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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he’s eager to put Arizona’s medical marijuana law in front of a judge, as defendant or plaintiff. Last year, Montgomery warned county employees not to process any zoning or permit applications for marijuana dispensaries, because the businesses would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act.
August 08, 2012
Two experts discuss the legal process behind capital punishment as well as misconceptions and concerns while handling capital trials. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton and Maricopa County public defender Andrew Clemency both agree that capital cases are the most emotionally grueling and drawn-out cases to be involved in.
August 08, 2012
An expert explains the pros and cons of self-funding for elections, and explains why some candidates choose to go the self-funded route.Jennifer Steen is an associate professor of Political Science at ASU.
August 08, 2012
A merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines would likely see the airline's headquarters land in Dallas rather than Tempe. An expert analyzes what this could mean for the Valley's economy.Robert Mittelstaedt, Dean of the W.
August 08, 2012
The 2020 Census is almost eight years away, but the Census Bureau is looking at lessons learned from the last census. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the bureau may be changing questions and dropping some terms.
August 08, 2012
Last week KJZZ reported a story about an increased number of training flights taking off and landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.We stated the plan would increase sorties from about 1,200 per day to just over 2,200.
August 08, 2012
Competitive yet mutually respectful. Individuals in their own right but aligned for a common purpose. Each lifting the other up -- and consequently uplifting us all with a sense of pride and an understanding of what is possible.
August 08, 2012
  The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final rule aimed at cleaning up the largest single source of haze-causing pollutants in the country.    Rather than mandate that the Four Corners Power Plant take one avenue to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA is giving the plant's operator a choice.
August 08, 2012
  Tonight hear the latest jazz from artists who are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by you. Plus you'll dig the sonic vibe of B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith's first live recording in 40 years!  New Releases on the 9 O'clock Special tonight.
August 07, 2012
Arizona officials used a bingo-style machine with sets of numbered air-blown balls Tuesday as they picked winners from among more than 400 applicants for certificates to run 97 medical marijuana dispensaries around the state.
August 07, 2012
Jared Loughner has pleaded guilty to 19 counts in the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner entered the plea Tuesday after a federal judge found him mentally competent, following months of forced treatment for schizophrenia.
August 07, 2012
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge says a proposed initiative to change Arizona’s primary election system is unconstitutional and will not be on November’s ballot. Judge Mark Brain ruled the language in the Open Elections/Open Government Act is too broad and violates the Arizona Constitution by including more than one proposed constitutional amendment in the same ballot measure.
August 07, 2012
The Arizona Department of Health Services will hold a lottery this morning to determine which individuals or businesses will get dispensary licenses for medical marijuana.  KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke to DHS Director Will Humble about the dispensary licenses.
August 07, 2012
When Guy Pennacchio came to Arizona he didn't know he was a singer, but today he is a much requested Sinatra stylist. As a kid,  Guy started as a horn player, but when people started requesting his voice he complied.
August 07, 2012
Images from “Curiosity,” the latest Mars rover, have been beaming back to Earth since its landing Sunday night. Jim Bell is an astronomer with the ASU School Earth and Space Exploration. He’s part of the team responsible for getting those pictures back to Earth.
August 06, 2012
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says it's disappointing for her to see the downturn in public opinion of the nation's highest court. The Supreme Court used to be the highest ranked of the three branches of government, but O'Connor says the three are now closely ranked.
August 06, 2012
Seven people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting broke out Sunday at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. Rana Singh Sodhi is a Mesa restaurant owner whose brother Balbir was killed after the Sept.
August 06, 2012
An excessive heat warning is to take effect at 10 a.m. Monday and run through at least Wednesday. Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman of the National Weather Service explains how they determine when the heat is excessive.
August 06, 2012
Wild horses on the drought-stricken Navajo Nation are fighting for their lives. Navajo Nation officials say lack of rainfall and high heat are drying up watering holes and leaving others with harmfully high levels of salt.
August 06, 2012
It's back to the classroom for many Arizona school districts this week.Here in the Valley, Tempe and Phoneix Union high school districts begin classes Monday. Mesa and Gilbert Unified get underway on Wednesday.
August 06, 2012

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