AZ Dept. of Corrections awards contract to private company
The Arizona Department of Corrections is expected to award a prison contract this week to a private out-of-state company, with the goal of producing 1,000 new medium-security inmate beds. While the location and expected cost of the facility expansion have not yet been determined, The Arizona Republic reports use of a private company is more costly for taxpayers, according to state records.
Aug. 27, 2012
The case for Arizona
Arizona continues to face an ongoing drought, but a new paper suggests the state's farming future is important, and can be done more efficiently.Karen Smith, a former Deputy Director at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Water Quality Director at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wrote the paper for the Grand Canyon Institute, at which she's a Fellow.
Aug. 25, 2012
Grand Canyon glass bridge case still not clear
An arbitrator has awarded a Las Vegas developer about $28 million in a contract dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports that may not be the final word.The Hualapai owns the glass bridge that gives visitors a view of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Aug. 24, 2012
Court orders Glendale tax initiative to appear on November ballot
The state appeals court has ordered the initiative on the city of Glendale's sales tax should appear on the November ballot. That reverses a lower court's ruling. A group called Save Glendale Now filed the initiative that would reverse a recent sales tax increase and subject future hikes to voter approval.
Aug. 24, 2012
Going to work on Mars time
The Mars rover Curiosity has been on the red planet for a little more than two weeks now. The robotic explorer started slowly moving from its landing site late last week. Several scientists from Arizona State University are on the research team.
Aug. 24, 2012
Changing Arizona
Governor Jan Brewer has three finalists to choose from to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. If a November ballot initiative is passed, the number of finalists for a future opening would be at least eight.
Aug. 23, 2012
McCain blames President Obama for looming defense cuts
Arizona Senator John McCain says defense cuts that could go into effect on New Year's Day would very seriously impact Arizona’s military installations, as well as its defense industry. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Aug. 23, 2012
Glendale sales tax hike ruling could come Friday
The Arizona Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday over whether an initiative that aims to reverse a sales tax increase by the City of Glendale can appear on the November ballot.  Members of the group Save Glendale Now.
Aug. 23, 2012
Too much rain could actually be a problem
Much of the Valley is drying out after a second night of monsoon storms. More than an inch of rain fell in some parts of the Valley. Flood Control engineers say many parts of the county are soaked. That could be a problem if there is more rain.
Aug. 23, 2012
Medical transport van gets trapped in flooded Scottsdale wash
For a third night in a row, Arizona was hit by heavy rain. Sky Harbor recorded eight tenths of an inch. Other parts of the Valley saw well over an inch, like Scottsdale -- where a driver tried to cross a flooded wash and became trapped.
Aug. 23, 2012
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.
Aug. 22, 2012
Herb Paine: The 2012 Conventions ? Lost Opportunities
Jim Lehrer once noted that “the political conventions are among the few ‘shared’ national political events left.” If only this were still so.Americans don’t “share” the Conventions as they used to -- and the Parties are far from what they used to be.
Aug. 22, 2012
Arpaio raises nearly three times as much money as opponents
Campaign finance filings show that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised almost $7.5 million dollars for his re-election bid. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports that out of state donors are helping his effort.
Aug. 22, 2012
Court of Appeals hears Glendale sales tax issue
The City of Glendale and a group trying to reverse a newly imposed tax increase are scheduled to appear in court Thursday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports.In June, the Glendale City Council approved a 0.
Aug. 22, 2012
The effects of pay-to-play on high school sports
Experts take a look at the effects on families and students when high schools charge them to play sports. Sarah Clark, research assistant professor for the University of Michigan, and Arizona Republic columnist Scott Bordow agree that charging students to play sports can have negative effects.
Aug. 22, 2012
What makes a protest successful?
Three experts discuss why people protest and how the successes of protests are measured. Tom Jenney, the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity, and his fellow demonstrator. (Photo by Tracy Greer - KJZZ)Tom Jenney is the Arizona director of Americans for Prosperity, a group which organizes grassroots support for various causes.
Aug. 22, 2012
Former Arizona Rep. Patterson acquitted
A former state representative has been acquitted of domestic violence charges, about four months after being forced to resign his seat over the matter. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.   Daniel Patterson (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) MARK BRODIE: In February, most House Democrats signed onto an ethics complaint against their then-colleague, Daniel Patterson.
Aug. 22, 2012
More on SB 1070 and Open Elections Act
KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block explains the most controversial provision of SB 1070 and debates around the provision. Jim Small, editor at Arizona Capitol Times, explains why the Open Elections/Open Government Act didn’t get on the ballot.
Aug. 22, 2012
Monsoon storms pelt Phoenix area
The Valley was slammed by a pair of thunderstorms last night. Sky Harbor Airport recorded four tenths of an inch of precipitation, but other communities in the state saw heavier rainfall and more. Steady rain blanketed much of the Phoenix area.
Aug. 22, 2012
Florence water supply tests positive for E. coli
Residents in the Florence area are being asked to boil their drinking water or used bottled water until further notice.Johnson Utilities, which provides water to the lower East Valley, has found traces of E.
Aug. 22, 2012