KJZZ News

Loughner found competent, changes plea to guilty
Jared Loughner has pleaded guilty to 19 counts in the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner entered the plea Tuesday after a federal judge found him mentally competent, following months of forced treatment for schizophrenia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rate of early voting causes reduction in polling places
The rise in early voting has prompted Pima County to cut back on the number of polling places for the Aug. 28 primary election.Pima County officials say it's the first time the county has cut back on polling places.
Sept. 20, 2013
Intel building new Chandler plant
Intel Corporation today announced plans for a new research and development facility in Chandler. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports construction is already under way. The new facility is next to an existing Intel plant on east Chandler Boulevard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules top two primary initiative can appear on November ballot
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled an initiative that would create a so-called “top two” primary will appear on the November ballot, overturning a lower court decision. The "Open Elections/Open Government" measure would do away with the partisan primary system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix water rates lower than expected
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical transport van gets trapped in flooded Scottsdale wash
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lack of temporary pools could cause some desert animals to croak
When the summer monsoons come to the southwest, abundant runoff leads to major problems for cities — streets flood and temporary ponds appear that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Engineers try to contain and eliminate the water, and environmentalists try to recycle it, but some desert animals need these temporary pools to stick around.
Sept. 20, 2013
Toddler found malnourished, dehydrated in Mesa home
A 2-year-old Mesa girl has died after police say she was found malnourished and dehydrated in her home in more than 100-degree temperatures.The girl's 1-year-old brother, who was also in the home at the time, was hospitalized and will be placed by Child Protective Services after his release.
Sept. 20, 2013
More cases of Valley fever expected for Maricopa County
The official end of the Valley's monsoon season is two weeks away, but there still may be plenty of dust storms to come and more cases of Valley fever.Valley fever is a condition that hits Arizonans hard and is often misdiagnosed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale sales tax issue will be on the ballot
Glendale residents will get a chance vote on a sales tax initiative in November.The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a lower court ruling that placed the measure on the ballot.A group called Save Glendale Now backed the initiative, which was challenged by the city.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fiesta Bowl lobbyist takes plea deal
Former Fiesta Bowl lobbyist John MacDonald has agreed to plead guilty to one count of failure to report principal expenditures, a misdemeanor, entering into a deal with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fluoride in the Phoenix water supply
Putting fluoride in the public water supply began in earnest in the U.S. in the mid-20th century. The process was intended to reduce tooth decay and help lower-income people who found it more difficult to afford regular visits to the dentist.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT unveils system upgrades
The Arizona Department of Transportation is unveiling a new operations center it says brings the Valley's freeway system into the 21st century.  Dennis Lambert talked to ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel about the new system and how it will make driving easier for Arizona residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interview with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra CEO Jim Ward
KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra CEO Jim Ward about the group's upcoming season. Jim Ward (Photo by Platt Photography)The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra starts its new season on Thursday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two-day international border trade meeting in Tempe
High-ranking policy makers and business leaders from both sides of the United States-Mexico border are meeting in Tempe to discuss the next steps for the binational relationship. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block attended the two-day meeting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lester Pearce faces ethics charges
The state’s judicial conduct commission has filed ethics charges against former Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce. The accusations stem from alleged politicking during the recall effort of his brother – former state senator Russell Pearce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Size of Latino voting block increases
A new report shows the U.S. Latino voting block increased in the last four years. The growth is in the millions. Since 2008, the number of Latino registered voters increased by four million. The Pew Hispanic Center analyzed the most recent U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix construction jobs bouncing back
According to an analysis released Thursday, Phoenix ranks third in the country in number of construction jobs added over the last year. The Associated General Contractors of America analyzes job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sept. 20, 2013
NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos
NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos visited KJZZ to talk about his role as the network's listener advocate.
Sept. 20, 2013

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