Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

“Why does the state give me my money back when I make a donation to a private school? The state’s money should go back to the public schools.” Chris W. from Scottsdale asked us this question through Q&AZ.
Jan. 7, 2019
The Sonoran-native shrub grows leaves four to five times a year. While often used as an ornamental plant, Native Americans have used the ocotillo for its practical purposes.
Dec. 31, 2018
About one third of Arizona’s housing stock is in a community association, which means almost two million Arizonans are connected a home-owners or condominium association.
Dec. 31, 2018
Phoenix is known for its scenic mountains and unusual weather. One listener wanted to know more about these features and how they relate to one another. The answer to this Q&AZ question explores on the geology, geography and prehistory of the Valley of the Sun.
Nov. 26, 2018
Arizona has the second largest number of bat species in the United States, behind Texas. A KJZZ listener remembered seeing these flying mammals on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus and asked about their fate via Q&AZ.
Nov. 24, 2018
For decades, there has been talk of a rail service linking Arizona’s two biggest cities. But will it ever happen? KJZZ listener Liana Garcia asked that via our Q&AZ reporting project.
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Nov. 23, 2018
Have you ever wondered why Interstate 17, which does not go beyond the state of Arizona, is called an interstate… and not a state route? Well, Brian Joseph Lesinski did and KJZZs Kathy Ritchie found an answer.
Nov. 22, 2018
There are 13 species of rattlesnakes in Arizona, so it’s impossible to cover every deviation in a single saying.
Nov. 5, 2018
So you’ve finished a can of soda, a bottle of wine or maybe a box of cereal. You toss it in the recycling bin and put it outside to get picked up. But what happens to your recyclables once they leave the house? One listener wanted to know, and KJZZ investigated as part of the Q&AZ reporting project.
Nov. 5, 2018
A 2015 Arizona law bans cities from requiring apartment and condo complexes to recycle. ADEQ doesn’t track the percentage of apartments and condos that don’t offer recycling, but they do know the impact.
Oct. 17, 2018
Over enthusiastic recyclers can actually hurt recycling efforts, so residents should check with their local municipality for drop-off locations.
Oct. 19, 2018
Laurie Jackson, Susie Karsky and Stacey Anderson all had questions about how Arizona recognizes and remembers the Japanese internment camps located here in the 1940s.
Oct. 10, 2018
As Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport moves forward with plans to demolish Terminal 2, listener Corrine Wilson asked if a historic mural will be saved.
Oct. 8, 2018
It’s very rare to find a home in Arizona with a basement, and multiple KJZZ listeners asked why through our Q&AZ reporting project. There’s three main reasons: regulations, soil and cost.
Oct. 8, 2018
Gas stations pumps across the United States used to have rubber boots on the nozzles. KJZZ listener Tom Kovacevich noticed the absence and asked about it via Q&AZ. In 2012, the EPA issued updated rulings on vapor recovery devices, calling the rubber boots redundant.
Oct. 2, 2018
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company came to Arizona to grow its own long staple cotton, which was more difficult to get in the late 1910s.
Oct. 30, 2018
Ninety-one percent of the $2,344,672,606 spent by the The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment system in fiscal year 2017 went to programs connected to Medicaid and KidsCare, the state’s health insurance program for low-income children.
Sept. 21, 2018
Arizona is a commuter state, as only 39.7 percent of residents in 2017 were born in the state, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
Sept. 19, 2018
Oak Creek Canyon is known for its scenic hikes, but this summer thousands of trees turned brown. The U.S. Forest Service says the alder flea beetle is to blame.
Oct. 1, 2018
It's an intense process that involves trucks, closed roads and even completely dismantling entire buildings — but the United States is really good at it.
Sept. 17, 2018