KJZZ News

The American Community Survey stirs up controversy
Every 10 years the Census Bureau conducts a nationwide count of the U.S. population. The last complete count was completed two years ago, but now another annual survey from the Census Bureau is causing controversy.
Jul. 19, 2012
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.
Jul. 18, 2012
The psychological impact of wildfires
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Jul. 18, 2012
Defense jobs and Arizona?s economy
Two experts explain the importance of defense jobs in Arizona’s economy, and what needs to be done to attract the aerospace industry.Dr. Werner Dahm, director of ASU’s Security and Defense Systems Initiative, and Dr.
Jul. 18, 2012
FHA to sell off pools of distressed mortgages in Phoenix
The Federal Housing Administration is expanding a program that it hopes will entice investors and help people avoid foreclosure. It’s called the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. Pools of FHA-insured mortgages where the borrower is at least six months behind will be sold to investors at a competitive rate.
Jul. 18, 2012
Difference in tax measure?s language deemed minor error
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he would not put a sales tax measure on the ballot because paper and electronic language differed. Early Wednesday morning a Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided that it was a minor error and that the measure is valid.
Jul. 18, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
A class action lawsuit that goes to trial in Phoenix on July 19 will bring more attention to the tactics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Jul. 18, 2012
ASU to study colorectal cancer in minority, low-income populations
Arizona State University has received a $3 million grant to fund cancer research in underserved populations. The money, from the National Cancer Institute, will help fund a four-year study aimed at increasing colorectal cancer screening among minority and low-income populations.
Jul. 18, 2012
Planned Parenthood of Arizona sues to block new state law
Planned Parenthood of Arizona has sued the state. As KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, it’s trying to block a new state law banning public money from going to organizations that provide abortions from taking effect next month.
Jul. 17, 2012
Convicted Serial Shooter Dale Hausner has asked the state Supreme Court to expedite his pending execution. Hausner was sentenced to death for killing six people in the mid-2000s.PETER O’DOWD: Hausner handwrote his letter to Arizona’s highest court on lined paper.
Jul. 17, 2012
Sales tax initiative backers sue Secretary of State
Backers of a sales tax increase are scheduled to go to court Wednesay morning to save months of work from being invalidated. In 2010, the state legislature referred a one cent sales tax hike to the ballot to help cover budget deficits.
Jul. 17, 2012
Arizona could lose 50,000 jobs if budget cuts aren
Phoenix’s mayor is in Washington, D.C. today. He joined a bipartisan group at the release of a new study on how automatic budget cuts would affect the country. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a so-called supercommittee that looked at reducing the deficit and increasing revenues, but it repeatedly failed to reach an agreement, meaning that automatic, widespread cuts called budget sequestration are scheduled to hit in January.
Jul. 17, 2012
Glendale rejects signatures to ask voters to overturn Coyotes deal
Glendale has rejected the signatures turned in by critics of the city’s deal with the prospective new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. They’d wanted to give city voters a chance to overturn the 20-year, $324 million lease agreement.
Jul. 16, 2012
Main road into Crown King closed after weekend mudslide
Road closures are a continued headache for drivers heading into Crown King. Thunderstorms on Saturday dumped 6 inches of rain on Crown King and caused a mudslide that forced the closure of Crown King Road, the main thoroughfare into town off Interstate 17.
Jul. 16, 2012
State Bar, USCIS partner to curb unauthorized practice of immigration law
The Arizona State Bar is partnering with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other local and federal agencies to crack down on the unauthorized practice of immigration law. The State Bar says it’s becoming increasingly concerned about so-called notarios, who act as legal advisers to Latino immigrants but are often scammers.
Jul. 16, 2012
Senator Kyl defends Romney on Bain Capital issue
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is defending Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on claims his company, Bain Capital, outsourced jobs while he was still at the helm. On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Kyl said President Obama was stretching the truth in making the charges.
Jul. 16, 2012
Sunday storms cause floods, knock out power
Severe storms in Tucson yesterday downed power lines and caused flash flooding. The Tucson metro area saw between 1 inch and 2.5 inches of rain Sunday afternoon and evening. There were also reports of some fairly large hail, and a wind gust that reached 61 miles per hour.
Jul. 16, 2012
Deadline nears for advocates to block "show me your papers"
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's immigration law means police there will soon be required to check immigration status if they suspect illegal presence, unless litigants in a parallel lawsuit block that from happening.
Jul. 13, 2012
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.
Jul. 13, 2012
County offers a
Arizona’s child-restraint law will get tougher next month. But Maricopa County is helping distribute booster seats for people who need them. PETER O’DOWD: Kids younger than 8 years old -- or shorter than 4'9" -- must be in a child restraint when they’re in the car.
Jul. 13, 2012

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