KJZZ News

New U.S. Attorney staying away from MCSO investigations
John Leonardo, who was sworn in last month as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, says he won’t take part in any criminal investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County trying to lure forensic pathologists
Maricopa County has lost about a third of its forensic pathologists in the last four years. As KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the shortage is a national problem.The county is trying to lure doctors specializing in forensic pathology to its understaffed medical examiner's office.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer: Akin comments a little bit outrageous, but doesnt call on candidate to drop out of race
Governor Jan Brewer criticized comments made by Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Todd Akin about rape, but stopped short of joining other Republican officials in calling for him to drop out of the race. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale sales tax hike ruling could come Friday
The Arizona Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday over whether an initiative that aims to reverse a sales tax increase by the City of Glendale can appear on the November ballot.  Members of the group Save Glendale Now.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona cities among safest for drivers
Drivers in several Arizona cities are considered among the safest in the country, according to a new report. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.  MARK BRODIE: Allstate Insurance Company’s annual “Best Drivers Report” lists Phoenix as the safest city with more than a million residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open primary goes back to court
Paul Johnson, Chairman of the Open Elections/Open Government initiative, talks about legal efforts to get the proposition on November's ballot.Johnson says the Maricopa County Elections Department was wrong when it decided initiative supporters didn't turn in enough valid petition signatures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Investigation finds thousands of Arizona students misidentified as Proficient in English
The Education Department is requiring the state of Arizona to offer language instruction to tens of thousands of students who are not proficient in English.A federal civil rights investigation found that 42,000 students were misidentified as "Proficient in English.
Sept. 20, 2013
David Anthony sentenced to death on three murder counts
A jury has sentenced twice-convicted murderer David Lamar Anthony  to death.  Anthony had been convicted and sent to death row for the 2001 murders of his wife, Donna Anthony, and his two stepchildren.
Sept. 20, 2013
SRP makes small change to proposed rate hike
Salt River Project has reduced the amount of its proposed electricity rate hike, but only by one dollar.  From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.The Tempe-based public utility announced in July it would pursue a rate increase that would raise the average household's monthly bill by about $7 dollars to nearly $139 dollars on average.
Sept. 20, 2013
Can Phoenix change its car culture?
Light rail has expanded transportation options for Valley residents, and it’s also seen as a economic boon for some cities and neighborhoods. But when people think about how we get around this area, you still hear the phrase ‘car culture.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diplomatic plates may not have been factor in Mexico shooting
Mexican federal police involved in the shooting of two American agents last month may not have noticed that car’s U.S. diplomatic plates. In late August, two reported employees of the CIA were in a bulletproof SUV, speeding along a rural road in Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix lags in household income, health insurance, preschool attendance
Data just released from the U.S. Census Bureaus shows that the median Phoenix income in 2011 was less than the national figure. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the latest results from the American Community Survey.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Secretary of State accuses nine people of double voting in 2008
Arizona’s Secretary of State marked National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday by announcing outreach efforts and alleged voter fraud.  Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett outside the Catholic Charities office near 19th Avenue and Northern.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rate increase ahead for SRP customers
Nearly 1 million SRP customers can expect slightly higher bills starting in November. The utility company’s board of directors unanimously approved a 3.9 percent rate increase Thursday. It'll average just over $6 dollars per month for residential customers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona group prints Spanish-language guide to ballot measures
An advocacy group is out with a Spanish-language guide to the ballot measures Arizona voters will decide next month. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports from Phoenix, the group is trying to get minority voters to cast their ballots on the nine questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary Napolitano to visit Arizona
From the KJZZ newsroom, I’m Steve Goldstein. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in Arizona today to express her condolences to the family of Nicholas Ivie, the U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed this week just north of the Arizona-Mexico border.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Out Of The Union: Arizona and the final showdown over the American dream
Arizona has received an inordinate share of national headlines in recent years, many related to SB1070, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former State Senator Russell Pearce. In his new book, State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, author Jeff Biggers argues that the negative perception of Arizona is simplistic and doesn't take into account the state's bipartisan and progressive history.
Sept. 20, 2013
University of Arizona to study effects of biodiesel-blend fuels
The U of A has received a federal grant to study the relationship between the exposure to and health effects of the use of underground mining equipment using diesel and biodiesel-blend fuels. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Arizona Rep. Bill Konopnicki Dies
Former Arizona lawmaker Bill Konopnicki has died. The Republican from Safford served in the state House of Representatives for eight years, but had been in declining health. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ryan Randazzo on the Arizona Corporation Commission
The Arizona Corporation Commission is probably the most important group of elected officials you don't pay enough attention to. Six major party candidates are running for three commission seats. Three of the six are incumbents: two Democrats and one Republican.
Sept. 20, 2013

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