A challenger in the recall election of senator Russell Pearce promises to run a clean campaign. Jerry Lewis formally announced his candidacy to a crowd of family and friends in Mesa this morning. But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports, he faces a difficult task in unseating the Senate President.
Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the compromise between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for judicial nominee voting.Tobias says that the current agreement excludes several excellent candidates, but new compromises can still be reached.
ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is holding a ‘Solar Summit’ today and tomorrow. The event will look at solar energy development in the southwest. Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert speaks with solar industry analyst MJ Shau, a senior analyst with Green Tech Media, to discuss the topic.
Last December’s investigation into the Fiesta Bowl’s gifts to elected officials led Maricopa Attorney Bill Montgomery to determine laws were too vague to prosecute any of the involved parties. Montgomery says due to a lack of education among elected officials about accepting gifts and confusion on how gifts are defined kept him from prosecuting anyone.
It’s that time of year when increased temperatures create the potential for a type of air pollution you can’t see or smell. Ozone but can be deadly to asthmatics, children and seniors with respiratory problems.
An increasing number of Arizonans have enrolled in a federal health care plan even as the U-S Supreme Court determines its fate. Since January, almost 500 people have been accepted into the state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a 25-percent jump.
Tucson will be allowed to continue holding partisan city elections, after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Tucson sued the state, after the legislature in 2009 approved a law that banned cities from holding partisan elections.
Jon Kyl is retiring, opening up a Senate seat in Arizona for the first time since 1994. Kyl talks about his final goals and answers listener questions. KJZZ's Here and Now host Steve Goldstein and Senator Jon Kyl prepare for the show.
Former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Lisa Aubuchon is appealing her disbarment. Aubuchon and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were stripped of their legal licenses last week. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
A bill that would require booster seats for some Arizona car passengers is advancing in the state legislature.MARK BRODIE: The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require kids younger than eight, and shorter than 4-9 to sit in booster seats while riding in cars.
One of the state’s most popular lottery games is going to cost more starting Jan. 15 . Lottery officials say winning tickets will pay more too. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: A ticket for the Powerball lottery will now cost $2.
Many Arizona workers are getting a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage goes up today to $7.65. KJZZ’s Al Macias explains. Arizona voters approved a state minimum wage in 2006 that is not tied to the federal rate of $7.
Earth Day was marked Sunday across the U.S. It was started in 1970 and is considered by many to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. KJZZ's Bri Valdivia reports.Earth Day and Arbor Day highlight ways to think about our environmental impact, and acts as a way to get people to consider the habits they have year-round.
The Mesa Arts Center is getting a $58,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As KJZZ's Terry Ward reports from Phoenix, the money will help fund the Center's 'Jazz from A to Z' program.TERRY WARD: 'Jazz from A to Z' promotes music courses for junior high and high school students, funds workshops for teachers and students and will sponsor a jazz festival next April.
Around 22,000 low-income kids will now be able to get health care, through Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program, known as Kids Care. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The state has frozen enrollment in KidsCare since 2010.
Arizona will receive close to $2 million, as part of $100 million multi-state settlement with Abbott Laboratories. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Forty-five states and the federal government alleged Abbott marketed its drug, Depakote, for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The city of Mesa will break ground on the new spring training home for the Chicago Cubs on July 11. A rendering of the mezzanine view at the proposed 15,000-seat stadium in Mesa. (Rendering courtesy City of Mesa)From the KJZZ newsroom, I’m Al Macias.
A federal judge has denied the City of Tombstone an emergency request to repair its water system in the Huachuca Mountains. The 130-year old system was badly damaged by floods and wildfires last year. From Phoenix, Al Macias reports.
After the sun sets and the lights go out in the newsroom, KJZZ Music Director and Host Blaise Lantana and her team take over the 91.5 airwaves to share the cool sounds of classic jazz.Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster.