Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

If you attended elementary school in Arizona, you probably learned about the “5 Cs of Arizona.” Copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and the climate were considered the building blocks of our state’s early economy. One KJZZ listener wanted to know: just how relevant are they today?
June 3, 2019
This time of year, Arizona and Mexico residents might spy a graceful Lesser Nighthawk hunting insects at dusk. One listener wondered where these birds go for the winter.
June 3, 2019
Arizona law says children must be vaccinated in order to attend school, unless parents or guardians get an exemption because of a personal belief or medical condition.
May 27, 2019
The 2019 monsoon season officially begins June 15, and the Arizona Department of Transportation is beginning their campaign on how to stay safe if a driver is caught in a dust storm.
May 27, 2019
Arizona residents will need to get a new form of state identification if they want to get through TSA checkpoints in 2020. A listener used our Q&AZ submission form to find out how often the new state IDs will have to be renewed.
May 9, 2019
When we talk about traffic in the Valley we often refer to the "Stack" and the "Mini Stack." A listener used our Q&AZ submission form to find out what those terms mean and where in the Phoenix area they are.
May 7, 2019
For Arizona hikers, saguaro cacti are an essential part of a Sonoran Desert trek. But one listener said she sees far more young, "saguaro-like" cacti than true fledgling saguaros on her hikes and wanted to know why.
May 7, 2019
What’s being done to create more reasonably paid jobs for older Arizonans? One KJZZ listener asked and as part of our Q&AZ reporting series. Alex Juarez, with AARP Arizona, says age discrimination is an issue facing many older adults — which is why AARP created an Employer Pledge Program.
May 1, 2019
In the early 1900s the federal government sold off land in large blocks — a homesteader could arrive to find their land was perfect for farming or they arrived to find a mountain. Decades later, that land was still privately held and homes starting popping up on hillsides, prompting high-profile conversations effort in response.
April 29, 2019
Arizona is home to a variety of ecosystems and a wide array of plant life. One listener wanted to know how palms and pine trees – plants from seemingly opposite environments – could both grow in the state.
April 22, 2019
Ten states have beverage container deposit programs, where customers pay 5 to 10 cents per bottle or can and then get the money back for recycling them — but Arizona does not have a program.
March 26, 2019
Arizona has more insect diversity than any other state — including four dozen different species of cicadas. Best known for their loud buzzing in the summer, each species of cicada has their own unique call.
March 18, 2019
Why does Arizona have the longest license renewal period in the country? And what are the impacts? Many people have asked about Arizona driver’s licenses through our Q&AZ project — so we decided to tackle them all.
March 11, 2019
The medical marijuana business in Arizona has grown and changed rapidly since voters approved a medicinal program in 2010. But what hasn't changed are federal laws classifying marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance — considered just as dangerous and illegal as heroin and LSD.
The Debate Over Arizona's Medical Marijuana Extract Law Explained
March 7, 2019
How did Mesa get its name? A listener wanted to know and asked our Q & AZ project, pointing out that the city doesn't appear to be sitting on a mesa or plateau. Jimmy Jenkins from KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau went looking for the city’s namesake with a local historian.
March 4, 2019
Last year, the only state-operated rest stop along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson was closed. A KJZZ listener submitted an inquiry through the Q&AZ reporting project.
March 21, 2019
As Arizona celebrates the Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial, one listener wanted to know more about another of Arizona’s signature features — the Mogollon Rim.
March 4, 2019
Much like human snowbirds, geese flock to Arizona in the winter for warmth. But, also like some snowbirds, some have set up a permanent home here.
Feb. 19, 2019
Fifteen teams have been training in Arizona's Cactus League since 2010, but there have been multiple teams in Arizona since 1947. According to Marshall Trimble, Arizona's state historian, the first team to train in Arizona was the Detroit Tigers in the late 1920s.
Feb. 11, 2019
Phoenix voters approved a transportation tax that went into effect in 2016. Part of that tax money is helping refurbish or replace existing bus stop shelters to make them more hospitable.
Feb. 6, 2019

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