KJZZ News

Arizona Democrats propose gun control, school safety measures
Arizona Senate Democrats are expected to release details of their proposals to reduce gun violence in the state on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, the House Minority Leader unveiled his own proposal to try to make schools safer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Take-home pay shrinks as payroll tax cut expires
People who work in Arizona may notice their take-home pay has shrunk a little. That’s because a temporary cut in payroll taxes expired. In 2010, Congress passed a temporary two percent break in the Social Security rate to help stimulate the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Broken Border - a new Fronteras series, January 21-28
 Our immigration system is broken. An estimated 11 million people live in the United States without proper documentation. Visas are hard to come by, making it difficult to meet our labor needs and causing backlogs that have separated families for nearly 20 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Change could be coming to parking meter rules
A proposal to require cities to randomly inspect their parking meters has cleared its first legislative hurdle. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The bill would mandate cities test and calibrate ten percent of their meters every quarter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gang of Eight calls for immigration reform
Six years after a promising, bipartisan push to reform U.S. immigration policy was upended in Congress, a so-called Gang of Eight Senators officially revived the effort today. The group—led by Democrat Charles Schumer of New York and Arizona Republican John McCain—says its proposal is comprehensive, including making the southern border more secure and creating an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Grace takes plea, will work for Dbacks again
Former Arizona Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge this morning. This is his second DUI charge. As part of the plea agreement his sentence will include work release jail time, three years probation and an interlock device on his vehicle for six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Italian company to build solar power plant near Maricopa
An Italian company that wants to build a huge new photovoltaic solar power plant outside Maricopa, Ariz., is holding a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the facility with its neighbors. (Map courtesy of BLM) Dennis Godfrey of the Bureau of Land Management says the 1,700-acre site, about 12 miles west of Maricopa and north of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, has been designated by the BLM as a Renewable Energy Development Area,“That land is/has low resource conflicts, meaning there’s not visual or cultural or wildlife characteristics that would preclude it as being used as a renewable energy site," Godfrey said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Fest starts on Sunday
Sunday marks the start of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with its Executive Director, Jerry Mittelman and Roberta Grossman, Producer and Director of one of the films showing in the festival: "Hava Nagila: The Movie.
Sept. 20, 2013
New federal websites help students make college decision
Arizona universities and colleges are among the thousands being evaluated by the White House. Today the federal government launched a website that will help future students and parents decide what college to attend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mergers of airlines, large and small, is nothing new
The announced merger of US Airways and American Airlines is the latest in a series of such moves over the last decade. There have been half a dozen mergers involving major air carriers and equal number involving smaller regional airlines.
Sept. 20, 2013
University of Arizona breaks ground on new cancer treatment center in downtown Phoenix
The University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advisory group: dietary supplements not good for healthy women
New recommendations from a government advisory group suggest that healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements.  While nutrients are crucial for healthy bones, specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good diet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix: Love it or leave it
People move to Phoenix for countless reasons, and they leave the Valley for just as many. Should the 'creative class' keep trying to change Phoenix or leave for a more established place?Sustainability and architecture journalist Taz Loomans explains why she moved from Phoenix to Portland.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College passes in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants
Some Pima Community College students in Tucson who are undocumented immigrants are getting a break on tuition.   The PCC governing board has approved a proposal that will charge in-state tuition to students who were brought to the United States as young children by their undocumented immigrant parents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Skeletal remains found in burned Cochise County home
Cochise County sheriff's deputies say skeletal remains have been discovered in the ruins of a rural home that was discovered burned to the ground. They say a man spotted his neighbor's burned out home as he was passing by Saturday afternoon and told deputies the fire could have broken out anytime between Wednesday and when it was discovered Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Justice Sandra Day OConnor on iCivics
Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. Since resigning from the bench, Justice O’Connor has focused on getting kids to know more about how federal, state and local governments work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southeast Valley becoming high-tech hub
General Motors’ announcement this week that it’ll build an IT center in Chandler follows on the heels of other such decisions. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, there could be more on the way.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson bats moving into condos
Tucson bats are finding themselves homeless as their natural habitats like caves and mines are disappearing due to urban development. The bats tried moving into city dwellings, but now even the bats' newfound homes are being threatened.
Sept. 20, 2013
The future of photo enforcement in Arizona
A bill proceeding through the Arizona legislature would put more limits on photo enforcement on the state's highways. It's the latest controversy since the program was introduced on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Prop 200 case
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about part of Arizona’s Proposition 200.  The high court will decide if Arizona overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form.
Sept. 20, 2013

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