KJZZ News

Valleys population still growing, but not as quickly
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
New proposal expected in sales tax simplification debate
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Michel Marizco
Michel Marizco serves as KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk Senior Field Correspondent in Tucson, AZ.  His work focuses on transnational trafficking syndicates, immigration, federal law enforcement and those weird, wild stories that make the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewers Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing
Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand access to healthcare for the poor in Arizona got its first hearing in front of the legislature Wednesday, two months after the governor first proposed growing the state’s Medicaid program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bathroom bill gets a makeover
Proposed legislation that would have made it a crime to use the wrong bathroom has been scrapped, but it’s being replaced by a new version. Representative Kavanagh revises the 'Bathroom Bill', his proposed amendment to bill S.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley physician is part of dream teams fighting cancer
Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of Scottsdale Healhcare and TGen spoke about efforts to cure cancer, including the dream teams of physicians coming together with complementary areas of expertise.Von Hoff was featured in the latest edition of Time Magazine in the cover story, "How to Cure Cancer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo lawmakers fund study of coal mine
Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have voted to pursue the possible purchase of a coal mine. During a special session of the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock on Friday, legislators approved a $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mohave County allows employees to bring guns to work
Mohave County has given the green light to workers who want to carry guns into its administration building in Kingman. The Board of Supervisors passed the measure Monday, only a few weeks after allowing the public to take guns into all county buildings after a three-year ban.
Sept. 20, 2013
State requires parents to okay putting students in isolation
Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a rule that stops schools from putting students in isolation rooms without their parents’ consent. In a letter that came with Wednesday’s announcement she was signing the bill into law, Brewer says putting out-of-control children into small, padded rooms for hours is chilling.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain: Immigration reform bill wont make everyone happy
Arizona Senator John McCain says the 'Gang of Eight' is continuing to work on an immigration reform bill. And he told interviewers on CBS' Face the Nation what he expects will be in it. “We need to have a path to citizenship and we need to have secure borders, and we also have to address the issue of 40 percent of the people who came here illegally, they didn’t cross our borders; they came here on a visa and overstayed their visa,” McCain said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Soleri to be remembered for experimental community
Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri died today at 93. He had a long marriage, raised two daughters and wrote 22 books, but in Arizona he’ll be most remembered for one thing, Arcosanti. Soleri began designing the experimental community in 1970, and it’s been in a constant state of construction ever since.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lottery winner confidentiality bill fails for now
The Arizona Senate has defeated a measure that would have allowed lottery winners to remain anonymous, but the issue is likely to come back up for another vote. The bill would require only a winner’s city and county to be made public.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid expansion complicates budget agreement
Efforts to reach a budget agreement at the state capitol are being complicated by Governor Jan Brewer's proposal to expand Medicaid, a plan one lawmaker says is paralyzing the process. Republican Al Melvin of Tucson is accusing Brewer of threatening lawmakers with holding them in session indefinitely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senate approves two gun bills
The Arizona Senate approved a pair of gun-related bills Tuesday. One of the bills would ban Arizona police departments from destroying guns in their possession and require those agencies to sell them under most circumstances.
Sept. 20, 2013
Journalist examines Minuteman movement
David Neiwert explores the Minuteman movement, how it was covered by the media and whether it impacted U.S. border security.Neiwert's new book is called "And Hell Followed with Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two Valley health care systems to start working together
The John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare have announced plans to work together . Officials stress the new arrangement is not a merger, and that each system will still be legally separate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature will consider more funding for Redistricting Commission
An Arizona House committee has given permission for the introduction of a supplemental appropriations bill for the state's redistricting commission.The Arizona Legislature is planning to consider the supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, the body that drew up new legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer: National immigration debate started with SB 1070
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer believes the immigration reform debate underway in Washington right now is the result of her signing SB 1070 three years ago.While some key parts of the bill have never taken effect, and some were declared illegal by the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
29 grocery stores mark successful price audits
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures is pleased with a recent audit. It showed grocery stores are doing a good job of making sure consumers get accurate prices on sale items.  Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they checked 29 markets around the state and found a 99.
Sept. 20, 2013
Temperatures to hit the century mark thanks to heat wave
The first triple-digit temperatures of the year may arrive as early as Monday. A high-pressure system started moving across the Southwestern United States over the weekend, and National Weather Service Meteorologist Valerie Meyers said it is going to stick around for a few more days.
Sept. 20, 2013

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