KJZZ News

Early voting sets record in Maricopa County
The number of people voting early in Maricopa County continues to increase.  Early voting ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Elections officials say more than 400,00 early ballots had been returned as of mid-day Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
20-week abortion ban heads to appeals court
An Arizona law that criminalizes providing an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy will go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals next week in San Francisco. It is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
$500,000 worth of marijuana seized
Authorities in Pinal County have found hundreds of pounds of abandoned drugs in a stretch of desert along Interstate 8. A vehicle reported stolen from Phoenix was discovered Tuesday with more than a half ton of marijuana inside.
Sept. 20, 2013
Historic Latino voter turnout shapes elections
As post-election analysis continues, the role of Latino voters has gotten much attention. As Peter O’Dowd reports, community leaders are now talking about what that means for the future.PETER O’DOWD: According to a poll taken just before the election, Latino Decisions says Mitt Romney would have won the popular vote if he had captured just 35 percent of the Latino electorate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Concerns about Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational marijuana use
Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Floodgates open into Grand Canyon on Monday
For the first time in four years, the federal government will simulate a flood in the Grand Canyon. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg has more.Earlier this year, the Department of the Interior announced a plan to release water from the Glen Canyon Dam into Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon.
Sept. 20, 2013
The politics of redistricting in Arizona
Democratic consultant Barry Dill of First Strategic and Republican strategist Jaime Molera of the Molera Alvarez Group join Steve Goldstein to discuss whether redistricting in Arizona led to the state's Democrats gaining a number of seats in the legislature and winning a majority of Arizona's congressional delegation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix housing gains lead country
Home prices in Greater Phoenix rose faster in the past year than in any other metro area.In fact, the Case-Shiller Home-Price Indices show the Phoenix market leading the nation’s housing recovery. The metro area saw a 20 percent jump in housing prices compared to a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veteran Stories: Love, war and mixed martial arts
This week on Morning Edition we're hearing voices of Arizona's veterans from KJZZ's Public Insight Network. And today’s story is about Kyle Dubay from Tempe, a former Army combat medic who served three tours in Iraq.
Sept. 20, 2013
East Mesa development plans back on track
After one of the worst recessions in history, it appears that development in Mesa is back on track. It’s been more than five years since the Valley heard of a plan to develop the vast tracks empty of land around the Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
DOJ civil rights case against Arpaio, county to go forward
Maricopa County and its sheriff, Joe Arpaio, have lost a bid to dismiss a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights lawsuit. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports the suit was filed in May, and alleges systematic discrimination against Latinos.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayor Elaine Scruggs exit interview
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, who will leave office in January, talks about her nearly twenty years of leading the west valley city. Scruggs addresses accomplishments like transportation advancements and the building of the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Sept. 20, 2013
With permission to drive, Iraqi woman finds American dream
Americans love driving. It's a symbol of our freedom that's often taken for granted. But for many people in the Middle East, and especially for women, it's a form of independence that doesn't come easily.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Andy Reid debate
There’s a lot of speculation about Andy Reid, the former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles becoming the new Arizona Cardinals coach.Some reports say there’s a 95-percent chance Reid will take the job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix officers take oaths
More than 70 Phoenix police officers have retaken their oaths of office, even as some officers argue they shouldn't have to.The ceremony held at Phoenix City Hall was part of a new policy by Police Chief Daniel Garcia aimed at reminding officers of their responsibility to the community.
Sept. 20, 2013

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