KJZZ News

Audits up, arrests down in worksite immigration enforcement
Federal audits to ensure Arizona businesses are following proper hiring practices to employ legal workers quadrupled over the last four years, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports these audits are up, but federal arrests of undocumented workers are down.
Sept. 20, 2013
How Do You Feel About The Pope Resigning?
Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pope to resign in 600 years. Reactions around the world are mixed. But we want to know how you feel across the Southwest.
Sept. 20, 2013
GOP-led committee holds hearing on drivers licenses for DACA immigrants
Governor Jan Brewer still says no to Arizona driver's licenses for young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally and now qualify for a federal program. On Thursday a Republican-led legislative committee listened to supporters of a bill that would allow such a move.
Sept. 20, 2013
Garagiola retires from Diamondbacks booth
Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola will not be returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks this summer. At a press conference Wednesday, Garagiola said he's retiring. The 87-year-old says he's in good health, but ready to spend more time with his wife.
Sept. 20, 2013
Released latex balloons a threat to southern Arizona animals
The Univeristy of Arizona study found that helium balloons released in Tucson end up in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Higley school district includes parents in safety talks
Two months after the Sandy Hook shooting, schools continue to look for ways to improve campus security. One East Valley school district organized a forum to get parents more involved.  One idea was rejected immediately.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona universities face growing pains
Arizona’s public universities are usually described as thriving and constantly growing. Arizona State University is the biggest in the nation by enrollment and fights off rivals to keep that rank. The University of Arizona in Tucson is in the fight too, aggressively wooing students to its campus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pinal Countys new budget freezes spending
Pinal County Supervisors are negotiating a new budget, but funds are tight and spending for some departments will be frozen to make ends meet.  Pinal County’s spending plan for the next fiscal year starting in June is expected to reach $400 million -- that’s a slight increase over the last budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nonprofits battle for venture capital
A group of eight Arizona nonprofits will compete Tuesday in Tempe for up to $100,000 in venture capital.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: This is the third year that Social Venture Partners Arizona has held its Fast Pitch event, which gives nonprofit organizations, many of which focus on children, three minutes to explain why their mission is most deserving of investment money.
Sept. 20, 2013
Efforts Underway to Prevent Terrorist Attacks on Arizona Water Supply
Security at airports and other public places has been stepped up in Arizona to guard against terrorist attacks.  And now, officials are updating efforts to protect the state’s water supplies from sabotage or contamination by terrorist groups.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate committee looks to restrict eligibility for jobless benefits
A state Senate Committee will again this week attempt to vote on a bill putting more responsibility on people filing for jobless benefits. Representative Warren Petersen's bill would require workers to submit documents, if the employer tells DES the worker quit or abandoned the position.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marking 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda
Today marks 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda, the Mesa man whose name became synonymous with the rights of criminal suspects.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports on the lasting impact of the Supreme Court case that bears Miranda’s name.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson faces $15 million budget shortfall
Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale Police Commander accepts Casa Grande police chief job
 A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU responds to Sparky backlash
It seemed like a good idea three weeks ago. That’s when ASU rolled out the new and improved version of its iconic mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil. But the university announced Monday it's already planning to change the new version.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT proposes alternative to damaged U.S.89
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS decision on gay marriage could impact Arizona domestic benefits ruling
Arizona officials will be watching closely as the U.S. Supreme Court considers gay marriage today. The outcome of the case could impact a lawsuit over benefits for domestic partners for gay state and university employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
Child custody hearing bill headed to governor
A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Supreme Court may consider marijuana driving case
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving under the influence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District seeks superintendent
The Tucson Unified School District is on the hunt for a new superintendent. The TUSD’s governing board approved the search Tuesday night. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the district will use an external firm to conduct the national search.
Sept. 20, 2013

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