KJZZ News

AZ Senate approves Clean Elections compromise, sends to House
A compromise plan that would keep the state’s system of publicly-funded political campaigns in place, but with some changes, is headed to the Arizona House. The state senate approved the plan Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of The Great Gatsby
Theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Arizona Theatre Company’s production of The Great Gatsby. It takes some real work to make a brilliant and beloved piece of literature into a potboiler, but Arizona Theatre Company has done it.
Sept. 20, 2013
House Ethics Committee to take up Patterson complaint
The Arizona House Ethics Committee this morning will take up the complaint against Democrat-turned-Independent Representative Daniel Patterson of Tucson. But it’s not clear what form that will take. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Racist incidents prompt policy change at California university
The University of California, San Diego, has agreed to overhaul practices for handling complaints of racial harassment after a series of campus incidents that targeted blacks two years ago. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bringing Silicon Valley to the Valley of the Sun
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is trying to recruit companies from Silicon Valley that may want to expand or relocate. Two experts respond to the efforts and what Stanton will need to do make the venture successful.
Sept. 20, 2013
DOJ to Arpaio: Stop stalling the investigation
The Department of Justice says the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is trying to further delay the civil rights investigation into his department. Arpaio has asked for more information from the feds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix parking changes could help drivers keep their change
Parking on the street in downtown Phoenix is going to get easier in 2012. The number of hours people have to pay to park could be reduced and more user-friendly parking meters could be in place a year from now.
Sept. 20, 2013
A courier in the Italian Resistance during WWII, now in Scottsdale: There is always tomorrow
Wednesday is the 67th anniversary of Italian Liberation Day, when Allied troops toppled the dictator Mussolini. Key to their success was the Italian Resistance movement. According to a group that keeps track of former resistance fighters, possibly one of the last surviving members lives right here in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
SB 1070 opponents protest in downtown Phoenix
Hundreds of people marched in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon in protest of SB 1070. An SB 1070 protester in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez) The group gathered after the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Facebook likes organ donors
Last year Arizona organ donors saved more than 477 lives with their donations. And now Facebook wants to help. From the KJZZ newsroom, Weston Phippen reports.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says U.S. and U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effort underway to protect state parks funding
A group has filed paperwork to ask voters to protect funding for state parks. As KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports from Phoenix, the parks faced budget cuts during the recession. MARK BRODIE: The group called Citizens to Save Arizona's Natural Resources has taken out paperwork, to start gathering signatures to put the proposal on November’s ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Justice Department to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
The U.S. Justice Department says it will file a civil lawsuit against Maricopa County, the sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The federal agency today sent letters to Arpaio, his office, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, alerting them that DOJ plans to sue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Crews battling Arizona wildfire brace for high winds
CROWN KING, Ariz. (Associated Press) — High winds could prove a challenge for firefighters battling a northern Arizona wildfire that has forced residents from a historic mining town.Fire spokeswoman Karen Takai said Tuesday winds of 35 mph are expected at the blaze near Crown King that has burned about 2 ½ square miles.
Sept. 20, 2013
Some progress made Thursday on Arizona wildfires
  Map of the Gladiator Fire as of Friday, May 18. (Map courtesy of Southwest Coordination Center) DENNIS LAMBERT: The Gladiator Fire burning near Crown King, Ariz. has grown to nearly 8,000 acres, but firefighters say the bulk of the growth Thursday was away from the town.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix parks have kept pace despite years of fast growth
Phoenix parks rank above-average among large American cities. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports on a scorecard released today from The Trust for Public Land. PETER O’DOWD: Among the 40 largest US cities, Phoenix ranks 16th.
Sept. 20, 2013
Girl seeks geek at Phoenix Comicon speed dating
Online dating may not be for everyone. At this weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, self-described geeks and nerds have found an alternative. KJZZ’s Laura Palmisano explains. Gemma German during a geek speed dating session at Phoenix Comicon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Death of Tasered MCSO jail detainee ruled undetermined
Medical examiners in Maricopa County are ruling the death of Ernest "Marty" Atencio "undetermined." The Latino veteran died last December after being subdued and Tasered in a Maricopa County jail. From Phoenix, Devin Browne reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
The psychology behind social media
Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, explains the role of social media in society, news, and relationships. Rutledge says her aim is to use the lens of psychology to look at aspects of media and media technology to understand the impact on people as producers and consumers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Death row inmate gets new execution date
Convicted killer Daniel Wayne Cook has a new execution date.Daniel Wayne Cook (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Corrections)The state Supreme Court approved Cook’s execution for Aug. 8. Cook was sentenced to death for the torture, rape and murder of a Guatemalan immigrant and a teenage boy from Mohave County in 1987.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reaction swift to Obama Administration immigration announcement
President Barack Obama eased enforcement of immigration laws Friday, offering a chance for many illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. Media and supporters gather at the Phoenix headquarters of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition on Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013

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