KJZZ News

U.S. Attorney: Wisneski likely wont go to jail for Fiesta Bowl fiasco
Former Fiesta Bowl chief operating officer Natalie Wisneski likely won't receive jail time for her involvement in an illegal campaign-contribution scheme, the U-S Attorney's Office announced Monday. Wisneski faced up to one year in jail for her felony conspiracy charge, but may instead receive probation because she is cooperating with authorities.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Police to look for booster seat law violators
The Tempe Police Department will be looking for violators of Arizona’s new booster seat law, starting this Sunday. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Kids between 5 and 8 years old, and shorter than 4'9" now have to be in child restraint seats in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lessons to learn from papers please in Alabama
Judge Susan Bolton has allowed what's considered the most controversial part of Arizona's SB1070 immigration enforcement law to take effect. It's the so-called 'show me your papers' provision, and now law enforcement officers in the state are going to have to figure out how to apply it properly and without racially profiling anyone.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interview with the director of the ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, says the number of obese adults is likely to increase dramatically in the next 20 years.  In Arizona, it says if the current trajectory continues, nearly 59 percent of the adult population will be obese by 2030.
Sept. 20, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wrights archives to move from Scottsdale to New York
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright is associated with several places in the U.S., but perhaps none so unique as Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Wright made it his winter haven from 1937 until his 1959 death, describing the mostly untouched area near the McDowell Mountains as the top of the world.
Sept. 20, 2013
Democrats spending more than Republicans on Spanish-language ads
According to a survey of ten states with large Latino populations, Democratic candidates for federal office are spending twice as much as their Republican counterparts on Spanish-language political ads.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley home prices up...slightly
Valley home prices rose in August, but not by much, according to new numbers from ASU. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The median home price was up about one percent, to $150,000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Endangered species list could be getting more prickly
This week, the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service proposed adding two cacti to the endangered species list. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection. The photo on the right is actually of 13 Fickeisen cacti specimens.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio campaign attacks Dem candidate for sheriff
After weeks of commercials painting a softer picture of “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio has gone on the offensive. The new ad makes issue of an incident in his opponent’s past. The commercial refers to a decade-old dispute involving Arpaio’s Democratic foe Paul Penzone, a former Phoenix Police Sergeant who ran the Silent Witness program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peoria latest to add university
Trine University will open a branch campus in the city of Peoria starting in 2013. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the city is looking to expand its skilled workforce.PETER O’DOWD: If this sounds familiar, it’s because Mesa officials have already announced five new universities coming to that East Valley city since the start of the year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conservationists call for expanding jaguar habitat in Arizona, New Mexico
A conservation organization wants millions of additional acres to be set aside for the population of endangered jaguars.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service released a proposed critical habitat area for jaguars, which have been designated as an endangered species since 1997.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix tries new approach to homelessness
The City of Phoenix is launching a new initiative aimed at ending homelessness. Under the plan, money that now goes to homeless services will go into housing, at no extra cost to taxpayers. City Manager David Cavazos explains what the new strategy can do for the chronically homeless.
Sept. 20, 2013
FBI says Horne silence on crash due to affair
FBI agents allege Arizona Attorney General Tom Honre left the scene of a minor car crash because he was having an affair with a female employee, who was in the car he was driving and didn't want their relationship reported.
Sept. 20, 2013
For election workers, its showtime
On Election Day a small army of poll workers will staff the hundreds of polling sites in Maricopa County. But weeks before, another team of workers was busy assembling supplies to make sure everything is in order when voters show up to cast their ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013
Major propositions rejected at the polls
Two major propositions on the Arizona ballot failed to pass on Tuesday.  Here are the results of propositions 120 and 204. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: Voters rejected Prop 204, the one-cent sales tax increase proposal that would’ve been a permanent source of revenue for education.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loughner sentenced to seven consecutive life terms
A federal Judge in Tucson has sentenced Jared Loughner to seven consecutive life terms, and an additional 140 years.  Victims of the January 2011 shooting and their families took turns speaking to Loughner this morning, including Mark Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Sept. 20, 2013
Andrew Thomas for Governor?
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is barred from practicing law in Arizona, is considering a run for Governor. The Arizona Republic's Bob Robb tries to explain why Thomas would run...and his slim odds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro sees ridership records in October
More people took mass transit to get to their metro Phoenix destinations last month than in any month ever.  Valley Metro says ridership during October topped 7 million trips for the first time, with bus and light rail ridership increasing 10 percent, according to spokeswoman Susan Tierney.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judges to hear arguments on partial sweep of fund for homeowners
A three-judge panel is set to hear arguments on whether the state legislature had the right to take money out of a fund for struggling homeowners. The money came from a multi-state settlement involving the mortgage practices of several major banks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Comic book creator and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane
Comic book artist, baseball collector and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane has a new book that combines the elements of an autobiography and a coffee table art book. It's called The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil's in the Details.
Sept. 20, 2013

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