KJZZ News

Guns on campus bill is dead
A bill that would have allowed concealed weapons on Arizona universities and college campuses is dead. State Senator Ron Gould, who sponsored the bill, said there is not enough support among lawmakers.
Sept. 20, 2013
National Parks Service looks to protect places of Cesar Chavez
Tomorrow marks the 85th birthday of former farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. During the 60s and 70s Chavez fought to improve working conditions for farm workers. Now the National Parks Service plans to recognize his legacy.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Senate aproves restrictions for young drivers
The Arizona Senate has voted to ban some new drivers from using cell phones or other communication devices behind the wheel. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.   MARK BRODIE: The bill would prohibit drivers younger than 18 from using the devices for the first six months of driving.
Sept. 20, 2013
New solar energy plant will serve Yuma
A new solar plant planned in southwestern Arizona will be the first on state trust land since the Arizona State Land Department began identifying sites for solar development last year. Lou Gum has more from Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
County Supervisor on Thomas: Justice has been served
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is expected to speak today, following his disbarment yesterday. On Tuesday a disciplinary panel upheld 28 ethical violations against Thomas. He and two assistants were accused of targeting county leaders and judges in criminal investigations.
Sept. 20, 2013
New legislative gifts law makes only minor restrictions
State lawmakers are apparently not ready yet to give up freebies. DENNIS LAMBERT: They've approved a new gifts law that puts only minor restrictions on the kind and size of gifts they can get from lobbyists.
Sept. 20, 2013
Candidates chosen for Congressional District 8 special election
Ron Barber, aide to former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffrods, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010, won the Republican nomination. Kelly talks about the upcoming election, and Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly analyzes the campaign tactics of Barber and Kelly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Luke Air Force Base one step closer to receiving F-35s
Luke Air Force Base is one step closer to receiving at least 72 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Terry Ward reports.Arizona Sen. John McCain has been a leading proponent of Luke as the new home for the F-35.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopi tribe wants Tuba City landfill cleaned up
The Hopi tribe is tangled in a legal battle with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. At issue is a dump the federal agency operated for 50 years near Tuba City in Northern Arizona. The local tribes say the aquifer lying under the dump shows dangerous levels of uranium.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Senate panel takes up SB 1070
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear arguments on Arizona’s immigration law until Wednesday, but SB 1070 will be on the minds of some in Washington, DC Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
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

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