KJZZ News

Jails in Yavapai County to begin scanning inmates irises
Yavapai County is rolling out some new technology to keep track of inmates. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is installing equipment to identify prisoners by scanning their irises. The technology will replace fingerprint identification at the Camp Verde and Prescott jails.
Sept. 20, 2013
Presumptive U of A President to be in Tucson
The likely next president of the University of Arizona will be in Tucson on Monday, to meet with members of the community. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart will be in Tucson for about two and a half days.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate approves renewal process for public employee union dues
The state senate passed a bill that forces members of public employee union to annually request union dues be deducted from their paychecks. Supporters argue government shouldn’t be in the business of collecting union dues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paul Babeu denies he made threats and declares homosexuality
Last week the Phoenix New Times released a story about Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threatening his Hispanic ex-lover with deportation if he made their relationship public. Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School, talks about the media’s responsibilities when reporting on the personal lives of elected officials.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix mayor to visit Mexico
Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton is headed to Mexico this week. He and city manager David Cavazos are the only two American officials invited to speak to Mexico’s annual Conference of Municipalities. Stanton and Cavazos will speak about long-term planning and financial management at the city level.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of The Pillowman
Theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Desert Stages Theatre’s production of The Pillowman. Desert Stages Theatre’s artistic director Terry Helland is clearly mad. Onto the tiny black box stage of his Actor’s Café, he continues to wedge dark, offbeat plays that no doubt strike terror in the hearts of the mainstream theatergoers who turn up in droves for the more bland fare on the playhouse’s main stage.
Sept. 20, 2013
Online retail tax fight heats up on Arizona returns
If you live in Arizona, you better start saving your receipts. A new line on the state's tax return is asking people how much shopping they've done out of state. The idea was to recoup millions in lost revenue from online retailers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effects of solar flare could be seen Thursday
Some communications could be interrupted by the largest solar flare in five years races toward Earth. As KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports from Phoenix, the flares have the potential to disrupt power grids, global positioning systems and airplane flights.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign launched to make temporary tax increase permanent
Ann-Eve Pedersen, chair of the Quality Education and Job Acts Ballot committee and Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, talk about the possibility of making the 2010 sales tax increase permanent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Redistricting commission poised to get $700,000
The Arizona House of Representatives is poised to give the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission less than what it had originally asked for…but more than what the Senate had proposed. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bus strike prompts additional union-related legislation
A recent strike by Phoenix and Tempe bus drivers against their employer, Veolia Transportation, may come back to haunt them.  A six-day strike by more than 900 drivers caused major service disruptions for thousands of people who rely on public transit to get to work, school, or appointments.
Sept. 20, 2013
Its spring, but grounds crew at Maryvale isnt in training
This is the last week for the annual ritual of spring training baseball in Arizona. Fifteen major league teams and hundreds of players are prepping for the upcoming season.  While fans relax in the stands watching the players, there’s another team working from sun-up to sundown that most fans never notice.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wrong-way Arizona driver causes trouble in Oregon
An elderly Yuma driver disrupted traffic on an Oregon freeway for nearly half an hour Wednesday afternoon. Oregon State police say the motorist drove the wrong way on Hiway 97 north of Klamath Falls forcing more than a dozen cars off the road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Groups target the Latino vote through environmental issues
Outreach efforts to potential Latino voters now include a non-traditional theme, concern about the environment. Traditional messages aimed at Latinos have focused on immigration, education and the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ tuition rates stay mainly flat
The Arizona Board of Regents has voted to keep tuition flat for many in-state undergrads at state universities. This is the first time since 1992 those students haven’t faced a tuition increase. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Auto glass legislation opens competition, but could cost jobs
Until a rock hits your windshield, auto glass is something most of you probably never worry about. But a bill pending at the state capitol could affect who repairs your windshield and how much it will cost you.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Education allegedly investigating Maricopa Community Colleges
The U.S. Education Department has requested information from the Maricopa County Community College District, and a civil rights organization says the District’s practices are under investigation. The Civil Rights Center is a Phoenix-based non-profit.
Sept. 20, 2013
Herb Paine: Deep in the heart of taxes
I put the finishing touches on my tax return.I did everything the law allows to minimize my tax liability. Herb Paine (Courtesy photo)Paradoxically, the system is designed for me to cut corners on my obligation to the country while my country desperately needs more of my money to finance the things we all need.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways makes deals with American Airlines unions
DALLAS (Associated Press) — Tempe-based US Airways has struck deals with unions at American Airlines to win their support for a possible merger with American, which has angered the unions by trying to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy protection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: Sentencing laws may have prevented a million crimes
A new report by a state prosecutors’ organization suggests truth-in-sentencing laws have prevented crime and saved taxpayer money.  But sentencing reform advocates say other factors have also played a role.
Sept. 20, 2013

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