KJZZ News

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.
Jun. 24, 2013
Despite increasing sales, retail jobs decrease
Arizona's retail trade appears to be on the decline.  Department of Economic Security economist Aruna Murthy says it seems like a paradox, that when sales are up, related jobs are down, but she thinks there are good reasons, “We are finding a lot of the stores we go into, they are either having automatic checkouts or they’re hiring fewer people,” Murthy said.
Jun. 24, 2013
Medicaid Expansion may generate job growth in health sector
The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Jun. 24, 2013
Arizona ranks second to last in child well-being
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
Jun. 24, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Patricia Trausch and Patty Trausch
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.
Jun. 24, 2013
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving new budget
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Jun. 24, 2013
Wallenda tightrope walk over Arizona canyon benefits Navajo Nation
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
Jun. 23, 2013
Opponents of Medicaid expansion to start collecting signatures to refer to voters
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
Jun. 22, 2013
Arpaio files appeal in racial profiling case
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers.
Jun. 21, 2013
Prescott Bluegrass Festival still scheduled, despite Doce Fire
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
Jun. 21, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes keep their coach
The Phoenix Coyotes will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three times in his four seasons as coach.
Jun. 21, 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.
Jun. 21, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
Jun. 21, 2013
Robrt Pela: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
Jun. 21, 2013
Arizona gas prices stable at 10 cents below national average
Arizona drivers are seeing some relief at the gas pump, ahead of the Independence Day weekend, as prices stabilized somewhat this week. The statewide average this morning is $3.50 a gallon, up a little more than a penny from a week ago, but still 10 cents below the national average of $3.
Jun. 21, 2013
Marijuana found in fake US Fish and Wildlife Service boxes, two arrested
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
Jun. 21, 2013
Doce Fire containment chances should improve
Crews battling the Doce Fire, west of Prescott, say they have the blaze about 10 percent contained, at nearly 6,400 acres. Incident commander Tony Sciacca said forecasters are predicting a decline in wind speeds near the fire, with an increase in humidity.
Jun. 21, 2013
Grijalva and legislators urge interior secretary to revamp mustang program
Congressman Raúl Grijalva and 29 congressional members sent a letter to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday, asking her to reform the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program.
Jun. 21, 2013

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