KJZZ News

Light rail expansion under way in Mesa
The Valley’s light rail system is nearing its 4th anniversary.  Stephen Banta is the CEO of Metro Light Rail. (Photo courtesy of Metro Light Rail)It kicked off service in January 2009, and its first service expansion project is just beginning in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interview with violin soloist Elena Urioste
Violin soloist Elena Urioste will perform for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra on the group's opening night.  Elena Urioste (Photo courtesy Phoenix Symphony)Urioste will play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Majority of Mexican prisons controlled by gangs
A new report suggests that gangs control about sixty percent of Mexico’s prisons. KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.The report was compiled by the Mexican government’s National Human Rights Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Beat the Odds Institute emphasizes need to better educate Latino students
Latino student education is among the top priorities of The Beat the Odds Institute. The research agency has been focused on finding ways to improve education in the last five years. The Institute is emphasizing its efforts on the education of Latino students -- now more than ever.
Sept. 20, 2013
New bioscience complex brings San Diego company to Peoria
Arizona’s first bioscience incubator, BioInspire, opened its doors last week.  It's providing space to several groundbreaking companies.  They include Yolia Health, a 5-year-old San Diego-based company that has developed a way to provide clearer vision through use of eye drops and contact lenses that change the shape of corneas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa school district attempts to pass a lesser, shorter override
The Maricopa Unified School District is struggling and this election it hopes its fifth attempt to pass an education override will be the charm. The district, about 40 miles south of Phoenix, is asking voters for money to climb out of its budget slump.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cato Institute gives Brewer a D on fiscal policy
A libertarian think tank that grades governors around the country on fiscal policy has given Arizona’s Jan Brewer low marks. The Cato Institute advocates small government, low taxes, and free markets.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border Patrol agent remembered in Utah
Mourners on Thursday remembered the Border Patrol agent shot and killed last week near Bisbee at a second funeral. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie has more.Nicholas Ivie had a funeral in Sierra Vista on Monday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Madison Hotel demolished in downtown Phoenix
Demolition crews are tearing down the Madison Hotel in downtown Phoenix. KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd watched the demolition. The Phoenix Suns own the property and a second abandoned hotel next door. The Suns have not yet responded to KJZZ's requests for comment, but the company has said it plans to turn the land into a parking lot.
Sept. 20, 2013
Corporation Commission candidates debate Renewable Energy Standard
Three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for election this fall. The panel has been called the most important government body you’ve never heard of. And, one issue has emerged as the most critical for the six major party candidates running for those positions.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM to announce solar-energy zone in Yuma County
The Bureau of Land Management is set to announce Friday that it has designated about 25-hundred acres in Yuma County as a new solar-energy zone. The government hopes to speed development of renewable energy by identifying sites suitable for such projects and streamlining the process for approving them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayor Scott Smith on Mesas success
The city of Mesa has attracted university branches and a new library honoring former Senator Barry Goldwater. It’s also a prime player in the Valley’s light rail system and broke ground on a new entertainment district this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Local utility crews helping to restore power on East Coast
SRP and APS crews on the East Coast are working steadily toward restoring power to homes, schools, and businesses, while preparing for another storm to move into the area. The Arizona Air National Guard flew Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service crews and trucks to areas hit by Hurricane Sandy on Friday, and they’ve been at work since they landed repairing a badly damaged electrical system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Parker, Sinema race too close to call
When most Arizonans went to sleep on Tuesday night, they still did not know who would represent the state's newest congressional district. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports the 9th Congressional District race hasn't been called yet, with unofficial results showing the Democrat leading by about 2,100 votes, or less than 1.
Sept. 20, 2013
Use of provisional ballots up 15 percent from 2008
Of all the ballots cast this week in Arizona, more than 172,000 of them were provisional, according to data compiled from the Secretary of State.  From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports more provisional ballots were cast in Maricopa County this election than last presidential election.
Sept. 20, 2013
More elderly Americans are living alone
According to new numbers from the Census Bureau more elderly Americans are living alone. KJZZ’s Al Macias says the survey also shows the number of households headed by older Americans is growing.The Census Bureau reports that the percentage of households headed by older adults has grown significantly over the last half century.
Sept. 20, 2013
Increasing energy efficiency in the Southwest
A Colorado-based public interest group says six Southwestern states, including Arizona, could save a total of $20 billion by 2020 by becoming more energy efficient.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prison hooch suspected in botulism outbreak
Seven Arizona inmates have been hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports the culprit is believed to be homemade alcohol the inmates drank.JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK: Over the weekend, seven inmates at the State Prison Complex in Florence fell ill.
Sept. 20, 2013
State will take part in federal health care exchange
Governor Jan Brewer told the Obama administration Wednesday she’s not interested in setting-up a state run health exchange, one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The state instead is going to take part in a federally operated exchange, according to the Governor’s spokesman Matt Benson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Avondale mayor takes over presidency of National Cities Group
Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers is the new President of the National League of Cities.She says in that role, she hopes to help avert the fiscal cliff, and work to improve transportation and immigration policies.
Sept. 20, 2013

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