Broadcast Museum Highlights Industry History
Wallace and Ladmo, Dick Van Dyke, Jack Clifford, Al McCoy. These are the stories and people you can learn about at a broadcasting museum. One of the rooms of the House of Broadcasting museum. It is decked out with equipment and framed photos on the wall.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water Levels In Lakes Mead And Powell Will Be Reduced If Drought Continues, According To Study
There is more proof the region’s stubborn drought is affecting water supplies in Arizona and other western states. A new federal report predicts water levels in Colorado River reservoirs will drop significantly over the next few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Meth Losing Steam To Prescription Pills
Methamphetamine use is down, and so are the negative advertisements. The focus has shifted from meth to prescription pills, according to Glenn Cummings, the west regional director of Outpatient Services for Terros, a Phoenix behavioral health group.
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
Arizona Files Appeal Challenging Federal Aid Denial For Yarnell Hill Fire Victims
Some of Arizona’s most powerful politicians have filed an appeal challenging the federal government’s decision not to grant aid to victims of the Yarnell Hill wildfire.  The governor is sending a letter to President Obama asking for help.
Sept. 20, 2013
To Slash Food Tax In Half, City Asks For Input
Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013

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