KJZZ News

Construction labor produces employment ripple effects
As new construction slowly comes back to Phoenix, its shaking up the Valley's labor needs. Contractors are scrambling to recruit workers, and that's creating a ripple effect in other sectors. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Abuse of fireworks could mean petty offense
The punishment for the abuse of Arizona's fireworks laws would be reduced, under a bill approved by the state House.  It makes violations a petty offense, rather than the current misdemeanor.  But, the idea doesn't sit well with Yuma Democrat Lisa Otondo.
Sept. 20, 2013
$1 million federal grant will help improve Arizona math standards
The Roosevelt School District is the only one in the Valley that will benefit from a recently awarded federal education grant. The money will be used to help boost math scores among elementary students.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court rules school bond law unconstitutional
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled a 2010 state law allowing school districts to spend unused bond money without asking voters is unconstitutional.  The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel Thursday is a win for the Goldwater Institute and a loss for the Cave Creek Unified School District.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain still seeking Benghazi answers
Arizona Senator John McCain and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are demanding answers from the Obama administration about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the two say they'll oppose the president's appointment of John Brennan to head the CIA, until they get them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer champions Medicaid expansion
Governor Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama probably don’t agree on much, but when it comes to Medicaid in Arizona, they seem to be on the same page. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held a rally Tuesday in support of Medicaid expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed Near Arizona Wildlife Refuge
A proposed cross-border natural gas pipeline in southern Arizona is leading to concerns about the protection of a wildlife refuge in the area.  Texas-based Kinder Morgan Company wants to construct the 200 million dollar pipeline that would transport El Paso natural gas to customers in Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican president proposes telecom reform
Mexico’s President has proposed major telecommunications reforms that are supported by the nation’s three major political parties.The changes would create two new national television channels and form a powerful independent regulatory commission along the lines of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
The push for Medicaid expansion in Arizona continues
Governor Jan Brewer continues her efforts to expand Medicaid in Arizona, but many conservatives are critical — saying the Governor is selling out principles in exchange for federal money. Steve Goldstein gets different perspectives on the proposed expansion from Mary K.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Councilman Valenzuela to address International Association of Fire Fighters
One of Phoenix’s city councilmen is in Washington, D.C. for the second time in as many weeks. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, he’s calling attention to how Phoenix and other U.S. cities will suffer after federal budget cuts.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways, American make case for merger
The CEOs of Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines made the case for their companies’ proposed merger before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. The two men argued joining forces would be good for the airline industry and consumers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix considers $1.2 million effort to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright homes
The half-dozen Frank Lloyd Wright designed-buildings in Phoenix could be designated as historical landmarks. The Phoenix City Council could decide today if they’ll allocate funds to assure the buildings are protected.
Sept. 20, 2013
New ASU outreach center opens in California
Arizona State University has opened an outreach center in Santa Monica, Calif. to attract residents of that state to Arizona. Spokesman James O'Brien says the center will also benefit ASU alumni. “Probably our largest alumni association chapter is in Los Angeles and so it provides a place where not only employees of the university but volunteers and alumni and friends of the university can engage,” O’Brien said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reports reveal details in Tucson shooting
Authorities in Arizona have released thousands of pages of documents in the case against the man convicted in the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage. Jared Loughner was sentenced to life in prison in November.
Sept. 20, 2013

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