KJZZ News

The four remaining GOP presidential candidates sparred in Mesa on Wednesday night. The CNN debate addressed issues critical to many Arizonans, including immigration and border security. But much of the debate was taken up with national policy, and there was little discussion of job creation.
February 22, 2012
Mayor of Mesa Scott Smith, NPR Washington senior editor Ron Elving, and ASU assistant professor at the School of Letters and Sciences Kelly McDonald explain the significance of the Mesa Presidential Primary Debate for candidates and the state of Arizona.
February 22, 2012
Last week the Phoenix New Times released a story about Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threatening his Hispanic ex-lover with deportation if he made their relationship public. Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School, talks about the media’s responsibilities when reporting on the personal lives of elected officials.
February 22, 2012
Dennis Welch, managing editor of The Arizona Guardian, talks about the most recent budget plan presented by Republicans and why Governor Jan Brewer is concerned. At the state capitol, Republican lawmakers have presented a no-growth budget plan, which proposes no new spending above the current level.
February 22, 2012
Here and Now takes a look back at Arizona presidential candidates, and the excellent sense of humor they’ve maintained after a century-long streak of losses.Wes Gullett, Fred DuVal and Terry Bracy all have something in common.
February 22, 2012
Imagine a medical treatment uniquely designed for you.Science fiction or fact? Examine the potential of Personalized Medicine during an Arizona SciTech forum presented by KJZZ and Rio Salado College on March 8, 2012.
February 22, 2012
Republicans will gather outside of Phoenix on Wednesday for the last prime-time presidential primary debate before Super Tuesday. All eyes will be on Rick Santorum, the latest candidate to challenge Mitt Romney’s grip on the nomination.
February 22, 2012
What could be the most important debate among Republican Presidential candidates takes place tonight in Mesa. It’s the last debate before Super Tuesday when ten states hold primary elections. And as Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, issues important to Arizona will play a role in the debate.
February 21, 2012
Legislative committees in the Arizona House and Senate today approved a budget plan crafted by GOP leaders. But the plan appears to be at odds with the proposal put forward last month by Governor Jan Brewer.
February 21, 2012
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Phil Lovas to fill a vacancy. This is the second vacancy in that legislative district.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports. Lovas was appointed to fill the vacancy when representative Judy Burgess was named to replace former state senator Scott Bundgaard.
February 21, 2012
Correspondence from the late Barry Goldwater shows the former senator thought highly of Newt Gingrich, but was also wary of Gingrich putting his foot in his mouth. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Paul Atkinson reports.
February 21, 2012
This month, Arizona turns 100. KJZZ is marking the centennial each week in February with stories of our state’s history, people and places. We're calling it the Centennial Minute. This morning, authors and Arizona residents Fred DuVal and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger tell us about generations-old ranching families in Arizona.
February 21, 2012
The Sedona Film Festival is underway in the red rocks of Northern Arizona. One of the films featured at this year’s festival is “In Good Time.” It’s a documentary about the life of jazz pianist and long-time host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz,” Marian McPartland.
February 21, 2012
Public employee unions say they’re under attack by legislative proposals mostly written by a conservative think tank. The Goldwater Institute claims Arizona taxpayers could save half-a billion dollars by targeting collective bargaining, union dues, and government funded salaries of union leaders.
February 19, 2012
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a contract for the next president of the University of Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart will take over on July 1.
February 17, 2012
Arizona will host a Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, Feb. 22. We've heard a lot from each of the candidates this election season. But we want to know which Arizona-specific issues you'd like them to address.
February 17, 2012
A House committee will hear a proposal by Governor Brewer’s office to overhaul how state workers are hired and fired.  As KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, the bill would also do away with overtime for most state employees.
February 16, 2012
The state senate passed a bill that forces members of public employee union to annually request union dues be deducted from their paychecks. Supporters argue government shouldn’t be in the business of collecting union dues.
February 16, 2012
The State of Arizona and the Department of Health Services are headed back to court over the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. A pro-medical marijuana group is contesting several requirements, including the rule that marijuana dispensaries must have a medical director.
February 16, 2012

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