KJZZ News

Mitchell wins Tempe election by 139 votes
Tempe Councilman Mark Mitchell will be the next mayor of Tempe.Following the release of unofficial results by the Maricopa County Elections Department, Mitchell's opponent Michael Monti conceded. Mitchell has 11,351 votes compared to Monti's 11,212.
May. 18, 2012
Money problems force City of Glendale layoffs
Nearly 50 employees with the City of Glendale are losing their jobs. City leaders say the slow economy and the city’s debt to the National Hockey League forced the cuts. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
May. 18, 2012
Arizona unemployment rate down, but new jobs only half the story
Arizona’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent in April, to 8.2 percent. But, only about half of that is due to more people finding jobs. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: The state added 9,300 non-farm jobs last month.
May. 17, 2012
Wildfire expert discusses the Gladiator Fire
The Gladiator Fire has now charred more than 5,400, about 60 miles north of Phoenix. Thursday could be a critical day for firefighters, according to wildfire expert Jim Paxon of Arizona Game and Fish.The blaze, which started on private property and is 5 percent contained, is burning across the Prescott National Forest, near Crown King, Arizona.
May. 17, 2012
State Rep. Ben Arredondo indicted by DOJ
The U.S. Justice Department has indicted a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. Tempe Democrat Ben Arredondo is accused of five counts, including bribery, fraud and attempted extortion. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
May. 16, 2012
Mesa courts university branches
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith explains why Mesa hopes to attract branches from universities across the country. Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed explains why partnerships between cities and university branches are beneficial.
May. 16, 2012
Incentives to draw businesses to Arizona
Last week Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB2815 into law. The bill includes incentives to draw businesses into Arizona in an attempt to boost the economy. Michael Hunter, special advisor on tax policy and reform, and Dennis Hoffman, economist at the W.
May. 16, 2012
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.
May. 16, 2012
Managing Arizona wildfires
Wally Covington, executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at NAU, explains why certain parts of Arizona are prone to wildfires and what can be done to minimize their damage.Covington says fire season usually isn’t anything to worry about if proper precautions are taken and control of the flames is maintained.
May. 16, 2012
Fire restrictions implemented on Tonto National Forest
Officials with the Tonto National Forest have implemented fire restrictions that went into effect this morning. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Forest officials cite hot temperatures, drought conditions and increased fire danger as reasons for the restrictions.
May. 16, 2012
Mesa welcoming a third college to downtown campus
In an effort to provide more education opportunities to Arizona residents, the City of Mesa recently announced that it will soon be home to a campus of Pennsylvania's Albright College.Albright College is the third institution of higher learning, following Westminster College and Benedictine University, to announce in 2012 that it is proposing to locate a branch campus in downtown Mesa.
May. 16, 2012
Tombstone loses a water rights battle in court
A federal judge has denied the City of Tombstone an emergency request to repair its water system in the Huachuca Mountains. The 130-year old system was badly damaged by floods and wildfires last year. From Phoenix, Al Macias reports.
May. 15, 2012
Winds pushing smoke from wildfires into Phoenix
Fire crews made some progress on Tuesday as they battled multiple wildfires across Arizona. The Sunflower Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Phoenix had grown to almost 5,000 acres. Meanwhile the community of Crown King remained under an evacuation order.
May. 15, 2012
Valley home prices up, but from low starting point
Valley real estate prices are rising, but many homeowners still likely won’t make back what they paid for their house for a while. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.  MARK BRODIE: The median price for a Valley home was just under $135,000 in March.
May. 15, 2012
Crews battling Arizona wildfire brace for high winds
CROWN KING, Ariz. (Associated Press) — High winds could prove a challenge for firefighters battling a northern Arizona wildfire that has forced residents from a historic mining town.Fire spokeswoman Karen Takai said Tuesday winds of 35 mph are expected at the blaze near Crown King that has burned about 2 ½ square miles.
May. 15, 2012
New Phoenix Police Chief sworn in
Phoenix has a new police chief. Daniel Garcia was sworn in today, taking over for Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Garcia took the oath of office this afternoon at Phoenix City Hall.
May. 14, 2012
Veteran firefighter discusses conditions across the state
Five fires burning across Arizona are causing major structure damage and displacing residents. Dennis Lambert discussed efforts to control these fires with Arizona Game and Fish Department Spokesman Jim Paxon, who spent more than three decades with the National Forest Service.
May. 14, 2012
County supervisor settles lawsuit against county for nearly $1 million
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has won a $975,000 suit against Maricopa County. Wilcox sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas over their failed investigations. She claimed they went after her because she opposed their illegal immigration policies.
May. 11, 2012
Automated electric train makes debut at Sky Harbor
The people-mover at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport takes a big step forward Monday as the first cars are rolled onto the track. Dennis Lambert talked to airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez about the PHX Sky Train.
May. 11, 2012
Comic performance to benefit Bill of Rights monument project
Some of the nation’s best-known comedians will take the stage Sunday in Phoenix in a performance to benefit a Bill of Rights monument planned for Wesley Bolin Plaza. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.
May. 11, 2012

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