Arizona’s medical marijuana program was approved by the state’s voters in 2010 but took a while to be fully implemented, and it is complicating life for law enforcement. Some prosecutors in the Valley are arguing that any trace of pot in a driver’s blood equals driving under the influence, but Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley said medical marijuana advocates disagree.
We spoke with KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd who gave a recap of the KJZZ Town Halls this week. Along with Al Macias, he hosted candidate forums for each of the four contested Phoenix City Council races. You can hear all of the forums in their entirety and check out stories about issues affecting each of those districts.
District 2 incumbent Jim Waring and challenger
Virgel Cain talked about the pending departure of Phoenix City Manager David
Cavazos at a KJZZ election forum Thursday night. Cavazos will leave Phoenix for the same position in
Santa Ana, Calif.
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Have you ever had the experience in a museum, where you see something on the wall, and it instantly puts you in a place? Where you can see and smell and just feel it?
Super Mario World, 1991. Hiroshi Yamauchi, executive producer; Shigeru Miyamoto, producer; Takashi Tezuka, lead director.
Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden caused a massive
controversy—and a national debate—when he leaked classified documents
revealing the extensity of NSA surveillance programs. But according to an exclusive report by Reuters, for the past two decades another U.
This time of year the desert heat can be deadly, so hikers wait until dark before turning on their LED headlamps at the foot of Phoenix’s Piestewa Peak. Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.
There are a number of ruins in Arizona. Among those listed is the Pueblo
Grande Ruins near Sky
on Washington Street.
The ruins layout on the ground level. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ)
The Hohokam people lived for hundreds of years.
As the massive manhunt for a suspected kidnapper continues,
so does an amber alert along the West Coast. The man in charge of Arizona's Amber Alert
Broadcaster's Association, President Art Brooks, says newer smart phones can
automatically notify you of such an alert.
A southwest Arizona
man is hospitalized after getting a huge jolt of electricity while allegedly attempting
to steal copper wire from a wooden power pole near Wellton. Alfonso Zavala of
the Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Hess is in critical
condition after making a tragic mistake.
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed
outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio
says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because
of his job.
A US Airways employee and a man with alleged ties to a Domincan Republic drug-trafficking operation have been charged with smuggling cocaine into the United States through Philadelphia International Airport.
District 2 Phoenix City Council incumbent Jim Waring and challenger Virgel Cain debated each other in a KJZZ election forum Thursday night.The candidates talked about the renewal of 32nd Street, the lack of light rail in their North Phoenix neighborhoods, and phasing out the 2 percent food tax.
The final KJZZ Town Hall on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Thursday night and focused on the candidates of District 2.
Candidates Virgel Cain and Jim Waring at the District 2 forum. (Photo by Julie Levin - KJZZ)
This district spans much of North Phoenix, from Scottsdale Road to the East to Interstate 17 to the West.
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
An Arizona man will
spend two weeks behind bars, for his role in a terrorism hoax. A jury had convicted
Michael David Turley in June of endangerment and knowingly giving a false
impression – this after he sent his 16-year old nephew into a busy Northwest
Phoenix intersection with a fake grenade launcher in July, 2012.
State Health Director Will Humble wants Rural/Metro to send him financial statements while it seeks bankruptcy protection. He is worried the ambulance and firefighting company might cut expenses that could lead to longer emergency response times.
Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border. It’s an area that caters to experienced hikers. The Wave not only requires hiking skills, but survival and navigation skills as well.
We finish our “Phoenix Votes” series with a look at housing in District 8.
Stephanie Reynolds poses with her youngest children, Sam and Monika, outside their new home, purchased with the help of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.