KJZZ News

Arizona receives B grade in new study on government transparency
Arizona receives high marks in a new survey that evaluates public access to state spending records. But researchers say there’s room for more government transparency in the state. The report has been released by the non-partisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group, or AZPIRG.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona educator reflects on Eddie Bashas dedication to schools
Arizona educators are remembering Eddie Basha for his dedication to public schools and children in need.  The businessman and philanthropist died Tuesday at age 75.  He’s probably best known for the chain of grocery stores that his family started in Arizona, but Eddie Basha also served on the State Board of Regents and ran for governor in the 1990s.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird Raceways last night out bittersweet for fans
After 30 years in business, the lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
Sept. 20, 2013
What Term Best Describes Immigrants Living In The U.S. Illegally?
The Associated Press Stylebook no longer will sanction using the term "illegal immigrant." The decision has been applauded by Latino advocates. For years, many protested the AP and other journalism organizations, including The New York Times, over usage of what they believed to be an offensive term.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Board of Regents approves tuition hike for three state universities
The Arizona Board of Regents has unanimously approved more than $100 million in tuition and fee increase at the state’s three universities for the next academic year.   Base tuition and mandatory fees will go up 3 percent at Arizona State and the University of Arizona and they’ll increase anywhere between 2-5 percent at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
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Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix mayor heads to Mexico City for trade mission
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is traveling to Mexico City on Wednesday to lead a trade mission there. The purpose is to strengthen economic ties with our neighbor to the South.The delegation from Phoenix includes city and business leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Salt River Project says Nevada Utility wants to sell its share of SRPs Navajo coal power plant
Salt River Project Company confirmed that a Nevada utility wants to sell its share of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona. It’s the latest in a series of financial hits for SRP.Nevada state lawmakers have approved legislation that allows Nevada Energy Incorporated to sell its 11 percent share of the SRP-operated Navajo Generating Station by 2019.
Sept. 20, 2013
Easter hams bring audits for grocery stores
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures says it found some retailers were overcharging customers for their Easter hams. Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they wanted to ensure customers were getting a fair and accurate price, but found some problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines grounds flights, reveals new merger details
As American Airlines grappled with a failed computer system, more information came to light about the company’s proposed merger with US Airways. If bankrupt American joins with Tempe-based US Airways, the company will become the largest carrier in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senate rejects changes to recall elections
The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposal to expand recall elections to include both primaries and general elections. The Senate had given the bill its preliminary approval on Tuesday. At that time, members also added a provision to include the incumbent’s name on both the primary and general election ballots, even if that incumbent lost in the primary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Star Wars goes Navajo
“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi …” Chances are, you’ve heard those iconic words before. But you’ve never heard them in Dine, the official language of the Navajo. At least not yet. Manuelito Wheeler is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says Congress wont give Napolitano flexibility on border fence funds
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she would like to have flexibility on the proposal to designate $1.5 billion for a border fence, under the immigration reform law.  But, KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports Arizona’s U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scrap metal monitoring bill passes the House
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a bill creating tougher monitoring of scrap metal transactions. The measure, from Representative Tom Forese enhances anti-theft laws to require all scrap dealers to register with the Department of Public Safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature to work three-day weeks, starting this week
The state capitol will be quiet Monday today, as lawmakers take the day off – they’re expected to work Tuesdays through Thursdays for a little while.That reflects the fact that there’s not a lot left to do this session.
Sept. 20, 2013
High health care costs put strain on seniors
The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on older Americans. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute says the typical senior has seen a lower income and higher expenses. State AARP director David Mitchell says one place that's showing up is in the cost of health care, where seniors are spending an average of $3,100 a year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jeff Flake on supporting immigration reform, voting against background checks
Senator Jeff Flake has been criticized by many on the left for his vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. He's also been hit hard by conservatives for being part of the Gang of Eight's efforts on comprehensive immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coupon counterfeiter will go to prison
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years in prison and may  pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March, 41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities arrest a man suspected of starting 10 fires in woods near Flagstaff
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested.  All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
Sept. 20, 2013

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