KJZZ News

Health care expert examines Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer has decided against a state-operated health exchange.  She’s leaving the job to the federal government.  Health exchanges will sell health insurance coverage to people who need it, under the Affordable Care Act.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tracking and preventing concussions suffered by young athletes
There are around 90,000 high school athletes in Arizona, and a program set to be launched early next year aims to track how many of them suffer concussions. To discuss the joint effort, guest host Mark Brodie talked to Dr.
Sep. 20, 2013
ASU President Michael Crow
Arizona State University President Michael Crow came to the desert ten years ago. On KJZZ's Here and Now, he talks about the future of higher education in Arizona--including Mesa's efforts to attract private college branches--and the impact of his first decade.
Sep. 20, 2013
My Family, Foreclosed
At this time three years ago, the nation’s housing crisis set off waves of despair around the holiday season. That’s when KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd first met the White family from Glendale. The Whites were grappling with job loss, foreclosure, and the threat of bankruptcy.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona transportation officials to review Phoenix-Tucson rail comments
The public comment period for a proposed rail line between Phoenix and Tucson ended last week. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Laura Douglas of the Arizona Department of Transportation about what people had to say, and what comes next.
Sep. 20, 2013
Prosecutors move to execute death row inmate
Prosecutors are seeking a warrant to execute an inmate convicted of murdering an elderly man more than 30 years ago. 70-year-old Edward Schad has been on death row since 1985. He was found guilty of murdering 74-year-old Bisbee resident Leroy Graves, whose body was found strangled near Prescott in August 1978.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix police buy new TASERs, will pay over five years
Buy it now, spread out your payments over a few years -- that sounds like an offer that comes along with a mattress or a car. But what about a weapon that’ll zap you full of electricity? KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on a plan to help law enforcement replace old equipment.
Sep. 20, 2013
Glendale City Council delays voting on budget cuts
At its final meeting, the current Glendale City Council did not vote on a major budget cut. Members voted to table a proposal to trim $6 million – which would mean about 64 full time jobs. The current council decided it was best to wait until Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers and three council members are sworn in next week, and until Glendale has a permanent city manager.
Sep. 20, 2013
New tech helps Tempe PD fight crime
The Tempe Police Department says new technology is helping them combat crime. Police say they used a new reporting system to catch a robbery suspect earlier this week.  Officers say they can now wirelessly upload information related to a crime to immediately alert all police to new information.
Sep. 20, 2013
Impact of pro sports labor disputes
Maury Brown, President of the Business of Sports Networks, explains how labor disputes in professional sports are often perceived differently from lockouts and strikes in other industries.
Sep. 20, 2013
Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
“I fell in love with broadcasting when I was 14,” said KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez.Arroyo Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico to Puerto Rican and Belgian parents and grew up in La Villita, a predominantly Mexican-American community in Southside Chicago.
Sep. 20, 2013
Avondale unveils yet-to-be-filled industrial complex
A mammoth manufacturing and industrial center  will soon open in Avondale. Right now there are no tenants for the facility. Developers and the city are confident that is going to change. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports city leaders believe it is another sign of a rebounding economy in the West Valley.
Sep. 20, 2013
Bill targeting bath salts, spice compounds introduced
Drug experts say synthetic drugs can be more addictive than other drugs because the strength varies from one product to another. Now a bill aimed at outlawing synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and spice, is making its way through the Arizona legislature.
Sep. 20, 2013
Markets sing with help from housing
The U.S. stock market had a banner month in January, and it reached another milestone at Friday’s closing bell. Analysts say the surging housing market had something to do with it. New home construction is heating up across the Valley.
Sep. 20, 2013
Mexican Gray Wolf population grows by 25 percent
More Mexican Gray Wolves are returning to the Southwest. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports their population has grown by 25 percent in the last year.There are 75 wolves now living in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sep. 20, 2013
Giffords PAC increases effort against guns
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is stepping up her effort to place more restrictions on gun ownership ahead of the president's State of the Union address. PETER O’DOWD: Giffords, and husband Mark Kelly, produced a 30-second commercial through their political action committee.
Sep. 20, 2013
CenturyLink workers could go on strike
CenturyLink could face a strike by unionized workers in Arizona and a dozen other states. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert has more. Union leaders say they've moved a step closer to allowing a walkout, but say they plan to continue talks with the telecommunications company.
Sep. 20, 2013
The struggle for arts funding in Arizona
Arts companies in the Valley and the state have struggled to find enough financial support--corporate and otherwise--to stay in business. Matt Lehrman, former Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and Show Up dot com, explains the challenges and whether they can be overcome.
Sep. 20, 2013
Yuma
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park seeks to improve facilities
After years of budget cuts, officials at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, north of Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities.  Currently the park is operating solely from gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money to help state parks make improvements.
Sep. 20, 2013

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