An increasing number of Arizonans have enrolled in a federal health care plan even as the U-S Supreme Court determines its fate. Since January, almost 500 people have been accepted into the state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a 25-percent jump.
Tucson will be allowed to continue holding partisan city elections, after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Tucson sued the state, after the legislature in 2009 approved a law that banned cities from holding partisan elections.
Jon Kyl is retiring, opening up a Senate seat in Arizona for the first time since 1994. Kyl talks about his final goals and answers listener questions. KJZZ's Here and Now host Steve Goldstein and Senator Jon Kyl prepare for the show.
Former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Lisa Aubuchon is appealing her disbarment. Aubuchon and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were stripped of their legal licenses last week. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
A bill that would require booster seats for some Arizona car passengers is advancing in the state legislature.MARK BRODIE: The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require kids younger than eight, and shorter than 4-9 to sit in booster seats while riding in cars.
One of the state’s most popular lottery games is going to cost more starting Jan. 15 . Lottery officials say winning tickets will pay more too. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: A ticket for the Powerball lottery will now cost $2.
Many Arizona workers are getting a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage goes up today to $7.65. KJZZ’s Al Macias explains. Arizona voters approved a state minimum wage in 2006 that is not tied to the federal rate of $7.
Earth Day was marked Sunday across the U.S. It was started in 1970 and is considered by many to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. KJZZ's Bri Valdivia reports.Earth Day and Arbor Day highlight ways to think about our environmental impact, and acts as a way to get people to consider the habits they have year-round.
The Mesa Arts Center is getting a $58,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As KJZZ's Terry Ward reports from Phoenix, the money will help fund the Center's 'Jazz from A to Z' program.TERRY WARD: 'Jazz from A to Z' promotes music courses for junior high and high school students, funds workshops for teachers and students and will sponsor a jazz festival next April.
Around 22,000 low-income kids will now be able to get health care, through Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program, known as Kids Care. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The state has frozen enrollment in KidsCare since 2010.
Arizona will receive close to $2 million, as part of $100 million multi-state settlement with Abbott Laboratories. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Forty-five states and the federal government alleged Abbott marketed its drug, Depakote, for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The city of Mesa will break ground on the new spring training home for the Chicago Cubs on July 11. A rendering of the mezzanine view at the proposed 15,000-seat stadium in Mesa. (Rendering courtesy City of Mesa)From the KJZZ newsroom, I’m Al Macias.
A federal judge has denied the City of Tombstone an emergency request to repair its water system in the Huachuca Mountains. The 130-year old system was badly damaged by floods and wildfires last year. From Phoenix, Al Macias reports.
After the sun sets and the lights go out in the newsroom, KJZZ Music Director and Host Blaise Lantana and her team take over the 91.5 airwaves to share the cool sounds of classic jazz.Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster.
Candidates running for office this year are facing a deadline of this afternoon to turn in their petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie has more.MARK BRODIE: Today is the deadline for candidates to file their petition signatures to get on the ballot in this year’s election.
State officials say about 2,100 low income children have so far enrolled in the new Kids Care II program, with many more applications pending. That’s as of the end of last week. This spring, three Arizona hospitals announced plans to combine their money, and draw down federal cash to fund the program for around 22,000 kids overall.
The federal government is feeling pressure from animal activists and Congressman Raul Grijalva over its wild burro roundup in Southern Arizona. A wild burro north of Artillery Peak in Alamo Herd Management Area of Arizona.
The Downtown Phoenix arts district, Roosevelt Row, has received a $150,000 development grant. The money will go toward so-called arts based placemaking. Tuesday, Roosevelt Row announced it won a grant from a group called ArtPlace, a collaboration between major foundations, banks, and the federal government.
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