KJZZ News

The presence of independent expenditure groups in the current election season has been dominant, with millions of dollars flowing in for and against candidates and ballot measures. The Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership has been directing money against Proposition 204—the so-called quality education and jobs initiative—and Proposition 121, also known as open elections/open government.
October 31, 2012
The city of Mesa has attracted university branches and a new library honoring former Senator Barry Goldwater. It’s also a prime player in the Valley’s light rail system and broke ground on a new entertainment district this week.
October 31, 2012
A proposition on the Arizona ballot in this election challenges the federal government’s control over state lands. The proposition calls for the state to manage all of its own public resources. It would amend a provision in place since Arizona became a state.
October 31, 2012
A new report from ASU shows median home prices in the Phoenix area were flat between August and September, at $150,000. But, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, other numbers may provide reasons for optimism about the housing market.
October 31, 2012
FBI agents allege Arizona Attorney General Tom Honre left the scene of a minor car crash because he was having an affair with a female employee, who was in the car he was driving and didn't want their relationship reported.
October 31, 2012
We’re in the playoffs now, where cities compete for the gold crown, and winning requires that you field the best of your players, move the bases, and hit strategic home runs.It’s not baseball I’m talking about, however, but the great perennial contest among metropolitan areas for competitive advantage -- for high ratings as winning places where businesses and families want to live, work, play, and stay.
October 31, 2012
 Hear some seriously spooky music, like the Monster Mash, Witchy Woman and some Old Black Magic for Halloween tonight at 8 and then at 9 enjoy the latest new releases by saxophonist Houston Person with his friend drummer Lewis Nash, and a  bluesy new CD from vocalist Lavern Baker.
October 30, 2012
Twenty five people have died and hundreds more have contracted fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections. As KJZZ's Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports, two Arizona residents are linked to the outbreak.
October 30, 2012
Arizonans could be heading east, to help with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: FEMA has put the Phoenix Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team on stand-by alert, which means it could be deployed.
October 30, 2012
A citizen advisory panel has recommended sterilizing some of the wild horses and burros that live on federal land in the West. The Bureau of Land Management already uses vaccines to slow down horse reproduction and rounds them up for adoption, but there are thousands of those horses in captivity.
October 30, 2012
The East Coast is struggling to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. And one of the major impacts has involved air transportation. Airports are closed, flights being canceled throughout the northeast.
October 30, 2012
Trumpeter Clifford Brown died young but left an amazing legacy of bebop and ballads.  Hear what makes his sound so special tonight at 9.  Plus you'll hear the latest from Latin groove master Poncho Sanchez tonight on the 9 O'clock Special.
October 29, 2012
When we get back to jazz on Friday night we'll groove with sax man Lou Donaldson who is best known for his soulful, bluesy approach to playing the alto Sax. Hear the best of Lou Donaldson from his work with Clifford Brown and Art Blakey to some Sassy Soul Strut, Friday night with Blaise Lantana on the 9 O'clock Special.
October 29, 2012
The powerful impact that Hurricane Sandy is having on air travel could affect carriers and travelers for a few days after the storm has passed. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.LYNN KELLY: The intense winds and damaging downpour from Sandy have led to thousands of canceled flights—domestic and international.
October 29, 2012
The number of people voting early in Maricopa County continues to increase.  Early voting ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Elections officials say more than 400,00 early ballots had been returned as of mid-day Friday.
October 29, 2012
PHOENIX (Associated Press) — Police agencies in Arizona have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars training officers to enforce the state's 2010 immigration law, despite claims from supporters that it wasn't going to cost much extra for the state's 15,000 officers to carry out the statute.
October 29, 2012
The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office is launching a Spanish-language voter awareness program, in hopes of avoiding possible confusion about the date of the Nov. 6 general election. This comes after County Recorder Helen Purcell announced that two pieces of printed information with the incorrect date had been distributed.
October 26, 2012
Valley Metro is asking for feedback on proposed fare increases on public transit. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with ASU's Aaron Golub about what the 25-50 cent rise in fares might mean for passengers, and for the transit agency itself.
October 26, 2012
Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander has taken the unusual step of officially setting up a committee to help in his efforts to keep his job. He’s up for retention on the current ballot, and several groups are encouraging voters to kick him off the state’s high court.
October 26, 2012
More bad news for the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL is ready to cancel games through the end of November. Meantime, the Coyotes continue to be owned by the League, with prospective owner Greg Jamieson unable to close the deal, because of the player lockout and efforts by the City of Glendale to rework its 20-year, $324 million deal with him.
October 26, 2012

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