KJZZ News

Pima County Supervisors select legislative replacement for Patterson
The Pima County Board of Supervisors has appointed Tucson attorney Nick Fontana to the state legislature. Fontana replaces Daniel Patterson, who resigned earlier this month after an ethics panel recommended he be ousted from the legislature.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature approves contraceptive coverage bill
The state legislature has approved a bill that would allow more employers to deny contraceptive coverage as part of their health benefits. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The original version of this measure would have allowed any employer to deny contraception.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Bar wants to recoup cost of Thomas ethics investigation
The State Bar of Arizona will try to recover nearly $300,000 from former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. The bar outlined costs incurred during a lengthy ethics investigation, which ended when Thomas was disbarred last month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ted Nugent brings his music, politics to Phoenix
Ted Nugent brings his brand of high decibel rock 'n' roll to the Valley this week. Ted Nugent (Photo courtesy of tednugent.com)Nugent had hits in the 1970s with "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold" but his act in recent months has been on the political stage, speaking out for conservative ideals like self-reliance and against the presidency of Barack Obama.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislative close brings new budget plan, plenty of critics
Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce, Senate Minority Leader Dave Schapira, political consultant Bob Grossfeld, and political consultant Barrett Marson talk about the most recent legislative session. They touch on the budget, education, redistricting, and various bills.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Phoenix Police Chief sworn in
Phoenix has a new police chief. Daniel Garcia was sworn in today, taking over for Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Garcia took the oath of office this afternoon at Phoenix City Hall.
Sept. 20, 2013
State agrees to increase mental illness funding, standard of care
Arizona has reached an interim settlement with the plaintiffs in a decades-old lawsuit over how well the state serves the seriously mentally ill.  From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports. STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Arnold v.
Sept. 20, 2013
Piece of Tempe history comes back to life as mill opens to the public
Tempe’s Hayden Flour Mill was the largest flour mill in the state -- until it closed in 1998.  For more than a decade the building has been boarded up and blocked off from the public. Now it has re-opened.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico prepares for upcoming presidential election
On July 1, Mexico will elect a new president.  Whichever of the three major candidates wins will take responsibility for a country that's reeling with drug violence.  KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd and Michel Marizco are traveling Mexico's border with the United States to report on the elections and to ask why they matter to the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Future of Solar Energy Forum
As supplies of non-renewable resources dwindle and the cost of powering our cities continues to rise, KJZZ examines the most abundant energy source in Arizona—solar power. KJZZ, Rio Salado College and Greater Phoenix Mensa hosted a discussion about the Future of Solar Energy on May 18.
Sept. 20, 2013
Disbarred attorney Andrew Thomas says he will target Maricopa County corruption
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas talks about the government corruption he says led to his disbarment and why he thinks Arizona needs Proposition 115. Thomas says Prop 115 will make the judiciary more accountable to the people, but it’s not a cure-all for the system or the government.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa mayor to take national leadership position
One Arizona mayor is about to become the second-in-command at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The conference is held this week in Orlando. KJZZ’s Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports.Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (Photo courtesy of City of Mesa)Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will be named Vice President of the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Obama Administration: Gov. to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants, grant work permits
The Obama administration says it will stop deporting, and begin giving work permits to younger illegal immigrants. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Dulce Matuz, President of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, about the annoucement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Power lines in the path of Poco Fire
The Poco fire burning outside of Young, Ariz. doubled in size overnight as firefighters were dealing with gusty winds and high temperatures. And as KJZZ's Terry Ward reports, it has forced the shutdown of power lines in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Family of Utah doctor can proceed with lawsuit against feds
The family of a Utah doctor can go forward with parts of a lawsuit claiming federal agents pushed the man to suicide. Dr. James Redd was indicted in 2009 after a sweeping investigation into the looting of Native American artifacts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Passenger train debuts at Sky Harbor
A passenger train made its debut today at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Train, as its called, should begin moving passengers to and from Terminal Four by early next year.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the trains will actually travel over the airport taxiway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Americans as independent voters
Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson explains why he’s an independent and an advocate for open primaries. Johnson says being nonpartisan is a nice system to work under, and people are more diverse and friendly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Sept. 20, 2013
County offers a boost to prep for new law
Arizona’s child-restraint law will get tougher next month. But Maricopa County is helping distribute booster seats for people who need them. PETER O’DOWD: Kids younger than 8 years old -- or shorter than 4'9" -- must be in a child restraint when they’re in the car.
Sept. 20, 2013
The psychological impact of wildfires
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Sept. 20, 2013

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