KJZZ News

Voters to consider change to states primary elections
The signatures are in. Arizona voters will consider a major change to the way the state holds its primary elections. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reportsThursday was the deadline to get the primary initiative on November’s ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona?s Medicaid options
Two experts explain the current options that surround Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, and how the Affordable Care Act will affect the program. Sue Gerard, former director of the State Department of Health Services and current member of the board of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, says the current system is a bridge plan to keep the system running until 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Kyl defends Romney on Bain Capital issue
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is defending Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on claims his company, Bain Capital, outsourced jobs while he was still at the helm. On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Kyl said President Obama was stretching the truth in making the charges.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways could move to Texas if merger goes through
US Airways CEO Doug Parker confirmed to a National Press Club audience Wednesday that if his airline merges with American Airlines, the Valley would lose its only airline headquarters. Parker said the merged company would keep American's name and be headquartered in Texas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Delegating or distancing? Arpaio says decisions made by senior staff
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the witness stand Tuesday in the civil rights case against him. In his testimony Arpaio asserted he never ordered his staff to racially profile Hispanics. KJZZ's NAR was at the hearing in Phoenix and has this report.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hepatitis C scare could affect hundreds of patients
Health officials here in Arizona are urging hundreds of people to seek testing for hepatitis C. As KJZZ's Mark Moran reports, patients at hospitals in the city could have been exposed. Health officials are warning almost 300 people who were treated at two Phoenix hospitals that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C.
Sept. 20, 2013
Survivor of Mesa Sikh murder calls for gun control
Seven people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting broke out Sunday at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. Rana Singh Sodhi is a Mesa restaurant owner whose brother Balbir was killed after the Sept.
Sept. 20, 2013
Airline performance up on schedules, baggage
Good news for air travelers. You’re more likely to arrive on time with your luggage. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the airlines are on pace to have their best performance since 1984.Nearly 84 percent of domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in the first half of this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nations longest-serving female inmate released
Betty Smithey, 69, the nation’s longest-serving female inmate, was released from an Arizona prison Monday.  Smithey, who served 49 years in Goodyear’s Perryville State Prison, was convicted of the murder of 15-month-old Sandy Gerberick of Phoenix in 1963.
Sept. 20, 2013
State officials take off from Capitol in Blackhawk helicopter
Government and military representatives teamed up for a training exercise at the state Capitol this morning. Officials from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches were flown away in a Blackhawk helicopter that landed on the lawn of the memorial plaza across from the Capitol.
Sept. 20, 2013
An oasis of safety on the first day of school
Monday was the first day of class at St. Matthew in Phoenix. Chances are this little school is not like the one you send your kids to. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd visited the campus, about a mile west of downtown, and files this report.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court of Appeals hears Glendale sales tax issue
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Election drama set for primary
Arizona residents will vote in a primary election this week, and a few high-profile seats are on the line. U.S. Senator Jon Kyl is retiring, and sitting Republican Congressman Jeff Flake is trying to take his seat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ugly primary ends with Schweikert edging Quayle
Tuesday night, Arizona voters ended the brief congressional career of Republican Ben Quayle. He lost the 6th Congressional District primary by five points to fellow Congressman David Schweikert. KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block reports on the fierce election battle that pit two colleagues against each other.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural and urban Arizona working together
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns’ annual conference concludes today in Scottsdale. As KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports, the league’s president is focused on collaboration between rural and urban communities.
Sept. 20, 2013
The impact of NAFTA on Arizona
This year marks the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. It was intended to remove barriers to trade and provide an overall economic boom. Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Professor Arnold Maltz discusses NAFTA's impact on Arizona's trade with Mexico and the increasing trend of nearshoring, the practice of moving production plants from China to Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix to revamp ethics policies
The Phoenix City Council will consider a revamped ethics policy after a new task force finishes its work. As Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of an effort to increase government transparency. Phoenix City Hall (Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix)PETER O’DOWD: The city’s ethics policies haven’t been updated since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules on state trust land water rights
The state’s highest court has ruled in a case affecting water rights to the Little Colorado and Gila rivers.   The state of Arizona has long argued that Congress reserved water rights for state trust lands.
Sept. 20, 2013
New UA report shows trees damaged by drought
The fact that Arizona’s in a drought is not news. But, that drought’s impact on trees is. A new report from researchers at the University of Arizona shows higher temperatures and lack of moisture doesn’t just make life less pleasant for people, it can also kill trees in the Southwest.
Sept. 20, 2013

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