KJZZ News

Endangered frogs going home after wildfire evacuation
The Chiricahua leopard frog is returning home. The rare amphibian was evacuated last summer when its habitat was destroyed by a mudslide in Southern Arizona. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports. The Chiricahua leopard frogs were evacuated from Southern Arizona following wildfires and kept at Glendale Community College.
Sept. 20, 2013
Save budget surplus for a rainy day, state superintendent says
Arizona is taking in more money than had been expected this year and that has led to a projected budget surplus for fiscal year 2012. But  State Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal is not asking for more dollars for education.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sparring at hearing on immigration seen as political theater
Supporters and opponents of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law battled at a congressional hearing this morning. The Arizona law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. The hearing comes the day before the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grant funds jazz education for Mesa students
The Mesa Arts Center is getting a $58,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As KJZZ's Terry Ward reports from Phoenix, the money will help fund the Center's 'Jazz from A to Z' program.TERRY WARD: 'Jazz from A to Z' promotes music courses for junior high and high school students, funds workshops for teachers and students and will sponsor a jazz festival next April.
Sept. 20, 2013
22,000 Arizona kids to get health insurance
Around 22,000 low-income kids will now be able to get health care, through Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program, known as Kids Care. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The state has frozen enrollment in KidsCare since 2010.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona to collect $2 million in Abbott settlement
Arizona will receive close to $2 million, as part of $100 million multi-state settlement with Abbott Laboratories. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Forty-five states and the federal government alleged Abbott marketed its drug, Depakote, for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa, Cubs to break ground during All-Star Break
The city of Mesa will break ground on the new spring training home for the Chicago Cubs on July 11. A rendering of the mezzanine view at the proposed 15,000-seat stadium in Mesa. (Rendering courtesy City of Mesa)From the KJZZ newsroom, I’m Al Macias.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tombstone loses a water rights battle in court
A federal judge has denied the City of Tombstone an emergency request to repair its water system in the Huachuca Mountains. The 130-year old system was badly damaged by floods and wildfires last year. From Phoenix, Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Laura Palmisano
Laura Palmisano joined the KJZZ news team in 2012 to serve as a Morning Edition producer.  Palmisano has a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in sustainability from Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Blaise Lantana
After the sun sets and the lights go out in the newsroom, KJZZ Music Director and Host Blaise Lantana and her team take over the 91.5 airwaves to share the cool sounds of classic jazz.Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster.
Sept. 20, 2013
Candidates petition signatures due today
Candidates running for office this year are facing a deadline of this afternoon to turn in their petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie has more.MARK BRODIE: Today is the deadline for candidates to file their petition signatures to get on the ballot in this year’s election.
Sept. 20, 2013
KidsCare II enrolls 2,110 low-income children so far
State officials say about 2,100 low income children have so far enrolled in the new Kids Care II program, with many more applications pending. That’s as of the end of last week. This spring, three Arizona hospitals announced plans to combine their money, and draw down federal cash to fund the program for around 22,000 kids overall.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM feels heat over burro roundup
The federal government is feeling pressure from animal activists and Congressman Raul Grijalva over its wild burro roundup in Southern Arizona. A wild burro north of Artillery Peak in Alamo Herd Management Area of Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix neighborhood wins placemaking grant
The Downtown Phoenix arts district, Roosevelt Row, has received a $150,000 development grant. The money will go toward so-called arts based placemaking. Tuesday, Roosevelt Row announced it won a grant from a group called ArtPlace, a collaboration between major foundations, banks, and the federal government.
Sept. 20, 2013
Herb Paine: Drowning by political neglect
What sane and responsible person leaves their baby unattended in a pool? It's an unconscious act. It's an unconscionable act. But it is, for all intents and purposes, precisely what's happening in American politics today, nationally and locally.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona state workers union: Members not likely to take retention stipend
The state’s workforce could look a little different this fall. Arizona lawmakers this year approved one of Governor Jan Brewer’s top priorities – personnel reform. One of her main goals is to make more state workers at-will, which she says will make it easier to reward good employees, and fire bad ones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on SB 1070 and Arizonas economy
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton talks about the image overhaul Arizona needs in order to attract new businesses in the wake of the SB 1070 controversy. Stanton said he doesn’t think SB 1070 is good legislation, but Phoenix will follow the law as it should and is obligated to.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Arizonans plan July 4 travel
Research from AAA and I.H.S. Global Insight finds that more than 800,000 Arizonans have a vacation planned for the Independence Day holiday. AAA predicts a 5 percent increase over how many Arizonans took a Fourth of July trip last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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