KJZZ News

Phoenix groups looking to fill empty lots with gardens
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has unveiled a new project that will create temporary public space on land just north of downtown that currently sits vacant. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, project planners hope this lot can be a model for other empty plots of land around the city.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stores open for Black Friday even earlier -- on Thursday
After finishing dinner and washing the dishes, many Arizonans may head out to their local big box retailer. Some stores have begun opening at midnight on Black Friday, some are even opening late Thanksgiving night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former GM Proving Grounds changing hands
More than 500 acres located on the former General Motors proving grounds in Mesa have changed hands and are expected to be turned into homes.The Phoenix Business Journal first reported that Scottsdale-based AV Homes and New York City’s JEN Partners have purchased 527 acres on the site of the former proving grounds for $32.
Sept. 20, 2013
Private colleges eye Phoenix suburbs
Starting next year, Phoenix suburbs will be flush with something they’ve never had much of before: private non-profit colleges. Eight new schools are gearing up for satellite campuses in Peoria and Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Master-planned communities must create legacy of innovation
Thursday, we reported on a new master-planned community on the site of the former General Motors proving grounds in Mesa. The development could eventually include 15,000 houses, along with parks, shopping areas, and office towers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas poverty rate among nations highest in 2011
Arizona's poverty rate was among the highest in the country last year, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Roe Goddard, Associate Professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management about what that means for the state, and for business in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bennett testifies in D.C. on voter registration offenses, ineligible voters
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday morning on the state of the right to vote. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was a witness, along with other state-level elected officials, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense fund.
Sept. 20, 2013
Twenty-five years of ADEQ
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is marking its 25th year as a cabinet-level agency. KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with ADEQ Director Henry Darwin about the agency's accomplishments and what else needs to be done to improve air quality in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona to consider Medicaid expansion
Governor Jan Brewer’s decision in November to forego setting up a state-based health exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act set up another health care decision expected as soon as this month. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, that decision will likely affect hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona spared slightly during flu season
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 41 states reported widespread flu activity between Dec. 23-29, but that Arizona was not one of them. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Energy service company creates hundreds of new Valley jobs
One of the largest energy service companies in the country is expanding its business in Arizona. Direct Energy is moving to a new location and is adding hundreds of jobs. Second from the left, Steven Murray, President of Direct Energy Residential, surrounded by Arizona business leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Flake in Afghanistan
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is on his way back to the U.S. after weekend stops in Israel and Afghanistan.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Flake was sworn in as the successor to Senator Jon Kyl earlier this month. His first foreign trip since taking office included accompanying several colleagues to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sept. 20, 2013
Death row inmate Richard Glassel dies
An Arizona death row inmate has died, reportedly of natural causes. In April of 2000, Richard Glassel walked into the board of directors meeting of the Ventana Lakes Property Owners Association. He shot and killed two people and injured three more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Suns legend Majerle resigns
The Phoenix Suns’ recent head coaching change has also led to the departure of a team legend.Last week, the Suns came to a mutual agreement with Head Coach Alvin Gentry to go in another direction.
Sept. 20, 2013
A Camelback Mountain trail to be closed for several months
One of the Valley's premier hiking trails is about to be spruced up. But, as KJZZ's Dennis Lambert reports, that means this weekend is the last time you'll be able to use it for about nine months. DENNIS LAMBERT: The Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain will be closed on Monday, according to David Urbanato of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, who says the trail is overdue for repairs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Comprehensive immigration reforms potential impact on politics and the economy
Judy Gans, Manager of the Immigration Policy Program at the University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Rudy Espino, Associate Professor of Political Science at ASU, discuss the Gang of Eight Senators' proposed ideas for comprehensive immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mormon church to build where student housing currently stands at ASU Polytechnic
Arizona State University has made a deal with the Mormon church to build an Institute of Religion on the Polytechnic Campus in East Mesa. It’ll require the demolition of 13 student family housing units.
Sept. 20, 2013
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee
A bill that would ban companies from flooding cell phones users with spam-like text messages has passed an Arizona House committee.This bill is a form of the ‘do not call list’ for regular phones according to Rep.
Sept. 20, 2013
Actors Theater cancels remaining shows
A theater company that has operated in downtown Phoenix for 20 years has canceled the rest of its season. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the Actors Theater announced Tuesday it is leaving the Herberger Theater because of financial trouble.
Sept. 20, 2013
US-American merger long in the making, but far from done
After more than a year of speculation and negotiation, the merger between US Airways and American Airlines is official. The new airline will keep American’s name and be worth about $11 billion. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the merger creates the largest carrier in the world.
Sept. 20, 2013

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