KJZZ News

Bill targeting bath salts, spice compounds introduced
Drug experts say synthetic drugs can be more addictive than other drugs because the strength varies from one product to another. Now a bill aimed at outlawing synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and spice, is making its way through the Arizona legislature.
Sept. 20, 2013
Markets sing with help from housing
The U.S. stock market had a banner month in January, and it reached another milestone at Friday’s closing bell. Analysts say the surging housing market had something to do with it. New home construction is heating up across the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican Gray Wolf population grows by 25 percent
More Mexican Gray Wolves are returning to the Southwest. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports their population has grown by 25 percent in the last year.There are 75 wolves now living in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Giffords PAC increases effort against guns
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is stepping up her effort to place more restrictions on gun ownership ahead of the president's State of the Union address. PETER O’DOWD: Giffords, and husband Mark Kelly, produced a 30-second commercial through their political action committee.
Sept. 20, 2013
CenturyLink workers could go on strike
CenturyLink could face a strike by unionized workers in Arizona and a dozen other states. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert has more. Union leaders say they've moved a step closer to allowing a walkout, but say they plan to continue talks with the telecommunications company.
Sept. 20, 2013
The struggle for arts funding in Arizona
Arts companies in the Valley and the state have struggled to find enough financial support--corporate and otherwise--to stay in business. Matt Lehrman, former Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and Show Up dot com, explains the challenges and whether they can be overcome.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yumas mayor suing the city council
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park seeks to improve facilities
After years of budget cuts, officials at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, north of Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities.  Currently the park is operating solely from gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money to help state parks make improvements.
Sept. 20, 2013
Charter board: No problem with school using materials linked to Scientology
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology. A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
Sept. 20, 2013
Drought-affected businesses may qualify for federal loans
Some southwestern businesses affected by the ongoing drought may be eligible for federal loans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans to small, non-farm businesses in Arizona, and certain counties in California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS wont hear Arpaios appeal
The role of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pink underwear policy could be back in court soon as part of a wrongful death case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided today not to hear an appeal by Arpaio, making a re-trial more likely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Preparing for the Valleys violent dust storms
The Valley's violent dust storms may be a few months away, but the National Weather Service and Arizona Department of Transportation are trying to get people prepared.Tim Tait of ADOT and Ken Waters of the National Weather Service explain how quickly dust storms develop and how drivers should react.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona National Guard Faces Sequester Cuts
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget. The chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
Sept. 20, 2013
This Election Day sticker brought to you by ...
In the United States, more people say they vote in elections than actually do. One way to prove it is some physical evidence of visiting a polling place. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, perhaps the most common piece of proof is provided to Valley voters with help from a sponsor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valleys population still growing, but not as quickly
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
New proposal expected in sales tax simplification debate
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Michel Marizco
Michel Marizco serves as KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk Senior Field Correspondent in Tucson, AZ.  His work focuses on transnational trafficking syndicates, immigration, federal law enforcement and those weird, wild stories that make the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewers Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing
Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand access to healthcare for the poor in Arizona got its first hearing in front of the legislature Wednesday, two months after the governor first proposed growing the state’s Medicaid program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bathroom bill gets a makeover
Proposed legislation that would have made it a crime to use the wrong bathroom has been scrapped, but it’s being replaced by a new version. Representative Kavanagh revises the 'Bathroom Bill', his proposed amendment to bill S.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley physician is part of dream teams fighting cancer
Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of Scottsdale Healhcare and TGen spoke about efforts to cure cancer, including the dream teams of physicians coming together with complementary areas of expertise.Von Hoff was featured in the latest edition of Time Magazine in the cover story, "How to Cure Cancer.
Sept. 20, 2013

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