KJZZ News

Arizona House Committee To Decide Next Week On Benefits For Seasonal Firefighters
An Arizona House committee next week will take the first steps toward possible action on changes to the way seasonal firefighters get benefits. It has been a contentious issue since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Borrows $200 Million To Privately Pay Off Federal Debt
Arizona is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but during the recession it went broke.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign Financings Big Effect On Arizona Elections
Money is a big part of political campaigns. It is nearly impossible to win a council or legislative seat without cash, and it is completely impossible to win a statewide or congressional race. Clean Elections was supposed to level the playing field to some extent by providing public financing for candidates and offering matching funds for people who were running against opponents with a higher level of private money, but Clean Elections has been defanged by the US Supreme Court, and a Maricopa County superior court judge declined to issue a temporary injunction blocking higher private contribution limits from going into effect.
Sept. 20, 2013
Here & Now: Grand Canyon Institute
( Phoenix, AZ ) Here and Now host Steve Goldstein is joined by members of the Grand Canyon Institute, a new think tank whose goal is to be bipartisan. Former state lawmaker and Democrat George Cunningham, former state lawmaker and Republican Sue Gerard, and former mayor of Phoenix and Independent Paul Johnson all join the conversation.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ StoryCorps: Governor Brewer & son Michael
  In this AZ-Edition of StoryCorps, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer talks to her son Michael Bewer about the loss of her father during childhood and the special influence her mother had in her life.  StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ News Wins Journalism Awards
KJZZ News reporters and staff received several journalism awards for their work in 2011. The KJZZ News Team won a Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R Murrow Award and a Public Radio News Director Inc.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Mayoral Race Coverage on KJZZ
There are six, official Phoenix mayoral candidates vying to lead the sixth largest city in the country. Learn where they stand on the issues by listening to a studio discussion with the candidates recorded on Here and Now, Wed.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ StoryCorps: Haunting Moment
Michael Nazario talks to his friend Susan Haslett about a moment that nearly changed his way of life and continues to haunt him.  StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debt Ceiling, Stock Market Change, & Improving Economy
Steve Goldstein talks to two economic experts about the impact of the debt ceiling on investors in Arizona, the stock market swing, and an economy on the verge of resetting.ASU Professor Emeritus Herbert Kaufman shares his opinion on the economy preparing to reset, and whether it's ready for the climb back to improvement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela Theatre Review
KJZZ's Theatre Critic Robrt Pela reviews Nearly Naked Theatre's production of Oedipus for Kids which runs through September 10th.Robrt Pela is a columnist at New Times and a staff writer at Latino Perspectives Magazine.
Sept. 20, 2013
On with the Show!
The Phoenix Symphony kicked off its new season last night. There was a chance that Symphony Hall could have been silent.  Like many arts organizations, the Phoenix Symphony has been hit hard by the recession.
Sept. 20, 2013
Intercity Rail Possible for Phoenix to Tucson
Scott Omer, the director of ADOT’s Multimodal Planning Division, and Serena Unrein, Public Interest Advocate for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund talk to Paul Atkinson about the possible Intercity Rail line between Phoenix and Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pearce and Lewis: What Contrasting Styles Tell Us
Senator Russell Pearce and challenger Jerry Lewis displayed contrasting styles in a Mesa Chamber of Commerce Debate.   The two are on the ballot in next month's recall election of Pearce.  The senator showcased his knowledge and tough nosed approach to policies while Lewis came across as a polite newcomer who vows to work with others.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pecan Prices Increase
You may think twice about adding one traditional item to your Thanksgiving meal this year.  The price of pecans continues to go up. The price of a bag of pecans is now 11-dollars.  It’s gone up one dollar every year since 2008.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paine Commentary - What?s the danger in telling it like it is?
KJZZ's Social Critic and Commentator Herb Paine says Halloween may be over but trick or treat remains the name of the political game...
Sept. 20, 2013
Homeless Kids Pose Challenge for Charities
This holiday, charities that help kids in poverty have more work to do. A million students in Arizona’s public schools qualify for free lunches, and the department of education says the number of homeless children has gone up sharply in recent years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Awake for brain surgery: DBS used to treat Parkinsons
Doctors in Phoenix are using a medical procedure known as deep brain stimulation or DBS to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But DBS also is showing promise in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer’s and other disorders of the brain.
Sept. 20, 2013
Share your thoughts on Sheriff Joe
The U.S. Department of Justice has found widespread civil rights abuses and racial profiling in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. What is your reaction? What's your opinion of Sheriff Joe?
Sept. 20, 2013

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