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Father, sons suspected in shooting of ICE agent
A father and two of his sons are believed to have shot a federal agent in Texas. Pedro Alvarado and his son, 18-year-old Arnoldo, are charged with shooting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was monitoring a possible drug deal Tuesday in Hidalgo County, near the Mexican border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Construction of Chicago Cubs stadium begins in Mesa
The construction of the new Chicago Cubs spring training stadium is underway. On Wednesday, the City of Mesa hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with local dignitaries and the Cubs franchise.Dignitaries from the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs broke ground on the new Cubs spring training complex in Mesa on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Deadline nears for advocates to block show me your papers
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's immigration law means police there will soon be required to check immigration status if they suspect illegal presence, unless litigants in a parallel lawsuit block that from happening.
Sept. 20, 2013
The American Community Survey stirs up controversy
Every 10 years the Census Bureau conducts a nationwide count of the U.S. population. The last complete count was completed two years ago, but now another annual survey from the Census Bureau is causing controversy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Elderly man dies of West Nile Virus
Maricopa County Public Health officials have confirmed the county’s first West Nile death of the year. The victim was an elderly man who had other health complications. West Nile Virus only causes symptoms in about 20 percent of people who get infected.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latino protesters march against racial profiling
Hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Phoenix on Sunday against Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070. As KJZZ's Mark Moran reports, some Latinos in the group say they're being racially profiled.  The U.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Valley?s wet monsoon season
An expert talks about the unpredictability of Arizona’s monsoon season, and explains why this year’s monsoon season is wetter than last year’s. Randy Cerveny, professor of Geological Science at Arizona State University, says the wetness of a monsoon season depends on how early heating over the desert occurs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Drought blamed for wild horse deaths on Navajo Nation
Wild horses on the drought-stricken Navajo Nation are fighting for their lives. Navajo Nation officials say lack of rainfall and high heat are drying up watering holes and leaving others with harmfully high levels of salt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Attorney wants to see medical marijuana in court
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he’s eager to put Arizona’s medical marijuana law in front of a judge, as defendant or plaintiff. Last year, Montgomery warned county employees not to process any zoning or permit applications for marijuana dispensaries, because the businesses would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Supreme Court scheduled to rule on death sentence appeal
The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule today on the appeal of Isiah Patterson. Patterson was sentenced to death in 2009 in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Mesa. A jury convicted Patterson of first-degree murder, and they found the 2006 killing was especially cruel and that there were no circumstances warranting a lenient sentence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa installs electric car chargers
DENNIS LAMBERT: We’ve been reporting all week on the impact of climate change in the Southwest. One way the City of Mesa is responding is by installing electric vehicle charging stations at the Art Center, the Main Public Library and the Convention Center.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Supervisors vote to keep current property tax rate
Homeowners in Maricopa County might see their property taxes drop by up to $20, and that means less money for the county.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to keep the current property tax rate.
Sept. 20, 2013
What makes a protest successful?
Three experts discuss why people protest and how the successes of protests are measured. Tom Jenney, the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity, and his fellow demonstrator. (Photo by Tracy Greer - KJZZ)Tom Jenney is the Arizona director of Americans for Prosperity, a group which organizes grassroots support for various causes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Justice sending election observers into Maricopa County
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will monitor polling places in Maricopa County for discrimination during Tuesday’s primary election.  Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Justice Department is authorized to send federal observers into certain jurisdictions -- including Arizona -- to monitor polling locations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Russell Pearce loses comeback bid
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has defeated former State Senate President Russell Pearce in the GOP primary by a large margin. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Worsley says he’s not surprised by the margin of the win -- he says internal polls showed him up by as much as 15 percent against the man behind Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign signs to be removed by Sept. 12
After last week’s primary election there were winners and losers. The winners move on, the rest clean up and state law says they have to do it quickly. Campaign signs in Phoenix (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ)By September 12 political candidates not moving on to the general election must remove their campaign signs from the public rights of way.
Sept. 20, 2013
City of Phoenix golf courses face budget deficit
Phoenix’s city golf courses are in a serious financial hole, according to a new study. There are several possible solutions, and the city is looking for the public’s input.  Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, one of the city's eight municipal courses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: Legalizing Arizonas undocumented workers would be economic boon
A recent report from a left-leaning think tank looks at the potential impact on Arizona’s economy of legalizing or deporting undocumented workers. As of 2010, there were an estimated 211,000 undocumented immigrants working in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Attorney: Wisneski likely wont go to jail for Fiesta Bowl fiasco
Former Fiesta Bowl chief operating officer Natalie Wisneski likely won't receive jail time for her involvement in an illegal campaign-contribution scheme, the U-S Attorney's Office announced Monday. Wisneski faced up to one year in jail for her felony conspiracy charge, but may instead receive probation because she is cooperating with authorities.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Police to look for booster seat law violators
The Tempe Police Department will be looking for violators of Arizona’s new booster seat law, starting this Sunday. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Kids between 5 and 8 years old, and shorter than 4'9" now have to be in child restraint seats in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013

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