KJZZ News

Cost of Powerball tickets doubling
One of the state’s most popular lottery games is going to cost more starting Jan. 15 .  Lottery officials say winning tickets will pay more too. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: A ticket for the Powerball lottery will now cost $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
New year means new minimum wage in Arizona
Many Arizona workers are getting a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage goes up today to $7.65. KJZZ’s Al Macias explains. Arizona voters approved a state minimum wage in 2006 that is not tied to the federal rate of $7.
Sept. 20, 2013
Environmentalists hope Earth Day the beginning of good habits
Earth Day was marked Sunday across the U.S. It was started in 1970 and is considered by many to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. KJZZ's Bri Valdivia reports.Earth Day and Arbor Day highlight ways to think about our environmental impact, and acts as a way to get people to consider the habits they have year-round.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gilbert homebuilders spark to life
Home prices are up, foreclosures are way down, and new home sales have spiked in the East Valley. That's according to the latest housing report from Arizona State UniversityPETER O’DOWD: The biggest surprise came in Gilbert, where new home sales in March outpaced all other sectors, including foreclosures and short sales, for the first time since the housing crisis began in 2008.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix leads housing market recovery for March
For the second month in a row, Phoenix is leading the recovery in the housing market, with an 8.4 percent quarterly increase in home prices and a year-over-year increase in March of 12.5 percent, according to Clear Capital's Home Data Index.
Sept. 20, 2013
Women indicted on financial aid fraud charges
Federal authorities have accused four Arizona women of fraudulently collecting student financial aid money. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg has more. Three Glendale women and an inmate at the Perryville women’s prison were indicted on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, identity theft, and stealing public funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Department of Justice files suit against Arpaio
The Department of Justice will announce on Thursday that it's filing a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations of civil rights violations by his deputies. The Justice Department sent Arpaio a letter on Wednesday, notifying him of its intention to file suit.
Sept. 20, 2013
Winds pushing smoke from wildfires into Phoenix
Fire crews made some progress on Tuesday as they battled multiple wildfires across Arizona. The Sunflower Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Phoenix had grown to almost 5,000 acres. Meanwhile the community of Crown King remained under an evacuation order.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fugitive who threatened Arpaio may be in Arizona
A man who recently threatened the lives of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family may be heading to Arizona. Tennessee resident Adam Cox has not been seen in about three weeks, around the time he told his probation officer of his plans to head west.
Sept. 20, 2013
Luring manufacturing jobs back to Arizona
The push is on from the White House on down for American companies to return manufacturing jobs to U.S. soil. As Governor Brewer talks up Arizona in France and Germany, Morning Edition's Dennis Lambert spoke with Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court says juries can consider lesser charges
The Arizona Supreme Court says a jury can consider lesser charges against a defendant, even if the defense and prosecution don’t want them to. The court’s unanimous ruling upholds a man’s conviction for manslaughter, even though prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder.
Sept. 20, 2013
Education Secretary discusses the cost of college
The Obama administration has been pushing Congress to extend low-priced loans for college students, beyond the end of this month. Without intervention from Congress, the rate will double on July 1. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert discussed the cost of a college education with U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Barber elected to replace Giffords
PHOENIX (Associated Press) — Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.
Sept. 20, 2013
District 9 Republican Candidate Forum - June 25
The race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the state. This newly formed district will serve the Ahwatukee Foothills, west Chandler, west Mesa, Tempe, parts of Paradise Valley, south Scottsdale and north-central Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ron Barber to hold first event at a Tucson Safeway
Newly elected Representative Ron Barber will hold his first "Congress on the Corner" event this weekend in Tucson. Barber was sworn in this week, replacing former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded at a similar event lat year.
Sept. 20, 2013
New playoff system for college football championship expected in 2014
College football has adopted a four-team playoff to determine its national champion.  The new system will replace the Bowl Championship Series in the 2014 season.  Dennis Lambert was joined by Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton to discuss the new playoff and its impact on the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Community colleges tobacco ban takes effect
Smokers on the ten Maricopa County Community College campuses will have to go elsewhere to use tobacco. A new rule banning tobacco goes into effect July 1.KJZZ’s Al Macias reports. AL MACIAS: The Maricopa County Community College District joins hundreds of other colleges and campuses across the country that are banning tobacco.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southbound SR 143 to connect to Sky Harbor Boulevard
There’s a new entrance to Sky Harbor airport that’s ready to open Monday morning. The Arizona Department of Transportation will open a new ramp connecting Southbound State Route 143 with Sky Harbor Boulevard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican Primary for Senate heats up
Two experts talk about Arizona’s Republican Primary for Senate and the barbs exchanged between Jeff Flake and Wil Cardon. Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, says Republican strategists are confident they can keep someone from their party in the Senate seat, but negative ads are making them nervous.
Sept. 20, 2013

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