KJZZ News

Bipartisan group in the U.S. House agrees on immigration reform proposal
A bipartisan immigration reform proposal is making its way through the U.S. Senate, and now a House group is on the verge of unveiling its own package.The group of four Democratic and four Republican representatives say it has reached a deal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Community College District Governing Board to vote on property tax levy
The governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District will vote Tuesday evening on whether to raise the property tax levy by 2 percent.For property owners, on average, this would mean a tax increase of $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tobin wants to know if legislators support Brewers Medicaid plan
Closed-door budget talks are continuing at the state capitol, but House Speaker Andy Tobin says progress is slow. Tobin thinks it's time to find out if members support a Medicaid expansion plan Governor Jan Brewer is demanding be part of the budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler puts chicken issue on pause
Chandler has put off deciding whether to allow chickens within city limits. The city council decided more time was needed for city staff to do research on the urban chicken question. Chandler chicken lovers will have to wait and see whether the city will permit the birds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Giffords gives emotional graduation address
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke at a university graduation in New York Saturday. The former U.S. Representative says the future of today's college graduates "shines bright." Giffords spoke for 80 seconds at Bard’s College’s commencement and urged graduates to “be bold, be courageous, be your best.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of Lit Lounge
The arts community around the Valley continues to shake things up with new, forward-thinking programs. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is right out front. KJZZ commentator Robrt Pela had this perspective on an ongoing series called "Lit Lounge.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson City Council approves new gun policies
Tucson City Council passed two gun control ordinances Wednesday. The ordinances are opposed by gun rights advocates who say they violate an individual’s constitutional rights.One measure would fine anyone in Tucson $100 if they fail to report to police the loss or theft of a gun within 48 hours from the time it went missing.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Celeste and Peggy Plumlee
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Airways merger with American Airlines moves closer to completion
A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge has cleared the way for American Airlines’ creditors to vote on a merger with Tempe-based U.S. Airways.Judge Sean Lane has approved American Airlines’ parent AMR Corporation’s description of its restructuring plan, including the merger with U.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Jenny Rose and Mark Teismann
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Herb Paine: Political Priorities and Medicaid Expansion
Our politics is stuck in a crossfire of proverbs that have increasingly little to do with solving the real problems of real people. •    A penny saved is a penny earned! •    You must spend money to make money! •    Be the change that you wish to see in the world! •    Don’t tread on me! Each adage reflects a world view that has weaved its way into the mind sets of our policy makers and polarized them but done little to create practical solutions that are advancing Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nuns on the Bus visit sparks rally
Crowds formed near the intersection of Camelback Road and 22nd Street in Phoenix on Wednesday as a group of Catholic nuns climbed down from a large tour bus for a scheduled visit to the offices of U.S.
Sept. 20, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chickens that sparked Chandler controversy now missing
A flock of hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban has gone missing. Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
Sept. 20, 2013
Artlink holds its annual meeting
The Phoenix arts organization, Artlink, will gather its volunteers and community members Wednesday night to discuss upcoming plans for "First Fridays" and "Third Fridays," two of its major efforts. Artlink Interim Co-President Catrina Kahler talked about the annual meeting and the organization's mission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Court wont hear Arizona domestic partner case
It was a far less dramatic decision than earlier rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, but the U.S. Supreme Court quietly declined Thursday to hear an appeal from Gov. Jan Brewer in a case with a complicated history.
Sept. 20, 2013
Negotiations continue for Valley Metro operators
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
Sept. 20, 2013

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