KJZZ News

Elder Protection Day highlights ways to avoid financial abuse
Elderly people throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion each year due to financial exploitation. That’s according to the Administration on Aging, which says that only about one in five of such incidence of abuse are discovered.
Jun. 14, 2012
Arizona unemployment rate flat in May
Arizona’s unemployment in May was flat, staying at 8.2 percent. The private sector added more jobs than normal last month, while the public sector lost more than usual. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Jun. 14, 2012
Public, charter schools preapring for Common Core Standards
Arizona teachers are preparing for changes in their classroom this fall. It’s part of a multi-year process aimed at changing the way children are taught. They’re called Common Core Standards. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports on what some educators are doing to prepare for the changes.
Jun. 14, 2012
Goldwater Institute challenges Glendale hockey deal
The Goldwater Institute is challenging last Friday's vote by the Glendale City Council, on a deal with the potential new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. Goldwater President Darcy Olson says the city failed to provide important information on the 20-year deal to lease and operate Jobing.
Jun. 14, 2012
Financial services industry looking for diverse hiring pool
Minorities are underrepresented in the financial services industry. A study by Howard University showed that only 1 percent of public accounting partners are African American and only 3 percent of Chief Financial Officers of Fortune 500 companies are minorities.
Jun. 14, 2012
Neil Guiliano ? ?The Campaign Within?
Former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano talks about coming to terms with his sexuality, coming out while in public office, and why sexual orientation is relevant in today’s world. Giuliano says he was aware from a young age that he didn’t fit into the mold society had raised him to be in.
Jun. 13, 2012
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.
Jun. 13, 2012
Gladiator Fire completely contained
Fire crews have fully contained the Gladiator Fire near Crown King in northern Arizona. Officials say certain areas are still closed for safety reasons, but residents are allowed to return to their homes.
Jun. 13, 2012
Congressional District Eight elects Ron Barber
Ron Barber won the special election to finish out Gabrielle Giffords' House term. Barber talks about his plans for District Eight, and Tucson Weekly’s Jim Nintzel gives an overview of the special election and the impact it will have on November’s election.
Jun. 13, 2012
Arizonans to lose unemployment benefits this month
Some Arizonans could lose their unemployment benefits later this month, because of the state’s declining unemployment rate. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Congress decided earlier this year that states would lose the last 16 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits when their three-month average unemployment rate fell below nine percent.
Jun. 13, 2012
Phoenix neighborhood wins "placemaking" grant
The Downtown Phoenix arts district, Roosevelt Row, has received a $150,000 development grant. The money will go toward so-called arts based placemaking. Tuesday, Roosevelt Row announced it won a grant from a group called ArtPlace, a collaboration between major foundations, banks, and the federal government.
Jun. 13, 2012
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.
Jun. 12, 2012
Experts say Valley rental market poised for growth
The Valley’s housing market is starting to pick back up. But some experts say one part of that market is poised for a big comeback in the next few years, especially in parts of Phoenix and the East Valley.
Jun. 12, 2012
Death row inmate gets new execution date
Convicted killer Daniel Wayne Cook has a new execution date.Daniel Wayne Cook (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Corrections)The state Supreme Court approved Cook’s execution for Aug. 8. Cook was sentenced to death for the torture, rape and murder of a Guatemalan immigrant and a teenage boy from Mohave County in 1987.
Jun. 12, 2012
Mesa mayor to take national leadership position
One Arizona mayor is about to become the second-in-command at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The conference is held this week in Orlando. KJZZ’s Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports.Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (Photo courtesy of City of Mesa)Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will be named Vice President of the U.
Jun. 12, 2012
Election year education priorities on association
The Arizona Education Association is preparing its priorities for the coming school year. State educators will join nearly 10,000 education professionals convening in Washington D.C. at the end of June.
Jun. 12, 2012
Local candidate removed for proficiency now on national ballot
The woman who was barred from running for a border town city council because of her lack of English proficiency is now running for Vice President of the United States. Alejandrina Cabrera will run alongside Utopian Party presidential candidate Avery Ayers.
Jun. 12, 2012
Arizona boasts country
The number of teen smokers in Arizona is dropping. In fact, Arizona has seen the largest drop of any state in the country. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: The rate of teen smokers is down 11 percent over the last two years, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Jun. 11, 2012
ADOT launches dust storm awareness campaign
The Arizona Department of Transportation is emphasizing driver education as it prepares to launch a ‘Dust Storm Awareness’ campaign. Blowing dust is quite often a main weather feature in the desert during the summer monsoon.
Jun. 11, 2012
DHS targets teen tobacco use
New figures show that fewer Arizona teens are using tobacco. While the overall use of tobacco is down, the use of smokeless tobacco is still a concern. Victor DeNoble was once a researcher for a major tobacco company.
Jun. 8, 2012

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