KJZZ News

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
Which election issues will change your life?
We know every voter is unique. So which issues will have a direct impact on your life? Maybe it's military spending, healthcare changes, immigration or tax policy, or even a local school referendum.
Sept. 20, 2013
Democratic congressional candidate Kyrsten Sinema
Arizona's new 9th Congressional District is considered the most competitive in the state and is rated a toss-up by a number of national analysts. It includes Tempe, south Scottsdale, west Mesa and parts of Chandler and Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed entertainment district for downtown Mesa
The city of Mesa will hold a public meeting Wednesday night on a proposed entertainment district for its downtown area. City officials say they want to increase nightlife in downtown Mesa.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert spoke with David Short, executive director of the Downtown Mesa Association, about the proposed entertainment district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court Justice fighting to keep his job
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Whats in store for the Suns?
For decades, the Phoenix Suns were the most popular sports franchise in the state. Even occasional down years didn't lead to too many fans jumping off the bandwagon. But as the team gets ready to tip off the 2012-13 season tonight against the Golden State Warriors, there are many more questions than answers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona wildlife agency wants jaguar designated land proposal withdrawn
The Arizona’s environmental agency says a southwest area being requested as a critical habitat for a wild cat is not necessary.In August, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that 1,300 acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico be designated as a critical habitat for jaguars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Record turnout of Latino voters could set tone for future elections
One of the key factors for President Barack Obama's re-election was the support of Latino voters across the country. Here in Arizona, several groups worked to register Latino voters. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert and Al Macias discussed what was learned from yesterday's election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Small group of doctors sign off on most medical marijuana
The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued its first annual report on the state’s medical marijuana program. The department’s director says he’s struck by the small number of doctors who have written a large percentage of the program’s certifications.
Sept. 20, 2013
FDA on Sunland contamination
The Food and Drug Administration says a New Mexico peanut company linked to a recent salmonella outbreak distributed peanut and almond butters even after testing showed the products were contaminated. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Childrens book author wants to combat nightmares
Children's book author Judy Laufer. (Photo by Dennis Lambert - KJZZ)Getting the kids to bed can be a struggle. And that’s especially the case if they have fears that keep them from sleeping. But Arizona author Judy Laufer wants to change all that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana goes to school
A university in Northern California has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.Humboldt State University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.
Sept. 20, 2013
After Historic Downturn, Is It Finally Time For Recovery?
It's been half a decade of misery for many Americans who have lost their homes, their retirement, and their jobs to the Great Recession. But there are signs of recovery, too. We want to hear your story -- maybe you finally found a good job, or retirement seems possible again, or you're climbing back from bankruptcy, or your house regained its value.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to consider changes to election system
The Arizona legislature will be looking at proposed changes to the state's election system when their session starts in January.State lawmakers Michele Reagan (R-Scottsdale) and Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) agree it's important to make those changes in 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Operation Fast and Furious investigation winding down
The government's investigation into the gunwalking program Operation Fast and Furious is wrapping up, with the sentencing Wednesday of some of the final suspects. But major questions remain about why federal officials decided allowing guns to be carried across the border was a good policy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Electoral college vote brings finality to 2012 election
As part of the nation's electoral college vote this morning, Arizona's 11 Republican presidential electors cast their votes for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket at the state capitol. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports this final ceremony means the 2012 general election is officially behind us.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona agency warns airport scales not always accurate
Holiday travel is picking up, and one state agency is warning airline passengers to watch out when they weigh their bags. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Inspectors from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures checked out scales in 22 terminals at Sky Harbor, Mesa Gateway and Tucson International airports earlier this month.
Sept. 20, 2013

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