KJZZ News

Most medical marijuana applicants want to grow their own
More than 22,000 Arizonans have applied for and received permission from the Department of Health Services to use medical marijuana.  And the vast majority, some 85 percent, are requesting to grow their own.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flu cases rising fast in Arizona
Arizona is nearing the end of flu season, but the past few weeks have brought a spike in reported cases.There have been over 1,100 cases of influenza reported in Arizona in the current flu season, and nearly a third of those were reported last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona prepares for online health exchange
Arizona is one of 26 states challenging the requirement of individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine under the federal health reform law. But that isn’t preventing the state from moving forward with a key aspect of the law.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Hospital & Healthcare Association drops lawsuit
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association has dropped its lawsuit against the state. The group had sued over a 5 percent cut in the reimbursement rate from the state for hospitals and physicians treating Medicaid patients.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rising Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci
(Tempe, AZ) - Blaise Lantana sat down with trumpeter Dominick Farinacci to talk about his start in music and his unique sound. He also gives advice for budding trumpet players and how he is bringing kids up close and personal with music.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young Americans are driving less, using public transit more
Young people are driving less now than they were just a few years ago. The cost of gasoline and social media are two of the factors according to a study released today. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.  AL MACIAS: For the first time since World War II, all Americans are driving less.
Sept. 20, 2013
Back-and-forth between DOJ, MCSO could lead to court
The war of words between the Department of Justice and Maricopa County officials continues. DOJ has been conducting a civil rights investigation into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Last week the County Attorney’s office sent a letter requesting information about the federal investigation into the sheriff’s office.
Sept. 20, 2013
State to begin accepting medical marijuana dispensary applications
The State of Arizona has announced it will start accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries May 14. The applications will be accepted through May 25. Earlier, Dennis Lambert talked with Sunny Singh, who runs a WeGrow store in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Z?calo Public Square May 2 - Can Sprawling Cities Find Their Centers?
For decades, we worried about urban blight. Today, we worry about suburban blight. More and more Americans want to live in dense, walkable cities, not in spread-out suburbs. But many U.S. cities, particular western cities, grew fastest during an age when Americans wanted to live in suburban houses with large lots and two-car garages.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Supreme Court to governor: No grounds to remove redistricting chair
The Arizona Supreme Court says Governor Jan Brewer had no constitutional grounds to remove the Chairperson of the Independent Redistricting Commission last year. The court reinstated Colleen Mathis in November to the panel.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor wont push for reclassification of medical marijuana
Governor Jan Brewer is refusing to take the steps taken by some other U.S. governors to address an issue raised by the state's medical marijuana program. But, one state lawmaker has his own idea how to deal with at least some of that refusal.
Sept. 20, 2013
County attorney: Confusing laws to blame in Fiesta Bowl filings
No lawmakers or lobbyists will be charged with breaking any laws after an eight-month investigation by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.  Prosecutors and investigators looked into whether 28 lawmakers failed to properly report out-of-town trips paid for by the Fiesta Bowl.
Sept. 20, 2013
Analyzing the SB 1070 arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court
A bevy of political experts give analysis of the Supreme Court's reaction to SB 1070 and the arguments for and against it. They also discuss the political ramifications of supporting or overturning the bill.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dennis Lambert
In the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pearce supporters trying to pass recall reimbursement measure
Arizona lawmakers are making one last push to reimburse former State Senate President Russell Pearce for the expenses he incurred in last year's recall election. The state constitution includes a provision for a public payment of the "reasonalbe special election campaign expenses" in a recall, but it never makes clear what a "reasonable" expense is.
Sept. 20, 2013
Z?calo Public Square May 21 - Can Israel Save Its Democracy?
By many measures, Israel has never been stronger or healthier. Its GDP continues to rise, its population continues to increase, and its defense capabilities continue to improve. And yet Zionism today is in crisis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Comic performance to benefit Bill of Rights monument project
Some of the nation’s best-known comedians will take the stage Sunday in Phoenix in a performance to benefit a Bill of Rights monument planned for Wesley Bolin Plaza. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire expert discusses the Gladiator Fire
The Gladiator Fire has now charred more than 5,400, about 60 miles north of Phoenix. Thursday could be a critical day for firefighters, according to wildfire expert Jim Paxon of Arizona Game and Fish.The blaze, which started on private property and is 5 percent contained, is burning across the Prescott National Forest, near Crown King, Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Fewer illegal immigration bills introduced so far in 2012 than 2011
A new report finds states introduced and approved fewer bills dealing with illegal immigration during the first quarter of this year than last. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The National Conference of State Legislatures says there was a 44 percent drop in the number of bills and resolutions introduced during that time period.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale fireworks ban takes effect
Another city is banning the use of fireworks. Glendale’s ordinance takes effect Friday just as the Memorial Day weekend gets under way. State law allows for the sale of consumer fireworks throughout Arizona, but that doesn’t mean they are legal to use everywhere.
Sept. 20, 2013

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