KJZZ News

Arizona lawmakers stick to party lines in health care vote
Arizona's congressional delegation did as expected yesterday as lawmakers tried to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare act. Wednesday was the 33rd time lawmakers have tried to get rid of the law.
Jul. 12, 2012
Immigration lawyers advise DREAMers against haste, fraud
Under a new White House policy, immigrants brought here illegally as children can apply for deferred deportation and temporary work permits. But so-called DREAMers are being warned to proceed cautiously.
Jul. 12, 2012
Maximum security prisoner plotted to kill fellow inmate, Arpaio
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a maximum security prisoner arrested for plotting to kill another inmate also hoped to assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Detectives arrested 29-year-old Samuel Matta Wednesday, an inmate in the state prison in Florence.
Jul. 11, 2012
The psychology behind sports fandom
Phoenix Suns fans were taken aback when they learned Steve Nash chose to leave the Valley and head to the Los Angeles Lakers. Social Psychologist Sam Sommers explains why fans react the way they do. Sommers, a professor at Tufts University, says fans who reacted negatively to Nash leaving the Suns for the Lakers looked for the easy narrative in the situation.
Jul. 11, 2012
Arizona?s Medicaid options
Two experts explain the current options that surround Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, and how the Affordable Care Act will affect the program. Sue Gerard, former director of the State Department of Health Services and current member of the board of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, says the current system is a bridge plan to keep the system running until 2014.
Jul. 11, 2012
Republican Primary for Senate heats up
Two experts talk about Arizona’s Republican Primary for Senate and the barbs exchanged between Jeff Flake and Wil Cardon. Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, says Republican strategists are confident they can keep someone from their party in the Senate seat, but negative ads are making them nervous.
Jul. 11, 2012
Construction of Chicago Cubs stadium begins in Mesa
The construction of the new Chicago Cubs spring training stadium is underway. On Wednesday, the City of Mesa hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with local dignitaries and the Cubs franchise.Dignitaries from the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs broke ground on the new Cubs spring training complex in Mesa on Wednesday.
Jul. 11, 2012
Scottsdale City Council appoints interim City Manager
The Scottsdale City Council has appointed an acting city manager, a week after the previous city manager resigned. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: In a special meeting, the council appointed Dan Worth to the post on an interim basis.
Jul. 11, 2012
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Jul. 11, 2012
Campers staying past the limit on National Forest land could get a wake-up call
As we reported last month from Flagstaff, a rising homeless population on National Forest land could lead to increased wildfire danger. But it’s not only the homeless who can run afoul of forest restrictions.
Jul. 10, 2012
Valley housing prices surge in last quarter
A new report shows the Valley's housing market is continuing a strong push toward recovery. Analysts at Clear Capital say prices were up almost 9 percent in the last quarter.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.
Jul. 10, 2012
FBI sheds new light on 2010 shooting death
Yesterday federal law enforcement agents revealed more details about the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and offered a reward of $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four men accused of being involved in the murder.
Jul. 10, 2012
Chandler Mayor touts Intel expansion
Intel's expansion in Chandler has attracted construction jobs to the city, and drew a visit from President Obama. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny about what a bigger Intel presence in Chandler means for the city.
Jul. 10, 2012
Governor Brewer won
Governor Jan Brewer says she won’t take any further steps to have legislators consider election-law changes.  An initiative that will appear on the November ballot would allow Arizonans to vote for a candidate of any party in the primary election, and advance the primary's top two finishers to the general election -- regardless of party affiliation.
Jul. 9, 2012
Arizona asks SCOTUS to rule on revoking same-sex partner benefits
Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn lower courts' rulings that the state can't take away state workers' same-sex domestic partner benefits. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.
Jul. 9, 2012
Education campaign for Latinos on gay and lesbian acceptance
A bilingual education campaign aimed at increasing acceptance of gay and lesbian Latino family members is under way.  Twenty-one national Latino organizations have built a coalition around the movement.
Jul. 9, 2012
Arizona tourism officials hoping residents stick close to home this summer
Arizona's summer tourism campaign has a new twist. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with a tourism expert to find out how it might work.State tourism officials are hoping Arizonans decide to travel relatively close to home this summer.
Jul. 9, 2012
Gill-destroying toxin kills thousands of fish
Wildlife officials say golden algae killed thousands of fish in a 20-mile stretch of the Salt River.  Golden algae were discovered in Texas in the 1980s; they were first found in Arizona in 2005. The algae produce a toxin that attacks the gills of fish and causes them to suffocate.
Jul. 6, 2012
Drug-trafficking ring in Tempe dismantled
Tempe police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration say they have dismantled a drug-trafficking organization that was operating in Tempe.  From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports that law enforcement are saying the ring had links to the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.
Jul. 6, 2012
Navajo, Hopi likely to be back in court on water rights
Navajo lawmakers have rejected a settlement that recognizes the tribe's rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports. The tribal council voted 15-6 against the settlement on Thursday during a special session in Window Rock.
Jul. 6, 2012

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