KJZZ News

Legislature approves gold, silver as legal tender
A bill to allow Arizonans to pay for goods and services with gold and silver is headed to Governor Brewer. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. The state Senate gave the measure its final approval Tuesday, on a near party-line, 18-10 vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jeff Flake is not surprised poll names him unpopular
Senator Jeff Flake said he is not surprised a poll out this week called him one of the most unpopular senators in the United States. A Public Policy Polling survey shows a big drop in support because of Flake’s recent vote against universal background checks for gun purchases.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nevada lawmakers consider commuter tax for Arizonans who work in the Silver State
Some people in Arizona who cross the state line to work in Nevada may be required to pay a “commuter tax.” Supporters of the proposed fees say they would create revenues for Nevada road maintenance and construction.
Sept. 20, 2013
Frozen pizzas recalled for presence of sharp, plastic parts
Here's something you don't hear everyday. Nestle is recalling some pizzas.  The company is recalling all of its frozen pizzas that have spinach on them. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says that's because clear fragments of foreign material with sharp edges have been found in the pizza.
Sept. 20, 2013
Views on the Jodi Arias from inside and outside the courtroom
The Jodi Arias murder trial in Phoenix has dominated coverage on local television stations and national networks. Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz offered insights on why the case has attracted so much attention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Experts see big opportunities for drones in farming
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing regulations to open the skies to drones by 2015.  Agriculture is expected to be one of the largest potential markets for drones. Cronkite News reports companies like Yamaha have been selling unmanned aerial vehicles for years in Japan.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: Arizonans are driving less, using more mass transit
New research indicates that Arizona drivers are spending less time on the road. The study found that spikes in gas prices and increased use of mass transit are behind the trend.The report was released by the nonpartisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix City Council approves outsourcing for municipal golf courses
The Phoenix City Council has approved a plan to outsource food and beverage operations and maintenance at five of the city owned municipal golf courses. The city lost  $2 million in the last fiscal year operating the courses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona gas price declines ended this week
Arizona's run of price declines at the gas pump came to an end in the last week.  The statewide average price Friday morning was $3.44 a gallon, up almost two cents from a week ago, but still 16 cents below the national average price.
Sept. 20, 2013
Appeals court issues ruling on proposed Tohono Oodham casino
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says there’s still an unresolved question about whether a southern Arizona tribe was rightfully awarded reservation status…for its planned casino site in Glendale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Mayor on innovation and improving Arizonas economy
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Arizona needs to prepare to deepen its fiscal strength when the economy fully recovers. He said the state has relied too much on growth to take it out of economic struggles.
Sept. 20, 2013
Penalty phase in Jodi Arias trial ends in deadlock
A mistrial has been declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The now-dismissed jury says it was hopelessly deadlocked on the issue of whether Arias should spend the rest of her life in prison, or be put to death.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers say no to entry fee along Canadian-U.S. border
Lawmakers from northern states are saying “no” to a proposed study of a fee to enter the United States by land. They say it will hurt cities along the U.S. - Canadian border. Last month the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study an entry fee at the nation's land border crossings.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio opponents protest as recall deadline nears
Thursday, 5 p.m.– that is the deadline to collect the 335,000 signatures needed to recall the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.” The push to oust Arpaio from office got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled his office had racially profiled Latinos.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers to again argue against voter mandate
The Arizona Supreme Court says it will give lawmakers another chance to argue they do not have to obey a voter mandate to increase funding for public schools. The 2000 voter-approved law hiked the state sales tax by six-tenths of a cent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latin American grocer Pros Ranch Markets files for bankruptcy
Pro's Ranch Markets chief financial officer says the Latin American grocer will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy within nine months. Executives blame the economy and immigration policy for their problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
The intersection of energy and national security
Is the United States relying too much on importing fossil fuels at the expense of national security? Retired Army Captain Brett Hunt and retired National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Joe Knott talked about ongoing efforts at the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Route 20 becomes new detour for US 89
Road construction begins this weekend on a new detour for U.S. 89 in northern Arizona. Navajo Route 20 will redirect drivers around US 89, and paving of the dirt road is expected to finish in August. In February, a landslide ripped apart 500 feet of the road on U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix under excessive heat warning
There's an excessive heat warning in effect, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.Dan Leins of the National Weather Service says we could see record tying heat in metro Phoenix."Right in the urban corridor [and] right in downtown Phoenix, that's typically the hottest locations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranked ninth in foreclosure filings last month
Arizona continues to put the housing crisis in its rearview mirror. The foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac said there were 3,800 foreclosure filings in the state during May. Vice President Darren Blomquist said that is closer to normal than to the peak of the housing crisis.
Sept. 20, 2013

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