KJZZ News

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
Bacteria closes swimming hole at Slide Rock State Park
No swimming at Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon until further notice. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the park was closed yesterday because of health concerns.Water samples showed unsafe levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the creek.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maintenance could cause delays at Sky Harbor
If you are flying in or out of Sky Harbor Airport this weekend, allow for some delays. The north runway will be closed starting Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 a.m. while crews perform maintenance work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge rules against top two primary initiative
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge says a proposed initiative to change Arizona’s primary election system is unconstitutional and will not be on November’s ballot. Judge Mark Brain ruled the language in the Open Elections/Open Government Act is too broad and violates the Arizona Constitution by including more than one proposed constitutional amendment in the same ballot measure.
Sept. 20, 2013
Power plant changes could strain Navajo Nation budget
Navajo Nation officials say plans to shut down three units at the Four Corners power plant could strain the tribal budget. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.Tribal officials say they had been prepared for the coal-fired units to close in two years.
Sept. 20, 2013
How do you cope with the heat wave?
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures.  The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kitt Peak Observatory could face funding cuts
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayo Clinic to spend $130 million on integrated cancer center
The Mayo Clinic plans to integrate its cancer treatment programs in Phoenix. The project will add on to a facility already under construction.  The Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Center is slated to open in 2016 and provide targeted radiation treatments.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health district starting to explore hospital funding
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nearly half of Maricopa County votes early
Today may be election day, but many Maricopa County voters have already cast their ballot in the primary race. More than 45 percent of ballots are in from people who requested to vote early.The night before Election Day, the Maricopa County elections department had already received upwards of 344,000 early ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain to address RNC on national security
Arizona Senator John McCain will address the Republican National Convention tonight, on the evening of his 76th birthday. Four years ago, Arizona’s senior senator was officially nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate in Saint Paul, Minn.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds drop criminal probe against Arpaio
The U-S Department of Justice has dropped its criminal investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other high-ranking county officials.PETER O'DOWD: The Justice Department was investigating Arpaio for his role in failed public corruption cases against county officials who were at odds with him.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge: Arizona can enforce show your papers provision of SB 1070
A key part of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070, will soon take effect. A coalition of civil rights groups wanted the provision blocked, but a federal judge denied their request Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gray skies, rain as Valley remembers 9/11 attacks
The valley’s under a flash flood watch all day Tuesday, and wet weather is affecting some of the 9/11 memorials going on.  Flags fill the Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park. (Photo by Nick Blumberg) Each flag commemorates someone who died in the terrorist attacks.
Sept. 20, 2013
More than 900 jobs to fill at Tanger Outlet Westgate
As soon as the doors opened Wednesday at noon, hundreds of people walked into Jobing.com Arena looking for work. Tanger Outlet Center is opening a mall later this year. There are more than 900 jobs to fill.
Sept. 20, 2013
State House candidates residency questioned
A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge is expected to rule Monday on the eligibility of state House candidate Darin Mitchell for office.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.First time candidate Mitchell, who defeated fellow Republican Representative Russ Jones in a three-way primary last month in the GOP-leaning District 13 has had his residency questioned.
Sept. 20, 2013
 Prop. 204 seeks to make one-cent sales tax permanent
Proposition 204 on the November ballot gives voters the chance to make a one-cent sales tax increase that went into effect in 2010 permanent. Supporters say the extra money is needed to help education, but opponents argue additional funding will not fix the problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
City of Glendale warns of drastic budget cuts
The City of Glendale is threatening up to 20 million dollars in cuts if voters approve a ballot initiative that would roll back a tax hike.  Earlier this year, the Glendale City Council approved a point-7 percent sales tax increase to make up for an ongoing budget shortfall.
Sept. 20, 2013

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