KJZZ News

The creators of Baby Blues on the state of comics
KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert speaks with the co-creators of the "Baby Blues" comic series. Cartoonists Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott discuss the declining newspaper industry, the future of comics, and more in this interview.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sec. of State Bennett: Officials are still tallying ballots
More than a week after the General Election, thousands of ballots across the state remain to be counted.  KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett about tally efforts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Job returns for Arizona-Mexico trade director
The state of Arizona is reinstating a position based in Hermosillo, Sonora, to promote cross-border trade. The new director of trade and investment will help Arizona companies build business in Mexico for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Sept. 20, 2013
Universities participate in flu pandemic drill Tuesday
Students from Arizona’s three universities will participate in a statewide flu pandemic exercise. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, Tuesday's drill will include up to 500 people.PETER O’DOWD: Students in health-related fields from universities in Tucson, Tempe, and Flagstaff will take part.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans: Help reporters cover the modern veterans experience
America is learning how to serve a new generation of veterans. More than 1.5 million people served in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are returning home to economic uncertainty, government bureaucracy, and a culture that doesn't always understand the experience of war.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum
For more than three centuries, Native Americans have served and sacrificed to defend the United States. Wayne L. Mitchell, left, George Blue Spruce at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial. (Photo by Dennis Lambert - KJZZ)Those commitments have been honored at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, with the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Arizona medical marijuana dispensary opens
The first Arizona marijuana medical dispensary opened its door Thursday in Glendale. It legally began distributing marijuana to the dozens of people who waited in line for hours to have their prescriptions filled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pledge drive suspended
KJZZ has suspended the End-Of-Year 2012 pledge drive to broadcast live coverage of the Connecticut school shootings. Special NPR news coverage will air until 2 p.m., followed by All Things Considered.The drawing for the Escape To Paris will still be held at 6 p.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young immigrants in Michigan follow Arizonas lead, file lawsuit
Three weeks after young immigrants in Arizona filed a class action lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on driver's licenses for deferred action recipients, a group in Michigan has done the same. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block report.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto National Forest to look at sustainability of recreation sites
Officials with the Tonto National Forest will be holding public meetings over the next two months. They want to get input on possible changes to the forest’s 215 developed recreation sites.They acknowledge changes are likely coming.
Sept. 20, 2013
Space Needle for downtown Phoenix?
The downtowns of some major U.S. cities are known for having unique architecture and skyscrapers, but that isn't the case in Phoenix. One development company, Novawest, is exploring the possibility of changing that with a concept that's being compared to Seattle's Space Needle.
Sept. 20, 2013
New wild horse rules
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will implement new rules restricting the private sale of wild horses and burros.The rules are in response to an investigation of Colorado livestock hauler Tom Davis, who has bought more than 1,700 horses since 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
City of Tucson to pay railroad for water main break
The Tucson City Council has approved a $990,000 settlement to Union Pacific Railroad for water main break. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.The settlement resolves a lawsuit Union Pacific filed following the massive water main break in its rail yard over two years ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Take-home pay shrinks as payroll tax cut expires
People who work in Arizona may notice their take-home pay has shrunk a little. That’s because a temporary cut in payroll taxes expired. In 2010, Congress passed a temporary two percent break in the Social Security rate to help stimulate the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Broken Border - a new Fronteras series, January 21-28
 Our immigration system is broken. An estimated 11 million people live in the United States without proper documentation. Visas are hard to come by, making it difficult to meet our labor needs and causing backlogs that have separated families for nearly 20 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Change could be coming to parking meter rules
A proposal to require cities to randomly inspect their parking meters has cleared its first legislative hurdle. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The bill would mandate cities test and calibrate ten percent of their meters every quarter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gang of Eight calls for immigration reform
Six years after a promising, bipartisan push to reform U.S. immigration policy was upended in Congress, a so-called Gang of Eight Senators officially revived the effort today. The group—led by Democrat Charles Schumer of New York and Arizona Republican John McCain—says its proposal is comprehensive, including making the southern border more secure and creating an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Grace takes plea, will work for Dbacks again
Former Arizona Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge this morning. This is his second DUI charge. As part of the plea agreement his sentence will include work release jail time, three years probation and an interlock device on his vehicle for six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Italian company to build solar power plant near Maricopa
An Italian company that wants to build a huge new photovoltaic solar power plant outside Maricopa, Ariz., is holding a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the facility with its neighbors. (Map courtesy of BLM) Dennis Godfrey of the Bureau of Land Management says the 1,700-acre site, about 12 miles west of Maricopa and north of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, has been designated by the BLM as a Renewable Energy Development Area,“That land is/has low resource conflicts, meaning there’s not visual or cultural or wildlife characteristics that would preclude it as being used as a renewable energy site," Godfrey said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Fest starts on Sunday
Sunday marks the start of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with its Executive Director, Jerry Mittelman and Roberta Grossman, Producer and Director of one of the films showing in the festival: "Hava Nagila: The Movie.
Sept. 20, 2013

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