KJZZ News

Phoenix parks have kept pace despite years of fast growth
Phoenix parks rank above-average among large American cities. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports on a scorecard released today from The Trust for Public Land. PETER O’DOWD: Among the 40 largest US cities, Phoenix ranks 16th.
May. 23, 2012
Piece of Tempe history comes back to life as mill opens to the public
Tempe’s Hayden Flour Mill was the largest flour mill in the state -- until it closed in 1998.  For more than a decade the building has been boarded up and blocked off from the public. Now it has re-opened.
May. 22, 2012
Drivers rejoice: Time spent stuck in traffic is down
A new study shows that traffic congestion across the U.S. dropped by 30 percent in 2011 over the previous year.   The report says increased fuel prices and fewer drivers are two key factors. It says many people are driving less because they are unemployed or have stopped looking for work.
May. 22, 2012
2010 Census extremely accurate, but Latinos still undercounted
The Census Bureau has just released a survey of the 2010 population count. It showed the census was accurate to 1/100 of 1 percent. That’s about 36,000 people that were overcounted. The study also showed that African Americans and Latinos were undercounted in the 2010 census.
May. 22, 2012
Social media can help small businesses engage with customers
A majority of small business owners say attracting new customers is key to surviving a competitive market. Many owners are turning to social media, like Facebook and Twitter to grow their business. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.
May. 22, 2012
Report: Fewer illegal immigration bills introduced so far in 2012 than 2011
A new report finds states introduced and approved fewer bills dealing with illegal immigration during the first quarter of this year than last. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The National Conference of State Legislatures says there was a 44 percent drop in the number of bills and resolutions introduced during that time period.
May. 22, 2012
Fronteras Vote 2012 Special - LIVE - May 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Changing demographics across the Southwest are challenging assumptions about the electorate. Fronteras: the Changing America Desk will explore how these changes may impact the 2012 election during Fronteras Vote 2012, a live, call-in special-- 11 a.
May. 21, 2012
Glendale coucil to vote on raising taxes, fees
The Glendale City Council will vote Monday night on how to close a $35 million shortfall in next year’s budget. The city laid off 49 employees last week. Monday night the council will consider raising property, sales and hotel bed taxes.
May. 21, 2012
Hayden Flour Mill grounds will be open to the public
For the first time in more than a decade, visitors can walk the grounds of one of Tempe’s oldest buildings. The fence around the historic Hayden Flour Mill is coming down and the open space around it will be open to the public.
May. 21, 2012
Border committee meets in Phoenix to address smuggling
Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle says to stop narcotics from flowing across the border, the U.S. government must be as innovative, flexible and nimble as Mexican drug cartels. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports on a Congressional hearing held Monday in Phoenix.
May. 21, 2012
Gladiator fire adversely affecting Crown King business owners
The most active wildfire burning in Arizona, the Gladiator Fire north of Crown King, has charred more than 13,000 acres since breaking out last Sunday.  More than 1,100 fire personnel are battling the fire, which is 15 percent contained.
May. 21, 2012
McCain: "Looming serious situation" with old air tankers
Arizona Senator John McCain says it shouldn’t be a surprise that Arizona is dealing with wildfires this year. And, he says he’s confident the state will have enough federal resources to deal with this year’s fire season.
May. 18, 2012
Lynn Kelly
Lynn Kelly is the midday host from Monday-Thursday and the Weekend Edition host on Sunday. She first started with KBAQ in 1996 and made the move to KJZZ in 1999. Lynn KellyLynn celebrated 25 years in radio in 2012, and has worked for six radio stations, both in news and other formats.
May. 18, 2012
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.
May. 18, 2012
Maricopa County treasurer trying to block settlement payment to county supervisor
The Maricopa County Treasurer is trying to block a near-million-dollar payment to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. A federal court ordered the payment last week, but County Treasurer Charles Hoskins wants to know if he should have a say in the matter.
May. 18, 2012
McCain calls for campaign finance reform
Arizona Senator John McCain says the U.S. Supreme Court case that led to unlimited independent campaign expenditures will lead to scandals. He also called the court’s decision in the Citizens United case “uninformed.
May. 18, 2012
Some progress made Thursday on Arizona wildfires
  Map of the Gladiator Fire as of Friday, May 18. (Map courtesy of Southwest Coordination Center) DENNIS LAMBERT: The Gladiator Fire burning near Crown King, Ariz. has grown to nearly 8,000 acres, but firefighters say the bulk of the growth Thursday was away from the town.
May. 18, 2012
State agrees to increase mental illness funding, standard of care
Arizona has reached an interim settlement with the plaintiffs in a decades-old lawsuit over how well the state serves the seriously mentally ill.  From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports. STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Arnold v.
May. 18, 2012
Mitchell wins Tempe election by 139 votes
Tempe Councilman Mark Mitchell will be the next mayor of Tempe.Following the release of unofficial results by the Maricopa County Elections Department, Mitchell's opponent Michael Monti conceded. Mitchell has 11,351 votes compared to Monti's 11,212.
May. 18, 2012
Money problems force City of Glendale layoffs
Nearly 50 employees with the City of Glendale are losing their jobs. City leaders say the slow economy and the city’s debt to the National Hockey League forced the cuts. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
May. 18, 2012

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