KJZZ News

Some Arizona Cities Can Hire New Police Officers Under Federal Grant
Police departments around Arizona can hire new officers thanks to a grant from the U.S. Justice Department. It is the first time some cities are able to expand their police departments since the recession.
Sept. 26, 2013
Gov. Brewer Orders Common Core Get A New Name
It will no longer be called Common Core academic standards. Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order renaming the national uniform academic standard which measures students’ learning. It will now be called the "Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Home Prices Growth Slows
The Standard &Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index reported Tuesday that Phoenix has posted 22 consecutive months of positive return. But the growth is slowing down. Phoenix was one of the seven metropolitan areas in the study with a lower annual growth rate.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Home Sales Volume Decreases, Home Prices Increase
Arizona home prices were up again in August, according to the home data provider RealtyTrac.  It says median home prices were up 20-percent from a year ago, putting the state in the top five in the country for increasing prices.
Sept. 26, 2013
Passenger train debuts at Sky Harbor
A passenger train made its debut today at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Train, as its called, should begin moving passengers to and from Terminal Four by early next year.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the trains will actually travel over the airport taxiway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Americans as independent voters
Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson explains why he’s an independent and an advocate for open primaries. Johnson says being nonpartisan is a nice system to work under, and people are more diverse and friendly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant will bring more firefighters to Lake Pleasant
The Peoria Fire Department will receive a $930,000 federal grant to hire and train firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant. The grant will allow Peoria to hire six additional firefighters to staff Lake Pleasant around the clock.
Sept. 20, 2013
County offers a boost to prep for new law
Arizona’s child-restraint law will get tougher next month. But Maricopa County is helping distribute booster seats for people who need them. PETER O’DOWD: Kids younger than 8 years old -- or shorter than 4'9" -- must be in a child restraint when they’re in the car.
Sept. 20, 2013
The psychological impact of wildfires
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kingman private prison escapee appeals convictions
One of the inmates who escaped a private prison near Kingman is set to go before the state Court of Appeals.  John McCluskey was serving 15 years for attempted murder. He and two other inmates broke out of prison in 2010 after his fiancée Casslyn Welch tossed wire cutters over the facility’s fence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical Examiner rules mysterious courtroom death a suicide
The autopsy of a former Wall Street trader who mysteriously collapsed in court and later died was released Friday. It all began in 2009 when Michael Marin emerged from his burning Phoenix-area mansion in scuba gear.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas emerging Latino voter
According to a report released by the Morrison Institute at ASU, Arizona will see a voting shift in coming years due to the coming-of-age Latino population. The two researchers who wrote the report explain why.
Sept. 20, 2013
Trespassing conviction upheld in obscene T-shirt case
A Mohave County man convicted of trespassing for wearing an obscenity-laced T-shirt to a Board of Supervisors meeting has lost another round in court. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.KJZZ first told you about Mervin Fried in March of this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Self-funded candidates in politics
An expert explains the pros and cons of self-funding for elections, and explains why some candidates choose to go the self-funded route.Jennifer Steen is an associate professor of Political Science at ASU.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZCentral.com to introduce paywall next month
This may come as a shock to news readers around the Valley.This is the last month you’ll be able to access news on azcentral.com for free, according to an announcement from Arizona’s largest newspaper.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scorching summers and the Valley?s economy
Two experts weigh in on whether or not scorching summers affect the valley’s economy, and what can be done to attract more tourism. Jim Rounds, senior vice president and economist with Elliot D. Pollack and Company, and Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona, say Arizona is seeing less summer economic drop-off for the first time in a while.
Sept. 20, 2013
Older Arizonans working longer
Older Arizonans are staying on the job longer, or returning to the workforce, as the value of retirement plans declines in a struggling economy. The Arizona Department of Administration's Aruna Murthy says that's changing the face of the state's workforce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon storms pelt Phoenix area
The Valley was slammed by a pair of thunderstorms last night. Sky Harbor Airport recorded four tenths of an inch of precipitation, but other communities in the state saw heavier rainfall and more. Steady rain blanketed much of the Phoenix area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon glass bridge case still not clear
An arbitrator has awarded a Las Vegas developer about $28 million in a contract dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports that may not be the final word.The Hualapai owns the glass bridge that gives visitors a view of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Penzone wins shot against Arpaio in November
Former Phoenix Police Sergeant Paul Penzone won the Democratic primary for Maricopa County Sheriff on Tuesday. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, he faces a well-known incumbent with big campaign coffers … and a second, independent challenger.
Sept. 20, 2013

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