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.
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.
“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
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.
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
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
New home construction is heating up across the Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After years of budget cuts,
officials at the Tonto
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.
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology.
A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
Some southwestern businesses affected by the ongoing drought
may be eligible for federal loans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
MARK BRODIE: The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest
federal disaster loans to small, non-farm businesses in Arizona, and certain
counties in California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
The role of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pink underwear policy could be back in court soon as part of a wrongful death case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided today not to hear an appeal by Arpaio, making a re-trial more likely.
The Valley's violent dust storms may be a few months away, but the National Weather Service and Arizona Department of Transportation are trying to get people prepared.Tim Tait of ADOT and Ken Waters of the National Weather Service explain how quickly dust storms develop and how drivers should react.
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget.
The chief of
the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be
devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
In the United States, more people say they vote in elections than actually do. One way to prove it is some physical evidence of visiting a polling place. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, perhaps the most common piece of proof is provided to Valley voters with help from a sponsor.
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.