KJZZ News

Valley Metro fares to increase
The Valley Metro Board of Directors has approved a fare increase for public transit in the Phoenix area. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Starting on March first, it’ll cost a quarter more for local rides on the bus and light rail.
Sept. 20, 2013
Small business owner takes advantage of gloomy economy
Snapshots of the country’s economy show an improving housing market, growing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate that’s still high – but gradually getting better. There’s no doubt the nation – and Arizona -- are still facing serious economic problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling marijuana must stay in jail
A federal agent charged with helping smuggle drugs into the U.S. has been ordered to remain in jail. Border Patrol Agent Aaron Anaya was on duty earlier this month between Yuma and Wellton in southwestern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman-elect Matt Salmon
Former Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon talks about his return to the U.S. House following a twelve-year absence. Salmon tells Here and Now Host Steve Goldstein that he would have voted against the fiscal cliff legislation that passed the House on Tuesday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson program seeks to help recent dropouts earn high school diploma
The Tucson Mayor is joining forces with Sunnyside Unified School District to encourage dropouts to earn their high school diploma through a new program.The partnership, announced Thursday, is called GradLink.
Sept. 20, 2013
Should an African-American represent Phoenixs Eighth District council seat?
Tension is boiling over on whether the Eighth District seat on the Phoenix City Council needs to be held by an African-American.Former Councilman Calvin Goode argued that perspective in an Arizona Republic letter to the editor, writing that the Eighth was intended to be for an African-American when districts were drawn three decades ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix braces for another night of freezing cold
Cold has descended on an area of the country that's known for it's near-perfect weather this time of year. For days now, Southern California and Arizona have suffered through nights of sub-freezing temperatures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jerry Lewis on the importance of cooperation
Former State Senator Jerry Lewis, best known for defeating then-Senate President Russell Pearce in the 2011 recall election, says Arizona lawmakers need to look past party affiliation and work to do what's best for the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
As cancer treatment improves, oncology centers expand
Cancer is the second most common killer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control -- so it’s no surprise that cancer treatment gets a lot of attention. Later today, an outpatient cancer facility in Gilbert will break ground on a 100,000 square-foot expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013
What do Arizonans want?
The Center for the Future of Arizona has released a follow-up to it's 2009 report, called "The Arizona We Want 2.0." KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Lattie Coor about the updated version.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cactus thief sentenced
A Scottsdale man has been sentenced for stealing cacti from public lands in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver this week sentenced 46-year-old Kenneth Brian Cobb to five years of supervised probation and eight months of weekend incarceration for the theft.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona one of last states to deny licenses to DACA immigrants
The number of states granting driver's licenses to young immigrants who qualify for an Obama administration program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is growing. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports Arizona is one of the last remaining states to deny licenses to these immigrants.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reports: US Airways, American Airlines to merge soon
One of the largest private employers in Arizona appears to close to a merger. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines may be near a deal that’s been long in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sheriffs Office internal report available -- for a hefty fee
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has released the findings of an internal investigation into hundreds of uninvestigated or mishandled sex crimes. If you want a copy of the report, it’ll cost you 50 cents a page.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva, others oppose land exchange
There is another effort to exchange federal land for environmentally sensitive land in eastern Arizona. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced a bill yesterday that would swap federal land with similar sized parcels owned by the Resolution Copper Company.
Sept. 20, 2013
Section of highway collapses near Page
U.S. 89 in northern Arizona has been closed until further notice due to a sizable section of the highway which has buckled and collapsed about 25 miles south of Page. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Camels are part of Arizona history
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Sept. 20, 2013
Looming defense cuts have Arizona industry worried
Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to Arizona aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Sept. 20, 2013
No timetable yet for US 89 repairs
A large stretch of the US Route 89 south of Page remains closed a week after a landslide buckled the pavement.   A section of US 89 in northern Arizona collapsed Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation) The Arizona Department of Transportation still has no timetable for when the road will re-open, and it will be a  couple more weeks before ADOT engineers finish surveying the ground under the roadway, which sunk about five feet into the ground.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation peaks interest of uranium mining companies, again
Uranium mining companies are showing renewed interest in the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports several companies have begged the Tribe for permission to once again mine the uranium-rich land it sits upon.
Sept. 20, 2013

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