KJZZ News

An Arizona legislator who opposes abortion says a woman should be made to watch an abortion being performed before having one. Republican Rep. Terri Proud of Tucson made the comment in a March 5 email to constituent Adena Lees.
March 22, 2012
Saguaro National Park in Tucson has banned the sale of disposable bottled soda or water from vending machines. Instead, the park now has stations where visitors can refill their own reusable water bottles.
March 21, 2012
The state Senate has followed the House’s lead, and approved $700,000 for the Independent Redistricting Commission. The panel says it needs the money to pay its bills. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
March 21, 2012
The number of jobs in the Phoenix area grew by almost 2 percent in 2010. The Valley ranked seventh nationally for large metro areas. But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, job growth is still far behind normal levels.
March 21, 2012
Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the compromise between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for judicial nominee voting.Tobias says that the current agreement excludes several excellent candidates, but new compromises can still be reached.
March 21, 2012
Last November Russell Pearce became the first Arizona Legislator to be recalled from office. This week Pearce announced he would run for state Senate again in the newly redrawn District 25. Tyler Montague, who took part in the Jerry Lewis campaign, and  political analyst Chris Herstam talk about Pearce’s choice to run for Senate.
March 21, 2012
Documentary filmmaker Michael Davie speaks about dispelling the stereotypes surrounding Africa as part of the National Geographic speaker series at the Mesa Arts Center. Davie started his career as a documentary producer and director when he quit his broadcast job in Australia and planned a hitchhiking trip from Cape Town to Cairo with his digital camcorder.
March 21, 2012
Arizona’s federal court system is overloaded. So much so that its chief judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a judicial emergency last year. That allowed for visiting judges to hear cases.
March 21, 2012
When state lawmakers passed the tough bill known as SB 1070, they were clear that part of the aim was to make Arizona inhospitable for people in the U.S. illegally.The 2012 presidential election has brought the issue of "self-deportation" to the forefront.
March 21, 2012
Russell Pearce supporters say that one reason he lost his seat in the state Senate last fall was because the recall election was open to Democratic voters. Pearce announced Monday he’s running again for state Senate -- and this time, he’ll face a Republican challenger in a primary where only Republicans and Independents can vote.
March 20, 2012
Theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Phoenix Theatre’s production of Gypsy: When one writes of her here, she is “Broadway’s Kathy Fitzgerald.” In New York, for which she left us more than a decade ago, she is one among few: a character actress who’s always in demand; who’s appeared in Broadway shows like Wicked, 9 to 5, and in the original company of a little thing called The Producers (she was in the film version, too).
March 20, 2012
Arizonans who lost their homes to foreclosure, are at risk of foreclosure, or are now underwater on their loans stand to benefit most from a recent $25 billion dollar settlement with the nation’s largest lenders.
March 20, 2012
More than 22,000 Arizonans have applied for and received permission from the Department of Health Services to use medical marijuana.  And the vast majority, some 85 percent, are requesting to grow their own.
March 20, 2012
Many people who tried to use Arizona’s 511 system this past weekend couldn’t get the latest road conditions because the phone number and website were at full capacity.  As KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, the system experienced record numbers of users.
March 20, 2012
The Arizona House of Representatives is poised to give the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission less than what it had originally asked for…but more than what the Senate had proposed. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
March 19, 2012
Ron Barber, who served as district director for former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, says he plans to run for a full term representing Arizona’s second congressional district.Barber was wounded in the January 2011 attempt on the Congresswoman’s life.
March 19, 2012
The shifting demographics of the Mountain West could have long-term effects on national and local politics. A new report by the Brookings Institution shows the identity of the region is changing.PETER O’DOWD: The West is more diverse than ever.
March 19, 2012
Arizona will feel the lingering effects of a late-winter storm that brought gusting winds and sporadic rain and hail to lower elevations. Snow blanketed northern Arizona. Flagstaff is digging out from two feet of snow that shut down Interstate 40.
March 19, 2012
The cost of gas continues to rise.  The statewide average stands at $3.88 a gallon.  And while the higher costs put holes in your budget, imagine what its like for charities, struggling to meet financial demands to begin with.
March 19, 2012
Law enforcement officers from around the Valley will be on the roads tonight, looking for St. Patrick’s Day revelers who’ve had too much to drink. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The Peoria Police Department will host a West Valley DUI Task Force, partnering with 30 to 40 officers from other West Valley police departments.
March 16, 2012

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