KJZZ News

Lawmakers hope to refinance unemployment insurance loan
Arizona legislators want to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its jobless fund solvent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration to close 149 airport control towers
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced 149 airport control towers would close starting next week, as a result of the sequester budget cuts. Four of those towers are in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. drug czar meets with local mayors
United States drug czar Gil Kerlikowske met with local mayors in Phoenix on Thursday to talk border security and drug trafficking. U.S. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, center, visited with (from left), Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Phoenix Chief of Police Daniel Garcia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature votes to scrap old definition of mental illness
Arizona lawmakers voted Monday to scrap an old definition in the law books that said people with mental illness were idiots. It existed despite the fact that most references in the statutes have been updated to be legally and medically correct.
Sept. 20, 2013
Social media stole my kidney
Comic Amy Donohue talked about her decision to donate a kidney and her efforts to serve as a spokesperson for organ donation.Donohue explained how social media stole her kidney. She donated hers to the mother of a woman she met on Twitter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Shadley
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Steve Shadley is no stranger to the issues shaping Arizona. Shadley started his public radio career more than 30 years ago while pursuing a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Early voting bills have some early opponents
Some groups involved with getting minorities to the polls are unhappy with legislation working its way through the Legislature. Right now, you can sign up on a permanent early voting list, meaning a ballot will be mailed to you in advance of every election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo lawmakers put off vote
Navajo Nation lawmakers have put off voting on a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant until later this month.The lawmakers took the action after questioning water use at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, how to control pollution, the federal government's role in the plant and the formation of a negotiating team.
Sept. 20, 2013
Part of Northbound SR 51 closed from Friday night to Sunday morning
For the second weekend in a row, a section of freeway in the valley will be closed. The Arizona Department of Transportation says part of the Piestewa Freeway will be shut down for maintenance work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Young Adults Delaying Big Decisions Because Of Student Debt?
As the cost of a college education soars, the average student graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. And those students are graduating into a rough economy with few well-paying jobs - if they even finish that degree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Post-recession, building at the edges is coming back
Five years ago the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch was an empty stretch of desert about six miles east of Fountain Hills. It still is. The county gave the developer five years to work out the details for the thousand-home master planned community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred DuVal throws hat in the governors race
The election for Arizona’s next governor is a year and a half away. But the campaign has already started. Fred DuVal announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Longtime political activist Fred DuVal formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
Sept. 20, 2013
AFL-CIO warns airline merger could cause union fallout
A major labor leader is worried a merger between US Airways and American Airlines could cause a battle between two unions that represent ground workers. US Airways and American’s ground workers are represented by two different unions.
Sept. 20, 2013
As lawmakers talk budgets, child advocates call for better funding
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that has failed to keep pace with growing need.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist: Proposition 100 was unavoidable, helpful
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health and public safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds target eight kingpins south of Arizona border
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who operate south of the Arizona border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any kind of business with them can face serious charges.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ballet Arizona plants its dancers at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
Sept. 20, 2013
DES head reveals new program and new vision for social services
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
Sept. 20, 2013

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