KJZZ News

Mohave County Sheriffs Office to patrol Colorado City
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is giving more than $400,000 to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office to pay for patrols in Colorado City. He says it's needed because the town’s police department is effectively controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans to lose unemployment benefits this month
Some Arizonans could lose their unemployment benefits later this month, because of the state’s declining unemployment rate. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Congress decided earlier this year that states would lose the last 16 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits when their three-month average unemployment rate fell below nine percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
MAG looking for help for Valley homeless as temperatures rise
The Maricopa Association of Governments is asking for help, as it collects bottled water for its Heat Relief Network. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The network has been in operation since 2006, and provides both water and cool places for homeless Valley residents to go.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Department of Justice sues twin polygamist towns in Arizona, Utah
The U.S. Justice Department is suing towns in Arizona and Utah said to be controlled by a fundamentalist Mormon sect. Most residents in the towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz., are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sept. 20, 2013
The fallout from Supreme Courts ruling on SB 1070
Former state lawmaker Chris Herstam and John MacDonald, owner of local lobbying and consulting firm Policy AZ, explain the reactions of politicians to the Supreme Court's ruling on SB 1070. Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, talks about the perspective of the business community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pe?a Nieto wins Mexican Presidential election
The party that governed Mexico for more than 70 years has returned to power.  Enrique Peña Nieto is the former governor of the state of Mexico. He’s a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which held the presidency from 1929 to 2000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo, Hopi likely to be back in court on water rights
Navajo lawmakers have rejected a settlement that recognizes the tribe's rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports. The tribal council voted 15-6 against the settlement on Thursday during a special session in Window Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
The psychology behind sports fandom
Phoenix Suns fans were taken aback when they learned Steve Nash chose to leave the Valley and head to the Los Angeles Lakers. Social Psychologist Sam Sommers explains why fans react the way they do. Sommers, a professor at Tufts University, says fans who reacted negatively to Nash leaving the Suns for the Lakers looked for the easy narrative in the situation.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Bar, USCIS partner to curb unauthorized practice of immigration law
The Arizona State Bar is partnering with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other local and federal agencies to crack down on the unauthorized practice of immigration law. The State Bar says it’s becoming increasingly concerned about so-called notarios, who act as legal advisers to Latino immigrants but are often scammers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Update from the first morning of the racial profiling civil trial
The trial phase of the class action discrimination lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio began Thursday. KJZZ's Lynn Kelly spoke with reporter Jude Joffe-Block, who has been at the federal courthouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ethics complaint against Sen. Rich Crandall dismissed
The chair of the Arizona Senate Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint filed against Mesa Republican Senator Rich Crandall. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Republican State Representative Brenda Barton had filed the complaint against Crandall, after he left Barton a voice mail.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale sales tax issue in court Monday
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will hear arguments Monday morning on whether an initiative to ask voters to repeal a Glendale sales tax increase should be on November's ballot. The city council approved the 0.
Sept. 20, 2013
Luke AFB lands F-35 pilot training center
The Air Force announced today that it has chosen Luke Air Force Base for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: The Air Force will station 72 of the new fighters at Luke.
Sept. 20, 2013
OConnor disappointed by drop in SCOTUS approval
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says it's disappointing for her to see the downturn in public opinion of the nation's highest court. The Supreme Court used to be the highest ranked of the three branches of government, but O'Connor says the three are now closely ranked.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto Forest still under bear restrictions
Tonto National Forest officials announced modifications of a temporary closure order which was enacted last month in response to three bear attacks in the Payson Ranger District. Forest spokeswoman Rahcel Hohl advises you can check the Tonto Forest website or call the Ranger Office at 928-474-7900 if you have questions about where you can camp overnight as some areas are still under the evening closure orders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Record power consumption matches record temperatures
Record high temperatures are helping to set records for power consumption here in the Valley. The two major electrical utilities say they have enough power to meet demand but are looking for ways to keeps costs down.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Attorney on medical marijuana, politics
Judge John Leonardo has been the U.S. Attorney for Arizona since July. U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo (Courtesy photo) He talks with KJZZ's Steve Goldstein about the plea agreement with Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and how his office will deal with Arizona's medical marijuana law.
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

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