KJZZ News

Hispanic population in last 10 years accounts for half of U.S. growth
There are 33.5 million Hispanics in the United States. That is according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million. People of Mexican origin make up 65 percent of the U.
Jun. 19, 2013
Outspoken Sen. Rich Crandall on the 2013 legislative session
State Sen. Rich Crandall, one of the early Republican supporters of Medicaid expansion, looks back at the 2013 session. Crandall plans to leave in the middle of his two-year term to pursue other plans, including State Schools Superintendent in Wyoming, but Crandall said he may come out of retirement to support other GOP legislative moderates.
Jun. 19, 2013
Glenn Hamer and Dana Naimark give state lawmakers high marks
The issue of Medicaid expansion made the 2013 legislative session a contentious one, but Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer and Childrens Action Alliance President and CEO Dana Naimark both give the legislature high marks for the expansion, increased funding for Child Protective Services and business-friendly bills.
Jun. 19, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Jun. 19, 2013
Diamondbacks will travel to Australia next spring
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be spending part of their 2014 Spring Training in Australia. Team President Derrick Hall said the trip will help the organization's international branding.Cactus League President Mark Coronado said the league will still do well even without the popular Diamondbacks for a couple of weeks.
Jun. 19, 2013
Beating the heat with an afternoon run in Scottsdale
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
Jun. 19, 2013
Franks
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is pleased his bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Franks says he believes the tide has turned since the Supreme Court's Roe v.
Jun. 19, 2013
High winds a concern for wildfire near Prescott
Firefighters in north central Arizona are concerned about high winds whipping the flames of the Doce Fire on Wednesday.  The area, about eight miles northwest of Prescott, is under a Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidity, according to meteorologist Valerie Myers of the National Weather Service.
Jun. 19, 2013
GOP Congress members introduce bill allowing states to verify a voter
Four Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation have introduced a bill that would allow states to verify a voter’s citizenship status.  Tucson Congressman Ron Barber (KJZZ file photo ) It is a reaction to this week’s U.
Jun. 18, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency to review Apache power plant
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to review a clean air plan submitted by owners of the Apache Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The move is considered unusual for the EPA, because it may allow the plant to install less expensive technology than required by the federal government.
Jun. 18, 2013
Flake and Texas Senator John Cornyn seek common ground on immigration reform bill
The US Senate is in its second week of debate on the immigration reform bill, and there is a lot of discussion taking place behind the scenes. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, one of the eight who drew up the bill, has been meeting with Texas Senator John Cornyn, who wants the border security section of the measure strengthened, but Flake does not believe Cornyn is trying to jeopardize passage.
Jun. 18, 2013
School bus collides with SUV, sparks investigation
Sheriff's deputies in Coconino County are investigating the collision of a school bus and an SUV, east of Flagstaff, Monday. Spokesman Gerry Blair said there are a number of issues to resolve before a decision is made about whether citations will be issued.
Jun. 18, 2013
New Navajo Route 20 will provide easier travel around US Highway 89
Workers in northern Arizona have begun paving a road on the Navajo Nation that will provide a temporary route around a section of US Highway 89, south of Page, which has been closed due to a landslide.
Jun. 18, 2013
Phoenix public relations firm creates new Boeing 787 virtual view
Boeing’s new 787 jets suffered a public relations nightmare earlier this year after the planes' batteries caught fire. A Phoenix company has developed a tool to help Boeing overcome its bad publicity.
Jun. 17, 2013
Gay marriage supporters launch signature campaign
Gay marriage supporters launched a campaign Monday to change the state constitution’s definition of marriage. Equal Marriage Arizona is trying to collect more than 400,000 signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for next year.
Jun. 17, 2013
Local leaders want Arizona to reinstate denied federal voter forms
Voting rights advocates praised the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The high court ruled that the state cannot require additional documents beyond what a federal form calls for.
Jun. 17, 2013
Gov. Brewer signs Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer said she is glad the political fight over Medicaid expansion is finally over. The governor signed legislation Monday that adds 300,000 low-income people to state Medicaid under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Jun. 17, 2013
Arizona voter registration rule struck down
The United States Supreme Court ruled today on a case from Arizona that could impact elections around the country. The court found Arizona cannot impose its own requirements on federal voter registration forms.
Jun. 17, 2013
Lindsey Graham: Congress will pass immigration reform
One of the authors of a bipartisan Senate immigration proposal South Carolina's Lindsey Graham says he believes the measure will be approved. “I think we're going to have a political break through, that congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham said.
Jun. 17, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Jun. 17, 2013

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