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KJZZ News Director Peter O’Dowd finds something alluring about Phoenix and public radio, as if they have always been a part of his destiny.O'Dowd, who oversees all daily editorial direction of the KJZZ newsroom, took on the role of news director in February 2011, after serving as an assignment editor and reporter for the station since 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police: 5 dead in shooting in Gilbert home
GILBERT, Ariz. (Associated Press) — Five people died in a shooting Wednesday at a Phoenix-area home, where the investigation was slowed by concerns there could be hazardous materials in 55-gallon drums in the backyard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coyotes, NHL on track for new ownership
The National Hockey League is on the cusp of selling the Phoenix Coyotes to an ownership group that will keep the team in the Valley.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: The recent off-ice history of the Coyotes has been a saga of bankruptcy, lawsuits, and potential owners who pulled out before a sale agreement could be finalized.
Sept. 20, 2013
DOJ: Sheriff
The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his office and the county on Thursday. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to news of the Department of Justice's lawsuit at a press conference Thursday in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Close call in Tempe mayoral race
Votes tallied Tuesday for Tempe Mayor left the city without a declared winner. Mike O’Neil, a pollster with O’Neil Associates, analyzes election results and whether Mark Mitchell can overcome Michael Monti’s slim lead.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border committee meets in Phoenix to address smuggling
Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle says to stop narcotics from flowing across the border, the U.S. government must be as innovative, flexible and nimble as Mexican drug cartels. KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports on a Congressional hearing held Monday in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Celebrate Miles Davis Birthday this Friday!
Memorial Day weekend gets off to a great start as we celebrate the birthday anniversary of jazz legend Miles Davis. From "Kind of Blue," one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, to "Bitches Brew," Miles Davis was a visionary who led the evolution of jazz from haunting melodies and bop to the birth of the cool and electric fusion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cigarette ban may have cleared out more than smoke
Five years ago this month the Smoke Free Arizona act went into effect. A Valley bar owner and a health services expert talk about how the act changed the Arizona bar scene. Mark DeSimone, owner of the Hidden House Cocktail Lounge in Phoenix, says the Smoke Free Arizona act did more to hurt business and drive away customers in his bar than the recession or crackdown on DUI laws.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley
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
California
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
Valley hospital doing baseline concussion tests on high school athletes
The Mayo Clinic says it’s performed computerized baseline concussion evaluations on about 40 percent of Arizona high school athletes, in the first year they’ve been offered.Last year, the state set up new procedures for when high school athletes who’ve been diagnosed with concussions can return to action, and the body that oversees high school athletics in the state has started requiring all high school athletes to pass a test proving they know about the symptoms and causes of concussions before they can play.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sales tax initiative backers sue Secretary of State
Backers of a sales tax increase are scheduled to go to court Wednesay morning to save months of work from being invalidated. In 2010, the state legislature referred a one cent sales tax hike to the ballot to help cover budget deficits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wallow Fire area at risk for flooding
Summer monsoon storms are now a concern in northeastern Arizona in the area where last year’s Wallow Fire burned. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there has already been minor flooding. AL MACIAS: The Wallow Fire was the largest in Arizona history.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressional District 9 Democratic candidates
Barry Dill, Democratic strategist for First Strategic in Phoenix, talks about the political paths of the three Democratic hopefuls in the race for the hotly contested Congressional District 9. Plus information on the political forum being held Wednesday night by KJZZ.
Sept. 20, 2013

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