KJZZ News

Early voting sets record in Maricopa County
The number of people voting early in Maricopa County continues to increase.  Early voting ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Elections officials say more than 400,00 early ballots had been returned as of mid-day Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
20-week abortion ban heads to appeals court
An Arizona law that criminalizes providing an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy will go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals next week in San Francisco. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
$500,000 worth of marijuana seized
Authorities in Pinal County have found hundreds of pounds of abandoned drugs in a stretch of desert along Interstate 8. A vehicle reported stolen from Phoenix was discovered Tuesday with more than a half ton of marijuana inside.
Sept. 20, 2013
Historic Latino voter turnout shapes elections
As post-election analysis continues, the role of Latino voters has gotten much attention. As Peter O’Dowd reports, community leaders are now talking about what that means for the future.PETER O’DOWD: According to a poll taken just before the election, Latino Decisions says Mitt Romney would have won the popular vote if he had captured just 35 percent of the Latino electorate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Concerns about Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational marijuana use
Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Floodgates open into Grand Canyon on Monday
For the first time in four years, the federal government will simulate a flood in the Grand Canyon. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg has more.Earlier this year, the Department of the Interior announced a plan to release water from the Glen Canyon Dam into Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon.
Sept. 20, 2013
The politics of redistricting in Arizona
Democratic consultant Barry Dill of First Strategic and Republican strategist Jaime Molera of the Molera Alvarez Group join Steve Goldstein to discuss whether redistricting in Arizona led to the state's Democrats gaining a number of seats in the legislature and winning a majority of Arizona's congressional delegation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix housing gains lead country
Home prices in Greater Phoenix rose faster in the past year than in any other metro area.In fact, the Case-Shiller Home-Price Indices show the Phoenix market leading the nation’s housing recovery. The metro area saw a 20 percent jump in housing prices compared to a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veteran Stories: Love, war and mixed martial arts
This week on Morning Edition we're hearing voices of Arizona's veterans from KJZZ's Public Insight Network. And today’s story is about Kyle Dubay from Tempe, a former Army combat medic who served three tours in Iraq.
Sept. 20, 2013
East Mesa development plans back on track
After one of the worst recessions in history, it appears that development in Mesa is back on track. It’s been more than five years since the Valley heard of a plan to develop the vast tracks empty of land around the Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro fares to increase
The Valley Metro Board of Directors has approved a fare increase for public transit in the Phoenix area. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Starting on March first, it’ll cost a quarter more for local rides on the bus and light rail.
Sept. 20, 2013
Small business owner takes advantage of gloomy economy
Snapshots of the country’s economy show an improving housing market, growing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate that’s still high – but gradually getting better. There’s no doubt the nation – and Arizona -- are still facing serious economic problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling marijuana must stay in jail
A federal agent charged with helping smuggle drugs into the U.S. has been ordered to remain in jail. Border Patrol Agent Aaron Anaya was on duty earlier this month between Yuma and Wellton in southwestern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman-elect Matt Salmon
Former Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon talks about his return to the U.S. House following a twelve-year absence. Salmon tells Here and Now Host Steve Goldstein that he would have voted against the fiscal cliff legislation that passed the House on Tuesday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson program seeks to help recent dropouts earn high school diploma
The Tucson Mayor is joining forces with Sunnyside Unified School District to encourage dropouts to earn their high school diploma through a new program.The partnership, announced Thursday, is called GradLink.
Sept. 20, 2013
Should an African-American represent Phoenixs Eighth District council seat?
Tension is boiling over on whether the Eighth District seat on the Phoenix City Council needs to be held by an African-American.Former Councilman Calvin Goode argued that perspective in an Arizona Republic letter to the editor, writing that the Eighth was intended to be for an African-American when districts were drawn three decades ago.
Sept. 20, 2013

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