KJZZ News

Much of the Valley is drying out after a second night of monsoon storms. More than an inch of rain fell in some parts of the Valley. Flood Control engineers say many parts of the county are soaked. That could be a problem if there is more rain.
August 23, 2012
For a third night in a row, Arizona was hit by heavy rain. Sky Harbor recorded eight tenths of an inch. Other parts of the Valley saw well over an inch, like Scottsdale -- where a driver tried to cross a flooded wash and became trapped.
August 23, 2012
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
August 22, 2012
Jim Lehrer once noted that “the political conventions are among the few ‘shared’ national political events left.” If only this were still so.Americans don’t “share” the Conventions as they used to -- and the Parties are far from what they used to be.
August 22, 2012
Campaign finance filings show that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised almost $7.5 million dollars for his re-election bid. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports that out of state donors are helping his effort.
August 22, 2012
The City of Glendale and a group trying to reverse a newly imposed tax increase are scheduled to appear in court Thursday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports.In June, the Glendale City Council approved a 0.
August 22, 2012
Experts take a look at the effects on families and students when high schools charge them to play sports. Sarah Clark, research assistant professor for the University of Michigan, and Arizona Republic columnist Scott Bordow agree that charging students to play sports can have negative effects.
August 22, 2012
Three experts discuss why people protest and how the successes of protests are measured. Tom Jenney, the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity, and his fellow demonstrator. (Photo by Tracy Greer - KJZZ)Tom Jenney is the Arizona director of Americans for Prosperity, a group which organizes grassroots support for various causes.
August 22, 2012
A former state representative has been acquitted of domestic violence charges, about four months after being forced to resign his seat over the matter. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.   Daniel Patterson (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) MARK BRODIE: In February, most House Democrats signed onto an ethics complaint against their then-colleague, Daniel Patterson.
August 22, 2012
KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block explains the most controversial provision of SB 1070 and debates around the provision. Jim Small, editor at Arizona Capitol Times, explains why the Open Elections/Open Government Act didn’t get on the ballot.
August 22, 2012
The Valley was slammed by a pair of thunderstorms last night. Sky Harbor Airport recorded four tenths of an inch of precipitation, but other communities in the state saw heavier rainfall and more. Steady rain blanketed much of the Phoenix area.
August 22, 2012
Residents in the Florence area are being asked to boil their drinking water or used bottled water until further notice.Johnson Utilities, which provides water to the lower East Valley, has found traces of E.
August 22, 2012
  Sax player Wayne Shorter celebrates a birthday this week.  He started with Art Blakey, and played and composed for Miles Davis before starting his own bands, including the fusion band  Weather Report in the 70s.
August 21, 2012
African guitarist Lionel Lueke, has added his unique flavor to the recordings of Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter.  His new release incorporates African clicks and jazz fusion licks.
August 21, 2012
Allegiant Airlines announced nonstop service from Mesa to Hawaii starting early next year. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of continued expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.PETER O’DOWD: You can fly to Honolulu from Mesa three times a week, starting in February.
August 21, 2012
Federal regulators are trying to find out whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply through a Central California slaughterhouse near Fresno. Officials have shut down the facility after receiving an animal welfare video which shows workers mishandling the slaughter of cows that are struggling to walk or to even stand.
August 21, 2012
The Maricopa Medical Center is more than 40 years old. Administrators say they are spending up to millions of dollars a year to keep the leaking, cracking, aging building patched together.Wednesday afternoon the board that oversees the hospital will meet to decide what the future could be for the state’s only public hospital.
August 21, 2012
Governor Jan Brewer criticized comments made by Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Todd Akin about rape, but stopped short of joining other Republican officials in calling for him to drop out of the race. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
August 21, 2012
A recent inspection of commercial buses at Grand Canyon National Park removed more than two dozen from service. The two-day inspection of about 200 vehicles took place last week and included a check on drivers' credentials.
August 21, 2012
It may seem incongruous here in the desert, but compared to other major cities, water rates in Phoenix are a bargain.Ken Kroski of the Phoenix Water Services Department says effective planning and foresight on the part of water managers years ago are responsible.
August 21, 2012

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