KJZZ News

State Lawmakers Work to Stay Ahead of Bath Salts
The State Senate this week could vote to add more chemical compounds to the list of those that are illegal.  It’s part of an effort to crack down on synthetic cathinones, which are often used to make a product known as “bath salts.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Unemployment Rate Flat
Arizona’s unemployment rate was flat last month, staying at 8.7 percent.  From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The state lost 3,000 jobs in December, adding 4,100 private sector positions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Giffords resigns House seat to focus on recovery
 WASHINGTON (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords has resigned from the House with a standing ovation from her colleagues, more than a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin.The Arizona Democrat formally resigned Wednesday after a series of tributes from her colleagues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Free tax help available for Arizonans
Whether you use an accountant, a computer program, or try to file your tax returns on your own, it can be a complicated and expensive process. But, the AARP Foundation, is providing tax free help. It'll start February 1st at eighty locations across the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio protesters walk out of Maricopa board meeting
Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stormed out of the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. The group wanted to participate in the special meeting that addressed the problems reported in a federal probe against sheriff’s office.
Sept. 20, 2013
Centennial Minute: Grand Canyon
This month, Arizona turns 100. KJZZ is marking the centennial each week in February with stories of our state’s history, people and places. We're calling it the Centennial Minute. This morning, authors and Arizona residents Fred DuVal and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger tell us about the early days of the state's most iconic natural landmark.
Sept. 20, 2013
Giffords aide, wounded in shooting, to run for her Congressional seat
The man who worked as deputy director for Gabrielle Giffords announced Thursday he will run for her open seat. But as KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reports, it’s still up in the air whether he will also run for the newly created Congressional District 2.
Sept. 20, 2013
The rich history of the Arizona Cactus League
Susie Steckner, author of Cactus League: Spring Training, talks about the history of the Cactus League and what spring training means to Arizona. Steckner says spring training has evolved a lot during the past 55 years, but one constant is that it’s always been about the fans.
Sept. 20, 2013
GOP budget clears first legislative hurdle
Legislative committees in the Arizona House and Senate today approved a budget plan crafted by GOP leaders. But the plan appears to be at odds with the proposal put forward last month by Governor Jan Brewer.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ bill aims to open more school playgrounds, fields
Arizona lawmakers are looking to make a deal with schools. They’re offering immunity from liability for the recreational use of school grounds, and are hoping that in exchange, schools will open up their playgrounds and fields during non-school hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mitt Romney wins the Arizona presidential preference election
Jaime Molera, partner in the Molera Alvarez group, and Fred DuVal, former chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, react to Mitt Romney winning the Arizona presidential preference election Tuesday. Molera says that Romney’s victory isn’t too shocking due to his resources and the endorsement of Governor Jan Brewer.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
House Ethics Committee to hear complaint against Patterson
The Arizona House of Representative’s Ethics Committee will meet this coming week to hear an ethics complaint filed against a Tucson Democrat. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Late last month, Democratic members of the House called on their colleague Daniel Patterson to resign.
Sept. 20, 2013
School administor enters recall election of Senator Pearce
A challenger in the recall election of senator Russell Pearce promises to run a clean campaign. Jerry Lewis formally announced his candidacy to a crowd of family and friends in Mesa this morning. But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports, he faces a difficult task in unseating the Senate President.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judicial nominees and Arizona?s judicial emergency
Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the compromise between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for judicial nominee voting.Tobias says that the current agreement excludes several excellent candidates, but new compromises can still be reached.
Sept. 20, 2013
Solar Summit looks at energy development
ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is holding a ‘Solar Summit’ today and tomorrow. The event will look at solar energy development in the southwest. Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert speaks with solar industry analyst MJ Shau, a senior analyst with Green Tech Media, to discuss the topic.
Sept. 20, 2013

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