KJZZ News

Mexico prepares for upcoming presidential election
On July 1, Mexico will elect a new president.  Whichever of the three major candidates wins will take responsibility for a country that's reeling with drug violence.  KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd and Michel Marizco are traveling Mexico's border with the United States to report on the elections and to ask why they matter to the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Future of Solar Energy Forum
As supplies of non-renewable resources dwindle and the cost of powering our cities continues to rise, KJZZ examines the most abundant energy source in Arizona—solar power. KJZZ, Rio Salado College and Greater Phoenix Mensa hosted a discussion about the Future of Solar Energy on May 18.
Sept. 20, 2013
Disbarred attorney Andrew Thomas says he will target Maricopa County corruption
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas talks about the government corruption he says led to his disbarment and why he thinks Arizona needs Proposition 115. Thomas says Prop 115 will make the judiciary more accountable to the people, but it’s not a cure-all for the system or the government.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa mayor to take national leadership position
One Arizona mayor is about to become the second-in-command at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The conference is held this week in Orlando. KJZZ’s Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports.Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (Photo courtesy of City of Mesa)Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will be named Vice President of the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Obama Administration: Gov. to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants, grant work permits
The Obama administration says it will stop deporting, and begin giving work permits to younger illegal immigrants. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Dulce Matuz, President of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, about the annoucement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Power lines in the path of Poco Fire
The Poco fire burning outside of Young, Ariz. doubled in size overnight as firefighters were dealing with gusty winds and high temperatures. And as KJZZ's Terry Ward reports, it has forced the shutdown of power lines in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Family of Utah doctor can proceed with lawsuit against feds
The family of a Utah doctor can go forward with parts of a lawsuit claiming federal agents pushed the man to suicide. Dr. James Redd was indicted in 2009 after a sweeping investigation into the looting of Native American artifacts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Passenger train debuts at Sky Harbor
A passenger train made its debut today at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Train, as its called, should begin moving passengers to and from Terminal Four by early next year.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the trains will actually travel over the airport taxiway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Americans as independent voters
Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson explains why he’s an independent and an advocate for open primaries. Johnson says being nonpartisan is a nice system to work under, and people are more diverse and friendly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fourth smuggling tunnel discovered on the border
Another tunnel has been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s the fourth tunnel this week authorities have found. The latest one was discovered Friday in Nogales, Ariz.. Federal investigators say the incomplete tunnel didn't appear to be in use.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU business school dean on the economy: ?grow or die?
Bob Mittelstaedt, retiring dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, assesses Arizona’s economy. Mittelstaedt says that Arizona is on the road to recovery with a fairly balanced budget, but that’s not enough.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio on the stand in civil trial
KJZZ's Lynn Kelly spoke to reporter Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, who is covering the civil trial against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff testified Tuesday. This is a midday update from the courthouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
New booster seat law to take effect Thursday
Hundreds of new laws will take effect this Thursday in Arizona, and among them is one that will require auto booster seats for kids younger than 8 years old or under 4'9" tall.  Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death of children, and the proper use of a safety seat reduces a child's fatality risk by 71 percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Plan clears way for increased flights at Davis-Monthan
More training flights will be taking off and landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson. A draft environmental assessment by the Air Force reports that increased flights would not significantly impact the surrounding environment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley schools back in session this week
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Capital punishment in Arizona
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake looking to Arizona?s open senate seat
Congressman Jeff Flake explains why he wants to be an Arizona Senator and which issues are most important to him. Flake, who has served in the House since 2001, says the biggest issue is getting the country’s debt and deficit under control.
Sept. 20, 2013
Make a plan to save some cash
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
Sept. 20, 2013

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