Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

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
KJZZ listener Chris McCormack was curious to know more about Phoenix’s South Mountain Preserve and asked us to investigate through our reporting project Q&AZ.
Sept. 11, 2018
No, it isn’t Spanish for “arid zone,” and the word either comes from the Tohono O'odham tribe or all the way from Basque country.
Sept. 10, 2018
The Rosy-faced Lovebird is a distinctive green and pink bird often spotted in Phoenix neighborhoods. However, they're not native song birds but parrots originally from southwestern Africa.
Sept. 10, 2018
It’s almost impossible to determine exactly how many single-use plastic straws are used every day, and even harder to determine just how many end up in the ocean.
Sept. 3, 2018
Phoenix’s public transit is a little different than other major cities because you cannot buy a one-way ticket that covers both a bus and light rail ride.
Aug. 27, 2018
Palo verde trees are native to Arizona, so why do they break during monsoon storms? One KJZZ listener said they’ve lost two trees in the past three years, and asked us to look into it. The answer? Treat your palo verde trees like wild plants and they'll be stronger.
Aug. 24, 2018
The waste water from your shower, washing machine and bathrooms sinks is known as “gray water,” and in January the rules on how to reuse this water changed.
Aug. 22, 2018
When you donate to certain charities, you can claim a tax credit on your Arizona tax return. KJZZ listener Willie Leonard was wondering about the impact of those donations — and he asked us to find out via Q&AZ.
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Aug. 22, 2018
While temperatures above 110 raise eyebrows, the highs in Phoenix haven’t changed that much in the last 70 years. However, the nighttime temperatures have increased significantly.
Aug. 20, 2018
Currently, 40 percent of lawmakers in Arizona are female, tying it with Vermont for the highest representation of women at a state Capitol. There have only been 39 female governors in U.S. history, and Arizona has four of them, including the first female governor to succeed another women.
Aug. 20, 2018