KJZZ News

Governors sales tax proposal may not add up
Lawmakers prepared for a fight over sales tax reform at the state capitol Monday. Supporters say one piece of a new bill will simplify a complex system that is time consuming and burdensome to businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona gas prices on the rise
Arizona drivers are paying almost 15 cents more per gallon this week than last. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: AAA Arizona says the statewide average stands at $3.50 a gallon – that’s up 14 cents from last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Winter weather affecting Arizona travel
Winter weather has prompted transportation officials to close sections of U.S. 60 just east of the Valley. While it’s been raining in the Phoenix area for most of Wednesday, and snowing for a while in the high country, ADOT’s Garin Goff says the winter weather is not limited to the higher elevations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to take up school safety measures
State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600 students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
Sept. 20, 2013
How Will Sequestration Affect You?
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration  — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts —  will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona business leaders pushing for new education standards
Business leaders in Arizona are strongly backing the state’s transition to the Common Core standards – a multi-state effort in math and English that supporters say will teach students to think, rather than memorize facts.
Sept. 20, 2013
EPA fines six Arizona school districts for asbestos violations
Six Arizona School districts are facing some hefty federal fines if they don’t clean up asbestos contamination in classrooms and administration buildings.EPA inspectors found a variety of violations, including cancer-causing asbestos fibers in walls and floor tiles at some school buildings.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yuma, La Paz wages well below national average
A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that weekly wages in Yuma and La Paz counties are well below both the state and national average of $903.La Paz County averageis $604 while Yuma County's is $668.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler will be home to new General Motors IT Innovation Center
General Motors will be hiring a thousand high-tech employees to staff its new Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler. Company officials made the announcement Wednesday with city and state leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Airport restaurant fire causes scare
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
Sept. 20, 2013
Telemedicine bill advancing in legislature
A measure that would require health insurers to cover certain services provided by telemedicine won the approval of a state house committee Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Senate Bill 1353 would apply to services including cardiology, trauma, mental health disorders and infectious diseases, and would be limited to rural parts of the state starting in 2015.
Sept. 20, 2013
NH House rejects limits on simulcasting dog races
New Hampshire's House has rejected limits on simulcasting dog races. The House voted Wednesday to kill a bill that targeted Florida, Alabama and Arizona, because, these states don't require reporting when race dogs are injured.
Sept. 20, 2013
House seeks to answer questions on Brewers Medicaid expansion plan
Governor Jan Brewer's plan to expand Medicaid goes under the microscope this week as a house committee looks into the details. House Appropriations Committee chairman John Kavanagh says the informational meeting, set for Wednesday, will settle some of the remaining questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to take up bill on gender-specific places
An Arizona House committee Wednesday is scheduled to take up a bill that would make it a crime to use the wrong bathroom. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The strike-everything amendment to Senate Bill 1432 would make it a misdemeanor for someone to intentionally go into a bathroom, shower, dressing or locker room of the opposite sex – if that facility has a sign indicating it’s single-sex, and the person’s birth certificate doesn’t specify they’re that gender.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale still tweaking proposed pedicabs ordinance
The City of Scottsdale is still tweaking its proposed pedicabs ordinance. The public will be able to weigh in on the proposal at Thursday night's community forum. The Scottsdale Transportation Commission will submit recommendations on the proposed pedicab ordinance to the city council for a possible vote in April.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain: Were working night and day for immigration bill
Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting at a North Phoenix community center Monday that covered a broad range of topics, but immigration dominated the conversation.  Sen. John McCain told people at a townhall meeting Monday he feels hopeful new bipartisan legislation to reform immigration will be ready soon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bashas CEO and Chairman Eddie Basha dies
Eddie Basha, the CEO and Chairman of the Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona died yesterday. Basha's family said he had been ill for some time. Basha was an Arizona Board of Regent member for several years and also ran for governor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted for Pioneer Hotel fire to be released
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but has maintained his innocence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire freed after 42 years
TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of Musical of Musicals (The Musical)
This morning, theatre critic Robrt Pela reviewed Theatre Works' production of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical). "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" has a beard a mile long. This send-up of Broadway tuners should at this point in the "let's spoof-musical theater game," play like a post-peak retread, an after-thought of irony or a late-to-the-party lesser-than.
Sept. 20, 2013

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