KJZZ News

County supervisors refuse donations for Arpaios birther investigation
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has refused private money to pay for an investigation into President Obama's citizenship. Last month, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent a deputy to Hawaii, along with members of his volunteer cold case posse, to verify President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Sept. 20, 2013
ACLU begins SB 1070 education campaign for immigrants
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has prepared a campaign to educate the Arizona immigrant community about its rights under the remaining provisions of SB 1070.  KJZZ’s Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS media ruling could affect Phoenix outlets
The U.S. Supreme Court today let stand rules that place limits on ownership of broadcast outlets and newspapers in local markets. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.TERRY WARD: The High Court ruling means that one company is forbidden from owning both a major newspaper and a television station in the same market.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge in suit against Arpaio wont recuse himself
The judge in a suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff will not recuse himself, and the trial will go forward as scheduled. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being sued for racial profiling by a small group of Latinos.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale City Council appoints interim City Manager
The Scottsdale City Council has appointed an acting city manager, a week after the previous city manager resigned. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: In a special meeting, the council appointed Dan Worth to the post on an interim basis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fourth smuggling tunnel discovered on the border
Another tunnel has been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s the fourth tunnel this week authorities have found. The latest one was discovered Friday in Nogales, Ariz.. Federal investigators say the incomplete tunnel didn't appear to be in use.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU business school dean on the economy: ?grow or die?
Bob Mittelstaedt, retiring dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, assesses Arizona’s economy. Mittelstaedt says that Arizona is on the road to recovery with a fairly balanced budget, but that’s not enough.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio on the stand in civil trial
KJZZ's Lynn Kelly spoke to reporter Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, who is covering the civil trial against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff testified Tuesday. This is a midday update from the courthouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
New booster seat law to take effect Thursday
Hundreds of new laws will take effect this Thursday in Arizona, and among them is one that will require auto booster seats for kids younger than 8 years old or under 4'9" tall.  Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death of children, and the proper use of a safety seat reduces a child's fatality risk by 71 percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Valley?s wet monsoon season
An expert talks about the unpredictability of Arizona’s monsoon season, and explains why this year’s monsoon season is wetter than last year’s. Randy Cerveny, professor of Geological Science at Arizona State University, says the wetness of a monsoon season depends on how early heating over the desert occurs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Drought blamed for wild horse deaths on Navajo Nation
Wild horses on the drought-stricken Navajo Nation are fighting for their lives. Navajo Nation officials say lack of rainfall and high heat are drying up watering holes and leaving others with harmfully high levels of salt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Attorney wants to see medical marijuana in court
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he’s eager to put Arizona’s medical marijuana law in front of a judge, as defendant or plaintiff. Last year, Montgomery warned county employees not to process any zoning or permit applications for marijuana dispensaries, because the businesses would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Urban growth to raise temperatures
A new study predicts warmer temperatures in Arizona’s growing urban corridor by 2050. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the population between Nogales and Prescott is projected to exceed 9 million.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ford shows off a greener vehicle in Scottsdale
You may not realize it but that car seat you're riding on this morning may partially made from a soybean derivative. And if you're driving a newer-model Ford, it's almost a sure thing. The automaker held an event in Scottsdale last night to highlight the renewable aspects of its 2013 Fusion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Earthy-smelling tap water in Tempe has harmless cause
Some Tempe residents have noticed a change in the smell and taste of their tap water, but the city says there’s no reason to worry.  Over the last few days, Tempe’s tap water has -- for some residents -- taken on an earthy smell and taste.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Arizona Rep. Patterson acquitted
A former state representative has been acquitted of domestic violence charges, about four months after being forced to resign his seat over the matter. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.   Daniel Patterson (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) MARK BRODIE: In February, most House Democrats signed onto an ethics complaint against their then-colleague, Daniel Patterson.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Dept. of Corrections awards contract to private company
The Arizona Department of Corrections is expected to award a prison contract this week to a private out-of-state company, with the goal of producing 1,000 new medium-security inmate beds. While the location and expected cost of the facility expansion have not yet been determined, The Arizona Republic reports use of a private company is more costly for taxpayers, according to state records.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign finance becomes immediate issue between Carmona, Flake
It will be Congressman Jeff Flake facing former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona in the race for U.S. Senate. As KJZZ’s Al Macias reports, campaign finance is already an issue going into the general election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials highlight future plans for light rail
The City of Phoenix and Valley Metro celebrated the ongoing expansion of the light rail system Thursday morning by unveiling the markers for a new light rail route. The extension will help serve neighborhoods where the percentage of residents without cars is twice the county average.
Sept. 20, 2013
DNC delegates rally behind immigration policy debate
Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Loyd reports from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the impact the Latino vote will have on this election and in the future."Comprehensive immigration reform" are household words that give Democrats hope for the future.
Sept. 20, 2013

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