KJZZ News

Arizona's poverty rate was among the highest in the country last year, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Roe Goddard, Associate Professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management about what that means for the state, and for business in Arizona.
December 14, 2012
The Valley Metro Board of Directors has approved a fare increase for public transit in the Phoenix area. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Starting on March first, it’ll cost a quarter more for local rides on the bus and light rail.
December 13, 2012
Maricopa County and its sheriff, Joe Arpaio, have lost a bid to dismiss a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights lawsuit. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports the suit was filed in May, and alleges systematic discrimination against Latinos.
December 13, 2012
The Real Arizona Coalition has presented a broad range of ideas for federal immigration reform. The bipartisan group is calling the foundation of its approach S.A.N.E. Pastor Warren Stewart, State Senator Steve Smith and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talk about their differing opinions on the coalition's ideas and whether congress should consider them.
December 13, 2012
Arizona State University’s business school has named its new dean. The current dean, Robert Mittelstaedt, arrived in 2004 and is credited with boosting the W.P. Carey School of Business’s profile nationally and internationally.
December 12, 2012
Arizona State University President Michael Crow came to the desert ten years ago. On KJZZ's Here and Now, he talks about the future of higher education in Arizona--including Mesa's efforts to attract private college branches--and the impact of his first decade.
December 12, 2012
The government's investigation into the gunwalking program Operation Fast and Furious is wrapping up, with the sentencing Wednesday of some of the final suspects. But major questions remain about why federal officials decided allowing guns to be carried across the border was a good policy.
December 12, 2012
Phoenix hospitals will pay a new tax, under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the Phoenix City Council in a 6-3 vote. Supporters say it will bring in $200 million in federal money to help hospitals care for people without insurance.
December 11, 2012
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the body responsible for drawing legislative and congressional district maps has to follow the state’s open meeting laws, but that prosecutors cannot restart an investigation into whether that happened.
December 11, 2012
This morning theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Stray Cat Theatre's production of Wolves. Christmas has come early for fans of good writing and excellent acting, courtesy of Stray Cat Theatre's production of Steve Yockey's Wolves.
December 11, 2012
Tonight hear plenty of holiday jazz by jazz favorites like Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Smith and Diana Krall, plus there are treats by local talent with holiday hits by Dmitri Matheny and Judy Roberts.  It's a delightful mix all week when jazz awakes at 8.
December 11, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its last orders of the year on Monday. As KJZZ’s Al Macias reports, Arizona’s attempt to block the state from cutting off benefits to partners of gay state employees will not be considered.
December 10, 2012
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December 10, 2012
Law enforcement in Pinal County recovered thousands of rounds of ammunition in an abandoned SUV this weekend. A Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling near Stanfield on Saturday saw the car and ran its plates, and after discovering it had been reported stolen from Phoenix, tried to stop the SUV.
December 10, 2012
McCoy Tyner was encouraged to play piano by his mother and by his neighbor, Bud Powell.  By the time he was 17 he was playing with Coltrane in some local clubs in Philly.  Eventually they formed one of the finest jazz quartets ever recorded.
December 07, 2012
The Iraqi man charged with setting off a homemade bomb outside a Social Security office in Casa Grande has been indicted. Authorities say 47-year-old Abdullatif Ali Aldosary researched bomb making and gathered supplies before detonating the explosive last week.
December 07, 2012
 Jimmy Smith changed the way we hear the jazz organ.  He created a whole new language of blues and bebop that is part of the sound every B3 player uses today.  Hear the fun and fabulous genius of jazz giant Jimmy Smith tonight on the 9 O'clock Special, and Marty Ashby stops by to talk about his Christmas concert when jazz awakes at 8.
December 06, 2012
The first Arizona marijuana medical dispensary opened its door Thursday in Glendale. It legally began distributing marijuana to the dozens of people who waited in line for hours to have their prescriptions filled.
December 06, 2012
Arizonans in need of dental care can get it, for free, Friday and Saturday, at the first Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Three hundred dentists have turned Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds into a giant dental clinic – providing fillings, extractions and other services at no cost.
December 06, 2012
Thursday, we reported on a new master-planned community on the site of the former General Motors proving grounds in Mesa. The development could eventually include 15,000 houses, along with parks, shopping areas, and office towers.
December 06, 2012

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