KJZZ News

Former Baseball Pitcher And El Paso Native Identified As Drowning Victim
Dive teams continued to search Bartlett Lake Monday for the body of a man went into the water Sunday and never resurfaced. It was not immediately known who the victim was, but today the family of former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Castillo told KVIA El Paso in a statement that it was Castillo who drowned in the lake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Arrest Vandal For Tagging Saguaros
A teenager has been arrested for vandalizing 16 saguaros and spraying dozens of other tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. The black spray paint was discovered along a 3-mile stretch of the Douglas Spring Trail in May.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Gosar Questions Phony Scandals
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar took to the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday to question President Obama's use of the phrase 'phony scandals' to refer to issues like the 'Fast & Furious' gun-walking program and the recent IRS scandal that has plagued his administration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Development Projects Influence The Valley
Tempe is primed for new development projects in and around downtown. The city has long used infill development as a way to boost its tax base, but now some other Valley cities are looking to use the same approach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Presidential Visits Balance Strategy, Message
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Desert Vista High School Tuesday. It is the latest in a series of speeches he jas made around the country about the continued recovery of the U.S. economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On David Cavazos Departure
Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos seemed to take everyone by surprise when he submitted his resignation recently. Cavazos had been on the job for four years after succeeding Frank Fairbanks who by holding the position for 19 years was the longest-serving manager in Phoenix history.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Health Director Requests Financial Statements From Bankrupt Rural/Metro
State Health Director Will Humble wants Rural/Metro to send him financial statements while it seeks bankruptcy protection. He is worried the ambulance and firefighting company might cut expenses that could lead to longer emergency response times.
Sept. 20, 2013
Access To Medical Records Could Boost Patient Engagement, Lower Costs
Managing your personal medical records is a huge question without a clear answer. Some see portability of and easy access to health histories as the key to getting patients more focused on their own well being.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desert Plant Deemed Endangered
A Southwestern shrub is now protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Gierish mallow, found only in Arizona and Utah, is now protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. It's estimated that only 18 groups of mallows remain in the Southwest.
Sept. 20, 2013
Northern Arizona University To Offer New Transcript
Northern Arizona University will offer its students a new type of transcript for the upcoming fall semester. Northern Arizona University's campus at South Mountain Community College. (Photo by Julie Levin-KJZZ) NAU wants to make its students more competitive in the job market, and its new competency report may do that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Appeals Court Rules Thomas, Aubuchon Can Be Sued
A panel of federal appeals judges have ruled that a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a former Maricopa county attorney and a top aide can proceed. That means the county is on the line for any potential damages.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County To Help Inmates Sign Up For Health Insurance
Maricopa County will begin helping inmates sign up for health care insurance when they leave the jail system. It is part of the campaign to get 1 million uninsured people in Arizona coverage next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Search Begins For Cavazos Successor
The Phoenix City Council has voted to begin a national search to find a City Manager. David Cavazos has served as Phoenix City Manager since 2009. He announced early this month that he’s stepping down to take the same position with Santa Ana, Calif.
Sept. 20, 2013
Examining The History Of The Duel In The Desert
School rivalries come in all shapes and sizes. Here in the Valley, it's Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Former Arizona Wildcat sports writer and editor Shane Dale wrote about ASU's battles with U of A in his book "Territorial: The History of the Duel in the Desert.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storm Brings Dust, Rain To Phoenix Area
Much of Phoenix was blanketed by a dust cloud Monday night as a storm blew through the central and western parts of the metro area. Between a quarter and three quarters of an inch of rain fell. Tempe saw downed trees and power lines.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Protesters Demand Higher Fast Food Wages
Protesters in Phoenix Thursday joined groups in dozens of other cities calling for higher fast food wages. A mariachi band plays as protesters hold up signs demanding higher wages for fast food workers in Central Phoenix Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite Law, Few Escorts Register With City
Go to the escort section for Phoenix on backpage.com and you will find a very long list of adult ads. If the escorts advertising there are following the law, each one will be licensed and registered with the city.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wanted: Ferret Spotters
The black footed ferret has been endangered for decades and was twice considered extinct, but it now lives in pockets across the west, thanks to reintroduction efforts and monitoring, and every spring and fall, Arizona Game and Fish looks for volunteer ferret spotters near Seligman.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Electric Looking To Diversify Power Sources
Tucson Electric Power says it is diversifying its energy portfolio, which will mean generating more power from renewable sources.The company says it is attempting to take advantage of low natural gas prices by entering into talks with Entegra Power Group to buy its gas-fired generating unit at the Gila River Generating Station in Gila Bend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Illegal Crossings Increasingly Deadly Along South Texas Border
A costly game of cat and mouse unfolds nightly along the banks of the Rio Grande in South Texas. The number of immigrants crossing illegally there has doubled in the last four years, making it the busiest section along the Southwest border.
Sept. 20, 2013

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