KJZZ News

Cigarette ban may have cleared out more than smoke
Five years ago this month the Smoke Free Arizona act went into effect. A Valley bar owner and a health services expert talk about how the act changed the Arizona bar scene. Mark DeSimone, owner of the Hidden House Cocktail Lounge in Phoenix, says the Smoke Free Arizona act did more to hurt business and drive away customers in his bar than the recession or crackdown on DUI laws.
May. 30, 2012
State lawmaker
Two children of a state lawmaker from Kingman have been arrested on felony drug charges. Five people, including 31-year-old Stephanie Goodale and 27-year-old Michael Goodale, were arrested last week after a three month investigation into heroin trafficking.
May. 30, 2012
Summer means construction along Northern Arizona highways
With summer vacation under way, here’s something to keep in mind if you’re driving to Northern Arizona—highway construction. The I-17 Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange reconstruction project. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation)Work is being done on the Cordes Junction interchange at I-17 and SR 69 – 65 miles north of Phoenix.
May. 30, 2012
Third challenger files to run against Sheriff Joe Arpaio
A third challenger to Sheriff Joe Arpaio has entered the race for Maricopa County Sheriff. John Rowan, standing with campaign staff and volunteers, carries his box of nominating signatures in the Maricopa County Elections office.
May. 29, 2012
Candidates
Candidates running for office this year are facing a deadline of this afternoon to turn in their petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie has more.MARK BRODIE: Today is the deadline for candidates to file their petition signatures to get on the ballot in this year’s election.
May. 29, 2012
Luring manufacturing jobs back to Arizona
The push is on from the White House on down for American companies to return manufacturing jobs to U.S. soil. As Governor Brewer talks up Arizona in France and Germany, Morning Edition's Dennis Lambert spoke with Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
May. 29, 2012
Police report more designated drivers during holiday weekend
Police agencies fanned out across the state this Memorial Day weekend trying to keep drunk drivers off the road. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports. TERRY WARD: Statewide, more than 1,700 officers were on DUI detail this holiday weekend.
May. 29, 2012
Girl seeks geek at Phoenix Comicon speed dating
Online dating may not be for everyone. At this weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, self-described geeks and nerds have found an alternative. KJZZ’s Laura Palmisano explains. Gemma German during a geek speed dating session at Phoenix Comicon.
May. 29, 2012
Mexico prepares for upcoming presidential election
On July 1, Mexico will elect a new president.  Whichever of the three major candidates wins will take responsibility for a country that's reeling with drug violence.  KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd and Michel Marizco are traveling Mexico's border with the United States to report on the elections and to ask why they matter to the U.
May. 28, 2012
Arizona continues efforts to lure high-paying jobs
Arizona lost more than 300,000 jobs during the recession, and estimates suggest the state has gained only about a quarter of them back. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie and Devin Browne look at what kinds of jobs are filling the gap.
May. 25, 2012
Employees of the state of Arizona: Will you give up merit protection?
As part of Governor Brewer's push for personnel reform, employees of the state of Arizona covered by merit protection are eligible for a one-time "retention stipend" if they give up their covered status.
May. 25, 2012
How much would you spend to keep a pet healthy?
For many of us, an animal is an integral and cherished part of our family. But when a pet faces a major medical crisis, how much would you be willing to spend to save or prolong its life? Share your thoughts.
May. 25, 2012
Glendale fireworks ban takes effect
Another city is banning the use of fireworks. Glendale’s ordinance takes effect Friday just as the Memorial Day weekend gets under way. State law allows for the sale of consumer fireworks throughout Arizona, but that doesn’t mean they are legal to use everywhere.
May. 25, 2012
Changes coming to Camelback Mountain
The popularity of hiking Camelback Mountain has for years strained relationships between area residents and hikers, but changes are coming that might ease that strain.The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board has approved some potential solutions to the parking problems near Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon.
May. 25, 2012
Phoenix Comicon: A more intimate geek experience
Friday marks the 35th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie, which spawned a generation of sci-fi fans. In Phoenix more than 30,000 people are expected this weekend for the 10th annual Phoenix Comicon which brings together science fictions buffs and comic book fans.
May. 24, 2012
Lawsuit filed to stop transfer of mortgage settlement money
Housing advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. They want a judge to stop the state from taking $50 million from a mortgage settlement to help balance the budget. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
May. 24, 2012
Celebrate Miles Davis Birthday this Friday!
Memorial Day weekend gets off to a great start as we celebrate the birthday anniversary of jazz legend Miles Davis. From "Kind of Blue," one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, to "Bitches Brew," Miles Davis was a visionary who led the evolution of jazz from haunting melodies and bop to the birth of the cool and electric fusion.
May. 24, 2012
More Arizonans expected to travel this Memorial Day than in 2011
More than 700,000 Arizonans are expected to travel this holiday weekend. And, if they all do, it would be around a one and a half percent increase over last year’s Memorial Day travel. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
May. 23, 2012
Emergency declaration for Yavapai County
An area affected by the Gladiator Fire will be getting some help from the state. KJZZ's Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Governor Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency for Yavapai County, because of the Gladiator Fire.
May. 23, 2012

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