KJZZ News

Kitt Peak Observatory could face funding cuts
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayo Clinic to spend $130 million on integrated cancer center
The Mayo Clinic plans to integrate its cancer treatment programs in Phoenix. The project will add on to a facility already under construction.  The Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Center is slated to open in 2016 and provide targeted radiation treatments.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health district starting to explore hospital funding
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nearly half of Maricopa County votes early
Today may be election day, but many Maricopa County voters have already cast their ballot in the primary race. More than 45 percent of ballots are in from people who requested to vote early.The night before Election Day, the Maricopa County elections department had already received upwards of 344,000 early ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain to address RNC on national security
Arizona Senator John McCain will address the Republican National Convention tonight, on the evening of his 76th birthday. Four years ago, Arizona’s senior senator was officially nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate in Saint Paul, Minn.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds drop criminal probe against Arpaio
The U-S Department of Justice has dropped its criminal investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other high-ranking county officials.PETER O'DOWD: The Justice Department was investigating Arpaio for his role in failed public corruption cases against county officials who were at odds with him.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale sales tax issue will be on the ballot
Glendale residents will get a chance vote on a sales tax initiative in November.The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a lower court ruling that placed the measure on the ballot.A group called Save Glendale Now backed the initiative, which was challenged by the city.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fiesta Bowl lobbyist takes plea deal
Former Fiesta Bowl lobbyist John MacDonald has agreed to plead guilty to one count of failure to report principal expenditures, a misdemeanor, entering into a deal with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fluoride in the Phoenix water supply
Putting fluoride in the public water supply began in earnest in the U.S. in the mid-20th century. The process was intended to reduce tooth decay and help lower-income people who found it more difficult to afford regular visits to the dentist.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT unveils system upgrades
The Arizona Department of Transportation is unveiling a new operations center it says brings the Valley's freeway system into the 21st century.  Dennis Lambert talked to ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel about the new system and how it will make driving easier for Arizona residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interview with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra CEO Jim Ward
KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra CEO Jim Ward about the group's upcoming season. Jim Ward (Photo by Platt Photography)The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra starts its new season on Thursday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two-day international border trade meeting in Tempe
High-ranking policy makers and business leaders from both sides of the United States-Mexico border are meeting in Tempe to discuss the next steps for the binational relationship. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block attended the two-day meeting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lester Pearce faces ethics charges
The state’s judicial conduct commission has filed ethics charges against former Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce. The accusations stem from alleged politicking during the recall effort of his brother – former state senator Russell Pearce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Size of Latino voting block increases
A new report shows the U.S. Latino voting block increased in the last four years. The growth is in the millions. Since 2008, the number of Latino registered voters increased by four million. The Pew Hispanic Center analyzed the most recent U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix construction jobs bouncing back
According to an analysis released Thursday, Phoenix ranks third in the country in number of construction jobs added over the last year. The Associated General Contractors of America analyzes job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sept. 20, 2013
NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos
NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos visited KJZZ to talk about his role as the network's listener advocate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Which election issues will change your life?
We know every voter is unique. So which issues will have a direct impact on your life? Maybe it's military spending, healthcare changes, immigration or tax policy, or even a local school referendum.
Sept. 20, 2013
Democratic congressional candidate Kyrsten Sinema
Arizona's new 9th Congressional District is considered the most competitive in the state and is rated a toss-up by a number of national analysts. It includes Tempe, south Scottsdale, west Mesa and parts of Chandler and Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed entertainment district for downtown Mesa
The city of Mesa will hold a public meeting Wednesday night on a proposed entertainment district for its downtown area. City officials say they want to increase nightlife in downtown Mesa.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert spoke with David Short, executive director of the Downtown Mesa Association, about the proposed entertainment district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court Justice fighting to keep his job
Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander has taken the unusual step of officially setting up a committee to help in his efforts to keep his job. He’s up for retention on the current ballot, and several groups are encouraging voters to kick him off the state’s high court.
Sept. 20, 2013

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