KJZZ News

Valleys average home prices rose 10 percent in three months
The Phoenix area is the top market in the nation for gains in housing prices. The real estate tracking firm Clear Capital says the average price in the Valley rose nearly 10 percent in just the last three months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Legislature sues Independent Redistricting Commission
The Arizona Legislature has sued the Independent Redistricting Commission. The federal suit asks the court to give the job of redrawing Congressional districts every ten years back to state lawmakers. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Controversy in the Ninth Circuit
The U.S. Senate approved Andrew Hurwitz for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-month delay. Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the controversy behind the nomination.Tobias says Hurwitz moved forward on the narrowest of margins, receiving 60 votes, the exact number he needed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Poco Fire has grown, but not spreading quickly
The Poco Fire burning near Young, Ariz. has grown to 3,700 acres, although Fire Information Officer Deryl Jevons says the blaze is not spreading as quickly. Jevons says the fire is threatening two 500 kilo-volt power lines, but he says firefighters are having success at keeping that threat at bay.
Sept. 20, 2013
Californias narrowly rejected tobacco tax mirrors Arizonas
Voters in California have narrowly rejected an additional tax on cigarettes. A closely watched effort to impose a new $1-a-pack tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research in California has failed by six-tenths of a percentage point.
Sept. 20, 2013
First West Nile case of the year found in Maricopa County
The state and county Health Departments have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. A Maricopa County woman in her 30s was declared the first official West Nile victim of 2012 on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale political candidates weigh in on Coyotes deal
Several candidates running for the Glendale City Council say they oppose the city’s Jobing.com arena management agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes. On Monday, the group submitted a letter to city officials asking them to stop the deal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona tourism officials hoping residents stick close to home this summer
Arizona's summer tourism campaign has a new twist. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with a tourism expert to find out how it might work.State tourism officials are hoping Arizonans decide to travel relatively close to home this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers stick to party lines in health care vote
Arizona's congressional delegation did as expected yesterday as lawmakers tried to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare act. Wednesday was the 33rd time lawmakers have tried to get rid of the law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona could lose 50,000 jobs if budget cuts arent reversed
Phoenix’s mayor is in Washington, D.C. today. He joined a bipartisan group at the release of a new study on how automatic budget cuts would affect the country. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a so-called supercommittee that looked at reducing the deficit and increasing revenues, but it repeatedly failed to reach an agreement, meaning that automatic, widespread cuts called budget sequestration are scheduled to hit in January.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peoria asking residents to weigh in on digital billboards
Peoria is asking its residents what they think about the possibility of putting up digital billboards. The city has posted an online survey, and will also be hosting public meetings on the issue. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Maria Laughner, Peoria's Business and Real Estate Development Manager, about the issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
 Home prices are on the rise in the Valley
According to a report from Zillow the Arizona real estate market may be on the slow road to recovery, but two experts say don’t get too excited yet. Anthony Sanders, professor of Real Estate Finance at George Mason University, and John Wake, a Valley-based Realtor and associate broker with HomeSmart Real Estate, discuss Arizona’s previous housing bubble and current economic climate.
Sept. 20, 2013
County attorneys challenge Brewer over medical marijuana law
All but two of Arizona's county attorneys have signed a letter to Governor Jan Brewer asking her to stop the licensing of medical marijuana patients and dispensaries. They say it's too dangerous for the state to run a program that violates federal law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Use of loose tobacco on the rise in the wake of cigarette taxes
The Centers for Disease Control says total cigarette consumption in the U.S. was down 2.5 percent from 2010 to 2011. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports says smokers are turning to other kinds of tobacco.AL MACIAS: Smokers are finding alternatives to commercially rolled cigarettes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loughner found competent, changes plea to guilty
Jared Loughner has pleaded guilty to 19 counts in the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner entered the plea Tuesday after a federal judge found him mentally competent, following months of forced treatment for schizophrenia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rate of early voting causes reduction in polling places
The rise in early voting has prompted Pima County to cut back on the number of polling places for the Aug. 28 primary election.Pima County officials say it's the first time the county has cut back on polling places.
Sept. 20, 2013
Intel building new Chandler plant
Intel Corporation today announced plans for a new research and development facility in Chandler. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports construction is already under way. The new facility is next to an existing Intel plant on east Chandler Boulevard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules top two primary initiative can appear on November ballot
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled an initiative that would create a so-called “top two” primary will appear on the November ballot, overturning a lower court decision. The "Open Elections/Open Government" measure would do away with the partisan primary system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix water rates lower than expected
It may seem incongruous here in the desert, but compared to other major cities, water rates in Phoenix are a bargain.Ken Kroski of the Phoenix Water Services Department says effective planning and foresight on the part of water managers years ago are responsible.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical transport van gets trapped in flooded Scottsdale wash
For a third night in a row, Arizona was hit by heavy rain. Sky Harbor recorded eight tenths of an inch. Other parts of the Valley saw well over an inch, like Scottsdale -- where a driver tried to cross a flooded wash and became trapped.
Sept. 20, 2013

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