KJZZ News

Bill to ban texting while driving is defeated
This week the texting while driving ban was defeated in a 31-28 vote. Thirty five states currently have distracted driving laws. We take a look at whether Arizona may join them in the future.Arizona House minority leader Steve Farley thinks that the bill won’t die due to a growing bipartisan following.
Mar. 7, 2012
Lawmakers seek power in Arizona Corporation Commission decisions
One of the bills gaining momentum in the state legislature would give the governor and lawmakers more control over some of the decisions made by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Some argue the law is unconstitutional, but supporters say they’re merely trying to set up a system of checks and balances.
Mar. 7, 2012
Arizona Mayors: Keep local decisions local
Mayors of cities and towns from Arizona are calling on state lawmakers to not interfere with local decisions. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. Mayors, from left: Jonathan Rothschild (Tucson), Doug Von Gausig (Clarkdale), Greg Stanton (Phoenix), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Elaine Scruggs (Glendale).
Mar. 7, 2012
Interview with Wayne Messmer
KJZZ's Michele Robins interviews Wayne Messmer, a Chicago jazz vocalist known in the sports world for his rendition of the National Anthem. Messmer discusses his new album, "So Lucky to be Loving You," recorded with pianist Judy Roberts.
Mar. 7, 2012
Chandler schools will soon see effect of new USDA meal guidelines
New federal guidelines for school meals will take effect starting with the next school year. As KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports, the idea is to better address the national epidemic of childhood obesity. TERRY WARD: The USDA announced last month new guidelines for nutrition that will get more whole grains, fruits and vegetables on school breakfast and lunch trays.
Mar. 6, 2012
Arizona Memories: Snow at the Canyon
As we continue to celebrate Arizona's 100th year, we reached out to you to share your favorite Arizona memories. This story is about a woman who received a chilly reception when she first arrived. Marion Durham came to Arizona in 1967.
Mar. 6, 2012
Proposed Arizona photo radar ban defeated
For the second time this week, the Arizona Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal that would have asked voters to prohibit the state and its cities and towns from using photo enforcement systems. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Mar. 6, 2012
Gov. Brewer pushes budget priorities
Budget talks between the legislature and governor have restarted, after the governor broke them off late last month. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: After state lawmakers passed their budget proposal out of their respective committees, Governor Brewer called it “reckless.
Mar. 6, 2012
Grand Canyon mule massage is more than a roll in the hay
Anyone who’s ever hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back knows the trek is usually followed by a couple of days of sore muscles. But, no creature probably knows that better than the Canyon’s legendary pack mules.
Mar. 6, 2012
Brian Skerry
KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with photojournalist and National Geographic explorer Brian Skerry about his love of the sea, including why he thinks oceans have "souls."
Mar. 5, 2012
New apartments to serve downtown Phoenix community
One of the many vacant lots in Downtown Phoenix is under development. Two new apartment buildings will provide a home to college students and people who work downtown. A rendering of the courtyard of the proposed north building to be built in Downtown Phoenix by developer Concord Eastridge.
Mar. 5, 2012
Online retail tax fight heats up on Arizona returns
If you live in Arizona, you better start saving your receipts. A new line on the state's tax return is asking people how much shopping they've done out of state. The idea was to recoup millions in lost revenue from online retailers.
Mar. 5, 2012
Birthday gift ensures more birthdays for pets at no-kill shelter
A special birthday gift to a spouse ends up benefitting thousands of animals served by the no-kill shelter of the Arizona Animal Welfare League. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports. A puppy takes advantage of shelter services at the Sonia Breslow Adoption Center.
Mar. 5, 2012
Padres, Mariners to stay in Peoria until 2034
The City of Peoria announced Monday they have reached a new long-term agreement that will keep the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners in Peoria for spring training for the next two decades. The Peoria Sports Complex will continue to serve as the spring training and player development home for the two teams until 2034.
Mar. 5, 2012
More signs point to housing market turnaround
Another report is out pointing to a rebound in the Valley’s housing market. Analysts at Clear Capital say foreclosures are down and housing prices are up. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.  TERRY WARD: The picture is still pretty depressing if you look at the housing market nationwide -- prices still are falling.
Mar. 5, 2012
Shutdown of criminal activity could affect personal computers
DENNIS LAMBERT: Your computer could be facing a major problem this week. Ken Colburn, CEO of Tempe based Data Docs, says the problem is likely to come Thursday as servers on so-called ‘botnets’ that were sending surfers to bogus websites, are shut down for good.
Mar. 5, 2012
AZ Congressional races shaping up to be competitive
The fields for Arizona’s Congressional races are starting to take shape, and political observers say several of them appear to be competitive. Congressional redistricting has created questions about who will represent Arizona at the U.
Mar. 5, 2012
New traffic ramps on SR 143 to open
DENNIS LAMBERT: Access to Sky Harbor Airport just got easier with the opening this morning of new ramps carrying traffic directly out of Sky Harbor airport on the southbound 143. KJZZ’s Terry Ward joins me in studio.
Mar. 5, 2012

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