KJZZ News

Arizona gets money to screen for alcohol, drug abuse
Arizona has won a federal grant to try to intervene before alcohol and substance use becomes an addiction. The $7.5 million will set up a program of early screening at several community health centers and one emergency room in Northern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Michael Ian Black: RV
Michael Ian Black loves the '80's. But, how does he feel about traveling the country in a poorly air-conditioned RV with Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain? Michael Ian Black (Photo courtesy of Michael Ian Black)       He spoke with KJZZ's Mark Brodie about his experiences, which are detailed in a new book co-written by the pair.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical marijuana lottery results in 97 dispensary certificates
Arizona officials used a bingo-style machine with sets of numbered air-blown balls Tuesday as they picked winners from among more than 400 applicants for certificates to run 97 medical marijuana dispensaries around the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
All eyes on another Arizona lawsuit -- this time domestic partner benefits
Nearly a dozen states are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court lets Arizona deny benefits to the domestic partners of state employees. A federal court last year it was illegal to say only spouses and dependents of married state and universities were eligible.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sales tax initiative to appear on November ballot
A voter initiative that would make a temporary one-cent sales tax permanent will appear on Arizona’s ballot in November. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that supporters of the measure substantially complied with the law, despite a paperwork error that led Secretary of State Ken Bennett to disqualify the initiative.
Sept. 20, 2013
State could get more transportation money from feds
The Obama Administration has freed up $470 million in state transportation funding. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, some of it could end up in Arizona. The money is left over from stalled earmark projects from 2003 to 2006.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS find rule violations on Grand Canyon buses
A recent inspection of commercial buses at Grand Canyon National Park removed more than two dozen from service. The two-day inspection of about 200 vehicles took place last week and included a check on drivers' credentials.
Sept. 20, 2013
Too much rain could actually be a problem
Much of the Valley is drying out after a second night of monsoon storms. More than an inch of rain fell in some parts of the Valley. Flood Control engineers say many parts of the county are soaked. That could be a problem if there is more rain.
Sept. 20, 2013
Primary election voting underway in Arizona
Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, and will remain open until 7 p.m. for voters to cast a ballot in several races. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg spent some time at a polling location in Tempe, the Arizona Historical Society Museum.
Sept. 20, 2013
Decisive primaries make for unpredictable November
Chris Herstam,  former gubernatorial Chief of Staff, and Bob Grossfeld, President and C-E-O of the Media Guys, talk about what Tuesday's primary election results mean for November.Herstam and Grossfeld dissect David Schweikert's defeat of fellow incumbent Congressman Ben Quayle in the Sixth Congressional District G-O-P primary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley
Low interest rates and a shrinking supply of foreclosed homes are driving buyers back into the new home market.  As KJZZ’s Al Macias reports, the Valley’s homebuilding industry is showing signs of life after one of the biggest slowdowns in history.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yuma sector BP Agent said to have killed girlfriend, self
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says a U.S. Border Patrol Agent fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself Wednesday.  36-year-old Agent Robert C. Nelson is believed to have committed the murder-suicide.
Sept. 20, 2013
Infant death at Gilbert KinderCare leads to investigation
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death for a three-month-old boy who died at a Gilbert KinderCare yesterday. Staff members called for help and started CPR when they found the infant wasn't breathing, but when police arrived, they were unable to resuscitate him.
Sept. 20, 2013
The intersection of science, politics and social outcomes
Water fluoridation is only one example—childhood vaccination is another—of an issue that remains controversial for some, even as a great majority of scientific studies indicate there’s little, if anything, to worry about from their implementation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latinos live in poverty more than other ethnic groups
Latino families in the U.S. continue to live in poverty, more than any other ethnic group. An analysis released today shows that despite the alarming numbers the problem could be worse. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: That analysis shows Latino children make up more than 34 percent of all U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix lags in household income, health insurance, preschool attendance
Data just released from the U.S. Census Bureaus shows that the median Phoenix income in 2011 was less than the national figure. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the latest results from the American Community Survey.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Secretary of State accuses nine people of double voting in 2008
Arizona’s Secretary of State marked National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday by announcing outreach efforts and alleged voter fraud.  Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett outside the Catholic Charities office near 19th Avenue and Northern.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rate increase ahead for SRP customers
Nearly 1 million SRP customers can expect slightly higher bills starting in November. The utility company’s board of directors unanimously approved a 3.9 percent rate increase Thursday. It'll average just over $6 dollars per month for residential customers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona group prints Spanish-language guide to ballot measures
An advocacy group is out with a Spanish-language guide to the ballot measures Arizona voters will decide next month. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports from Phoenix, the group is trying to get minority voters to cast their ballots on the nine questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Credit card parking meters coming to Downtown Phoenix
The City of Phoenix will be providing nearly 500 new locations next year to use your credit or debit cards -- in the city’s parking meters. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: The city’s transportation department is asking the city council to approve a plan for hundreds of meters to be installed in the downtown area.
Sept. 20, 2013

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