KJZZ News

Yumas mayor suing the city council
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park seeks to improve facilities
After years of budget cuts, officials at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, north of Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities.  Currently the park is operating solely from gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money to help state parks make improvements.
Sept. 20, 2013
Charter board: No problem with school using materials linked to Scientology
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology. A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
Sept. 20, 2013
Drought-affected businesses may qualify for federal loans
Some southwestern businesses affected by the ongoing drought may be eligible for federal loans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans to small, non-farm businesses in Arizona, and certain counties in California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS wont hear Arpaios appeal
The role of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pink underwear policy could be back in court soon as part of a wrongful death case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided today not to hear an appeal by Arpaio, making a re-trial more likely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Preparing for the Valleys violent dust storms
The Valley's violent dust storms may be a few months away, but the National Weather Service and Arizona Department of Transportation are trying to get people prepared.Tim Tait of ADOT and Ken Waters of the National Weather Service explain how quickly dust storms develop and how drivers should react.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona National Guard Faces Sequester Cuts
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget. The chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
Sept. 20, 2013
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In the United States, more people say they vote in elections than actually do. One way to prove it is some physical evidence of visiting a polling place. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, perhaps the most common piece of proof is provided to Valley voters with help from a sponsor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valleys population still growing, but not as quickly
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
New proposal expected in sales tax simplification debate
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Laurel Morales
Laurel Morales is KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk Senior Field Correspondent in Flagstaff, AZ.Morales has served as a  public radio reporter for more than ten years-- most of that time devoted to covering Arizona stories.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amy Silverman: Special Olympics creates choices
Sophie and her grandmother (Photo courtesy of the Silverman family) It was the perfect moment.The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, my mother and I were stretched out on lounge chairs, enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona receives B grade in new study on government transparency
Arizona receives high marks in a new survey that evaluates public access to state spending records. But researchers say there’s room for more government transparency in the state. The report has been released by the non-partisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group, or AZPIRG.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona educator reflects on Eddie Bashas dedication to schools
Arizona educators are remembering Eddie Basha for his dedication to public schools and children in need.  The businessman and philanthropist died Tuesday at age 75.  He’s probably best known for the chain of grocery stores that his family started in Arizona, but Eddie Basha also served on the State Board of Regents and ran for governor in the 1990s.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird Raceways last night out bittersweet for fans
After 30 years in business, the lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
Sept. 20, 2013
What Term Best Describes Immigrants Living In The U.S. Illegally?
The Associated Press Stylebook no longer will sanction using the term "illegal immigrant." The decision has been applauded by Latino advocates. For years, many protested the AP and other journalism organizations, including The New York Times, over usage of what they believed to be an offensive term.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Board of Regents approves tuition hike for three state universities
The Arizona Board of Regents has unanimously approved more than $100 million in tuition and fee increase at the state’s three universities for the next academic year.   Base tuition and mandatory fees will go up 3 percent at Arizona State and the University of Arizona and they’ll increase anywhere between 2-5 percent at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
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Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix mayor heads to Mexico City for trade mission
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is traveling to Mexico City on Wednesday to lead a trade mission there. The purpose is to strengthen economic ties with our neighbor to the South.The delegation from Phoenix includes city and business leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Salt River Project says Nevada Utility wants to sell its share of SRPs Navajo coal power plant
Salt River Project Company confirmed that a Nevada utility wants to sell its share of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona. It’s the latest in a series of financial hits for SRP.Nevada state lawmakers have approved legislation that allows Nevada Energy Incorporated to sell its 11 percent share of the SRP-operated Navajo Generating Station by 2019.
Sept. 20, 2013

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