KJZZ News

Arizonans Prepare To Sign Up For Health Care Expansion Under Federal And State Programs
About 1 million people in Arizona could get health insurance next year.  The long awaited Affordable Health Care Act will not start providing benefits until January, but you can start signing up for a plan this fall.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Citizens Clean Elections Commissions New Executive Director
When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recovery Efforts Continue In Yarnell
The Yarnell Hill Fire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters June 30, but it also devastated the little town of Yarnell. It will cost an estimated $6 million to rebuild homes and businesses. Still, that wasn’t enough to qualify for Federal Emergency Management Assistance funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desert Crosses Memorialize Deceased Border Crossers, Work As GPS To Aid In Rescues
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has erected its first cross marking the death of an illegal border crosser, since announcing an effort to put the GPS markers along I-8 just over a week ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health Care Affiliation Closer to Reality
The boards of directors of two Valley health care companies have signed off on a deal to form a system-wide affiliation. Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network earlier this year announced plans to form Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jeep Tours To Resume In Part Of McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Jeep tour operators will now be able to take passengers out in a small part of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Jeep tours will be resuming in a section of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain Wants Resolution For Full Syria Strike
Arizona Sen. John McCain met with President Obama Monday to discuss the possibility of limited strikes on Syria. McCain told NPR’s Steve Inskeep Tuesday that he believes approving the resolution is an absolute necessity.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain, VA Touting Program To Speed Up Veterans Disability Claims
Arizona’s senior senator is planning a series of events to help veterans get the services they need more quickly.  Arizona Sen. John McCain. (Photo courtesy of Office of Sen. John McCain) According to a Center for Investigative Reporting analysis, the average wait time for Phoenix veterans filing new disability claims with the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Treating Teen?s Death As Homicide
Phoenix police said they are treating the death of an aspiring teenage boxer as a homicide, after his parents found him dead in his home Tuesday. Sergeant Trent Crump said 17-year-old Alexis Urbina-Ochoa was home from school Tuesday morning and last seen alive at 10:30 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Arizonas Economy Is Showing Signs Of Life
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life.  Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years.  Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
Sept. 20, 2013
 Fresh & Easy Is Sold, Stores Will Close
The British-owned chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores has been sold to a billionaire from California, and some locations will be closing. Fresh & Easy has several locations across the Valley, including this one on Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Midwives Want Ability To Use Meds
Arizona midwives are seeking permission to give their patients potentially life-saving drugs. As it stands now, midwives now face felony charges if they buy, carry or administer medication. So, the Arizona Association of Midwives is looking for the ability to use items like eye ointment for newborns and anti-hemorrhaging drugs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Constable Warrant Program Brings County Millions
Nearly $100 million in unpaid fines have gone uncollected in Maricopa County. A program run by several constables has started to put a small dent in that amount. The Maricopa County Constables Warrant Program gives deputies jurisdiction to arrest people who have unpaid fines for misdemeanors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation Seeks Disaster Declaration For Rain, Flood Damages
The Navajo Nation is asking FEMA to declare a major disaster for the area, after heavy rains and floods damaged homes, roads and infrastructure in many Native American communities.  Navajo nation spokesman Ernie Zah says the Tribe has already spent more than a million dollars to cope with the damage from several different storms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Here & Now: 14th Amendment
( Phoenix, AZ ) Here and Now's Steve Goldstein talks to author Clint Bolick about his book, Death Grip: Loosening the Law's Stranglehold over Economic Liberty. The book takes a look at a Supreme Court case than changed the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and why people should be working to reverse a court decision made in 1873.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jazz Venues & Organizations
DECEMBER 2012 Events subject to change. Compiled by Patricia Myers for Jazz in AZ.Edited by Michele Robins for KJZZ.View the jazz venues map.SCOTTSDALE-FOUNTAIN HILLS-PARADISE VALLEYAll American Sports Grill, 16872 E.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Targets Convenience Store Crime
Politicians in Mesa say the city’s convenience stores have a crime problem.  The city council is about to pass an ordinance requiring store owners to crank up security. It’s bad news for beer thieves.
Sept. 20, 2013

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