KJZZ News

Barber elected to replace Giffords
PHOENIX (Associated Press) — Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.
Sept. 20, 2013
District 9 Republican Candidate Forum - June 25
The race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the state. This newly formed district will serve the Ahwatukee Foothills, west Chandler, west Mesa, Tempe, parts of Paradise Valley, south Scottsdale and north-central Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ron Barber to hold first event at a Tucson Safeway
Newly elected Representative Ron Barber will hold his first "Congress on the Corner" event this weekend in Tucson. Barber was sworn in this week, replacing former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded at a similar event lat year.
Sept. 20, 2013
New playoff system for college football championship expected in 2014
College football has adopted a four-team playoff to determine its national champion.  The new system will replace the Bowl Championship Series in the 2014 season.  Dennis Lambert was joined by Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton to discuss the new playoff and its impact on the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Community colleges tobacco ban takes effect
Smokers on the ten Maricopa County Community College campuses will have to go elsewhere to use tobacco. A new rule banning tobacco goes into effect July 1.KJZZ’s Al Macias reports. AL MACIAS: The Maricopa County Community College District joins hundreds of other colleges and campuses across the country that are banning tobacco.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southbound SR 143 to connect to Sky Harbor Boulevard
There’s a new entrance to Sky Harbor airport that’s ready to open Monday morning. The Arizona Department of Transportation will open a new ramp connecting Southbound State Route 143 with Sky Harbor Boulevard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican Primary for Senate heats up
Two experts talk about Arizona’s Republican Primary for Senate and the barbs exchanged between Jeff Flake and Wil Cardon. Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, says Republican strategists are confident they can keep someone from their party in the Senate seat, but negative ads are making them nervous.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sunday storms cause floods, knock out power
Severe storms in Tucson yesterday downed power lines and caused flash flooding. The Tucson metro area saw between 1 inch and 2.5 inches of rain Sunday afternoon and evening. There were also reports of some fairly large hail, and a wind gust that reached 61 miles per hour.
Sept. 20, 2013
NASA launches test capsule over Yuma Proving Ground
Wednesday morning a C-17 military transport aircraft launched a NASA test capsule over Yuma Proving Ground.  Michelle Faust from member station KAWC in Yuma, Arizona was at the drop of the NASA Parachute Test Vehicle.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU to streamline financial aid letter
Arizona State University announced it will be among the first in the country to use a new financial aid worksheet. It's part of a larger effort by the Obama Administration to help students better understand the true cost of college education.
Sept. 20, 2013
New U of A medical school building promotes collaboration
The University of Arizona College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix debuts a new building today. U of A President Ann Weaver Hart is set to tour the $100 million facility that aims to change how medicine is taught.
Sept. 20, 2013
New strategies in fire fighting
Earlier this week a Rand Corporation report claimed there are more effective means of fighting fires, and its lead author explains how. Edward Keating is a senior economist at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif.
Sept. 20, 2013
How an excessive heat warning is determined
An excessive heat warning is to take effect at 10 a.m. Monday and run through at least Wednesday. Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman of the National Weather Service explains how they determine when the heat is excessive.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desert culture and environment
A project called Desert Initiative: Desert One takes a look at the culture and environment in the nation’s four desert regions. Greg Esser, associate director of the Desert Initiative Project, says they’re looking at the arts as a way to investigate the desert in new and innovative ways.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Supreme Court scheduled to rule on death sentence appeal
The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule today on the appeal of Isiah Patterson. Patterson was sentenced to death in 2009 in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Mesa. A jury convicted Patterson of first-degree murder, and they found the 2006 killing was especially cruel and that there were no circumstances warranting a lenient sentence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa installs electric car chargers
DENNIS LAMBERT: We’ve been reporting all week on the impact of climate change in the Southwest. One way the City of Mesa is responding is by installing electric vehicle charging stations at the Art Center, the Main Public Library and the Convention Center.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Supervisors vote to keep current property tax rate
Homeowners in Maricopa County might see their property taxes drop by up to $20, and that means less money for the county.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to keep the current property tax rate.
Sept. 20, 2013
What makes a protest successful?
Three experts discuss why people protest and how the successes of protests are measured. Tom Jenney, the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity, and his fellow demonstrator. (Photo by Tracy Greer - KJZZ)Tom Jenney is the Arizona director of Americans for Prosperity, a group which organizes grassroots support for various causes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Justice sending election observers into Maricopa County
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will monitor polling places in Maricopa County for discrimination during Tuesday’s primary election.  Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Justice Department is authorized to send federal observers into certain jurisdictions -- including Arizona -- to monitor polling locations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Russell Pearce loses comeback bid
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has defeated former State Senate President Russell Pearce in the GOP primary by a large margin. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Worsley says he’s not surprised by the margin of the win -- he says internal polls showed him up by as much as 15 percent against the man behind Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070.
Sept. 20, 2013

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