KJZZ News

Navy to name vessel after Yuma
The Navy is naming its latest vessel after the city of Yuma. The USNS Yuma will be a Joint High-Speed Vessel. The Navy says Joint High-Speed Vessels are transport vehicles that serve in support of overseas operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and special operations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer calls lawmakers into special session
Members of the Arizona House of Representatives expected to be off work until Thursday—until Governor Jan Brewer decided to call them into special session last night.The legislature had adjourned for the day, but the Governor called a special session on the state budget and a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to three hundred thousand additional low income residents in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border rescues increase as temperatures rise
As temperatures rise on the Arizona desert, Border Patrol agents say they are getting more and more calls about undocumented immigrants, in trouble.  Spokesman Brent Cagen said agents have assisted 177 people in the last 30 days, 52 of them in the past week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sales tax reform is a governors signature away
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple filings down to just one form.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes keep their coach
The Phoenix Coyotes will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three times in his four seasons as coach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Courts affirmative action decision will not affect Arizona
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting prepared for sizzling Valley temperatures
Valley temperatures are expected to climb to 118 degrees by Saturday.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Waters said the very hot highs may give way to our first dose of monsoon-related humidity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe streetcar feedback deadline
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weekend heat sets energy use record
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
Sept. 20, 2013
Examining the impact of the U.S. Airways-American Airlines merger on Phoenix
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Jonscott Williams and Imani Williams-Vaughn
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sand Volleyball Arrives At Arizona State University
Women’s sand volleyball is coming to Arizona State University next spring. The athletic department is still making plans to build courts on campus, but players have already signed up for tryouts. Women's sand volleyball will be a welcome addition to ASU athletics next spring.
Sept. 20, 2013
Targeting The RINOs
The road to Medicaid expansion in Arizona was full of potholes and detours but ultimately reached the finish line. But for a group of Republicans who went against their party’s majority on the issue, their ultimate reward might be a primary defeat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Gets Good Grade for Financial Literacy
Arizona gets a good grade in a new report on how well states teach financial literacy to high school students. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College gives Arizona a "B" for its efforts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Summer Heat A Challenge For Valley Restaurants
When it is 115 degrees outside or 105 degrees with rising humidity, you may not want to heat up your kitchen by cooking in the oven, and firing up the barbecue is not a refreshing way to spend the afternoon, either.
Sept. 20, 2013
Passengers Stuck On Grounded Valley Flight Wednesday
Allegiant Air is facing criticism for a two-hour delay Wednesday that left passengers stuck onboard with little air conditioning. The airline said the delay at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was necessary for safety reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT Business Signs To Pop Up In Urban Areas
The Arizona Department of Transportation is bringing those large blue signs advertising services ahead for travelers on rural highways to urban areas this fall. Spokeswoman Laura Douglas says there are 300 exits in four metro areas where the signs will go up.
Sept. 20, 2013

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