KJZZ News

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be in China next week to meet with leaders of nearly 1,600 fast-growing companies. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. (Photo courtesy of KJZZ file footage) The president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Barry Broome, also will be making the trip to Dalian, China.
September 09, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Fire investigators are trying to determine what sparked a blaze outside a building used to store supplies for a Tucson food bank. Fire Capt. Chris Jurvig said crews were first dispatched to the food pantry around 1:30 a.
September 09, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water officials in Las Vegas are making plans to fast-track a $12 million Lake Mead drilling project to ensure the region will be able to draw a steady drinking water supply from the shrinking Colorado River reservoir.
September 09, 2013
More than two inches of rain have fallen in some parts of the North Valley, which have lead to power outages, traffic delays and flash-flood warnings. Rain falls at the campus of Grand Canyon University in West Phoenix Monday.
September 09, 2013
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is taking on the county government for hiring criminals.  Babeu claims the Pinal County Board of Supervisors is hiring friends and family, knowing they are convicted criminals, and giving them access to classified information.
September 09, 2013
Key provisions of an election law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in June and targeting homeowners associations will be stripped out of the law, under terms of a legal settlement.  All but one of the provisions affecting HOAs will be nullified, after a suit was filed charging the measure violated a constitutional provision that requires bills to address just one subject.
September 09, 2013
Sen. John McCain said President Obama needs to make a strong case for U.S. military action against Syria when he addresses America Tuesday night.  The senator believes there is a U.S. interest in the conflict.
September 09, 2013
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life.  Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years.  Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
September 09, 2013
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, many consumers buying health insurance could take a big hit to their checkbooks, and New Mexico may take the biggest hit of all. That's according to a new study that looks to gauge new insurance premiums state by state.
September 09, 2013
 A jury's decision to convict a self-help author in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony will stand. The state Court of Appeals has granted James Arthur Ray's request to drop his challenge of the case and also dismissed a cross-appeal.
September 09, 2013
The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
September 09, 2013
Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
September 09, 2013
A first of its kind private fundraiser to buy water rights to the Colorado River launches in Phoenix this weekend. Environmental groups want to purchase enough water to keep the river flowing south of the border during the severe drought.
September 07, 2013
A nearly century old New Mexico tradition involves the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy along with the world's gloom.
September 06, 2013
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
September 06, 2013
Throw some dirt on it. That is what a lot of coaches and even some parents would say to young football players who looked like they had suffered a minor injury. Throwing up on the sidelines? Just part of the game.
September 06, 2013
It probably wasn't Woodward and Bernstein or the filmmakers behind "All The President’s Men" who coined the phrase ‘follow the money.' Neither legendary reporter covered the machine of college athletics, which seems to run thanks to the millions and even billions of dollars fed into it by TV networks and sponsors, but until very recently despite convincing, logical op-eds in national newspapers, the concept of truly sharing those funds with student-athletes seemed unlikely.
September 06, 2013
 The Arizona Corporation Commission held a hearing to discuss the legal issues of deregulating the utility market. Lawyers on both sides of the issue addressed the commission.  Michael Grant, attorney for the Arizona Investment Council, argued against deregulation.
September 06, 2013
This weekend’s pro-reform homilies will not be the Catholic Church’s only move to influence policy. Pope Francis plans to lead several hours of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria tomorrow. That got KJZZ's Nick Blumberg thinking about how and how much religious leaders can affect the way people think about big social issues of the day.
September 06, 2013
The War on Drugs makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for years and lately a recent surge of TV shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds" and "The Bridge." These shows are trying to do something new however — showing the complexity of the conflict, with bad guys on both sides of the border.
September 06, 2013

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