KJZZ News

A new study shows that traffic congestion across the U.S. dropped by 30 percent in 2011 over the previous year.   The report says increased fuel prices and fewer drivers are two key factors. It says many people are driving less because they are unemployed or have stopped looking for work.
May 22, 2012
The Census Bureau has just released a survey of the 2010 population count. It showed the census was accurate to 1/100 of 1 percent. That’s about 36,000 people that were overcounted. The study also showed that African Americans and Latinos were undercounted in the 2010 census.
May 22, 2012
A majority of small business owners say attracting new customers is key to surviving a competitive market. Many owners are turning to social media, like Facebook and Twitter to grow their business. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.
May 22, 2012
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.
May 22, 2012
Changing demographics across the Southwest are challenging assumptions about the electorate. Fronteras: the Changing America Desk will explore how these changes may impact the 2012 election during Fronteras Vote 2012, a live, call-in special-- 11 a.
May 21, 2012
The Glendale City Council will vote Monday night on how to close a $35 million shortfall in next year’s budget. The city laid off 49 employees last week. Monday night the council will consider raising property, sales and hotel bed taxes.
May 21, 2012
For the first time in more than a decade, visitors can walk the grounds of one of Tempe’s oldest buildings. The fence around the historic Hayden Flour Mill is coming down and the open space around it will be open to the public.
May 21, 2012
Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle says to stop narcotics from flowing across the border, the U.S. government must be as innovative, flexible and nimble as Mexican drug cartels. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports on a Congressional hearing held Monday in Phoenix.
May 21, 2012
The most active wildfire burning in Arizona, the Gladiator Fire north of Crown King, has charred more than 13,000 acres since breaking out last Sunday.  More than 1,100 fire personnel are battling the fire, which is 15 percent contained.
May 21, 2012
Arizona Senator John McCain says it shouldn’t be a surprise that Arizona is dealing with wildfires this year. And, he says he’s confident the state will have enough federal resources to deal with this year’s fire season.
May 18, 2012
Lynn Kelly is the midday host from Monday-Thursday and the Weekend Edition host on Sunday. She first started with KBAQ in 1996 and made the move to KJZZ in 1999. Lynn KellyLynn celebrated 25 years in radio in 2012, and has worked for six radio stations, both in news and other formats.
May 18, 2012
Laura Palmisano joined the KJZZ news team in 2012 to serve as a Morning Edition producer.  Palmisano has a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in sustainability from Arizona State University.
May 18, 2012
The Maricopa County Treasurer is trying to block a near-million-dollar payment to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. A federal court ordered the payment last week, but County Treasurer Charles Hoskins wants to know if he should have a say in the matter.
May 18, 2012
Arizona Senator John McCain says the U.S. Supreme Court case that led to unlimited independent campaign expenditures will lead to scandals. He also called the court’s decision in the Citizens United case “uninformed.
May 18, 2012
  Map of the Gladiator Fire as of Friday, May 18. (Map courtesy of Southwest Coordination Center) DENNIS LAMBERT: The Gladiator Fire burning near Crown King, Ariz. has grown to nearly 8,000 acres, but firefighters say the bulk of the growth Thursday was away from the town.
May 18, 2012
Arizona has reached an interim settlement with the plaintiffs in a decades-old lawsuit over how well the state serves the seriously mentally ill.  From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports. STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Arnold v.
May 18, 2012
Tempe Councilman Mark Mitchell will be the next mayor of Tempe.Following the release of unofficial results by the Maricopa County Elections Department, Mitchell's opponent Michael Monti conceded. Mitchell has 11,351 votes compared to Monti's 11,212.
May 18, 2012
Nearly 50 employees with the City of Glendale are losing their jobs. City leaders say the slow economy and the city’s debt to the National Hockey League forced the cuts. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
May 18, 2012
Arizona’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent in April, to 8.2 percent. But, only about half of that is due to more people finding jobs. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: The state added 9,300 non-farm jobs last month.
May 17, 2012
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.
May 17, 2012

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