KJZZ News

Montgomery: Rules regarding gifts for elected officials are too vague
Last December’s investigation into the Fiesta Bowl’s gifts to elected officials led Maricopa Attorney Bill Montgomery to determine laws were too vague to prosecute any of the involved parties. Montgomery says due to a lack of education among elected officials about accepting gifts and confusion on how gifts are defined kept him from prosecuting anyone.
Sept. 20, 2013
Driving less can reduce ozone pollution
It’s that time of year when increased temperatures create the potential for a type of air pollution you can’t see or smell.  Ozone but can be deadly to asthmatics, children and seniors with respiratory problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal insurance plan sees large number of Arizona enrollees
An increasing number of Arizonans have enrolled in a federal health care plan even as the U-S Supreme Court determines its fate.  Since January, almost 500 people have been accepted into the state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a 25-percent jump.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Supreme Court: Partisan city elections in Tucson OK
Tucson will be allowed to continue holding partisan city elections, after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Tucson sued the state, after the legislature in 2009 approved a law that banned cities from holding partisan elections.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jon Kyl retiring at the end of the year
Jon Kyl is retiring, opening up a Senate seat in Arizona for the first time since 1994. Kyl talks about his final goals and answers listener questions. KJZZ's Here and Now host Steve Goldstein and Senator Jon Kyl prepare for the show.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former deputy county attorney appealing disbarment
Former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Lisa Aubuchon is appealing her disbarment. Aubuchon and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were stripped of their legal licenses last week. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Senate approves booster seat bill
A bill that would require booster seats for some Arizona car passengers is advancing in the state legislature.MARK BRODIE: The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require kids younger than eight, and shorter than 4-9 to sit in booster seats while riding in cars.
Sept. 20, 2013
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
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

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