KJZZ News

Third-party candidates on the Arizona ballot
Republican and Democratic candidates are not alone in this presidential election. Third-party candidates are also included on ballots in many states, including Arizona. Often times these political groups go unnoticed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Public transit in Valley might be getting more expensive
Valley Metro is asking for feedback on proposed fare increases on public transit. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with ASU's Aaron Golub about what the 25-50 cent rise in fares might mean for passengers, and for the transit agency itself.
Sept. 20, 2013
A satirical look at the elections process
With all the seriousness surrounding election season, we decided to lighten up a bit. Election ads are everywhere, though they’ll magically disappear following next Tuesday. You may think you’ve seen or heard everything possible.
Sept. 20, 2013
Developer plans inland port for Casa Grande
Groups of cities are scrambling to create transportation hubs in Arizona that would reap the advantages of global commerce. It was the topic of a story we reported last week about the future of the North American Free Trade agreement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa school district override rejected
Voters in the City of Maricopa rejected the school district’s request for a budget increase. This is the Maricopa Unified School District’s fifth attempt at asking voters for additional funding.
Sept. 20, 2013
Director of Arizona Department of Veterans Services: Jobs are biggest concern
Veterans’ Day is Sunday, and events are planned throughout the state to honor the estimated 600,000 military veterans living in Arizona. That means a busy few days for Colonel Joey Strickland, the Director of the state Department of Veterans’ Services.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health care exchanges explained
Friday was the deadline for states to decide whether to create health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.  But, at the request of a number of governors, the Obama administration has delayed the deadline until Dec.
Sept. 20, 2013
Black Friday: Everybodys trying to get an edge
This used to be the day retailers counted on to bring their annual sales into the black, which led to the designation Black Friday. But that has changed dramatically. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert was joined by Michael Denning, a marketing professor in the W.
Sept. 20, 2013
NM peanut plant shut down by FDA
The Food and Drug Administration has shut down a New Mexico peanut butter processor after dozens of people in 20 states were sickened.  For the first time the FDA is using new enforcement authority it gained in 2011.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health care expert examines Brewers decision on health care exchange
Governor Jan Brewer has decided against a state-operated health exchange.  She’s leaving the job to the federal government.  Health exchanges will sell health insurance coverage to people who need it, under the Affordable Care Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tracking and preventing concussions suffered by young athletes
There are around 90,000 high school athletes in Arizona, and a program set to be launched early next year aims to track how many of them suffer concussions. To discuss the joint effort, guest host Mark Brodie talked to Dr.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU President Michael Crow
Arizona State University President Michael Crow came to the desert ten years ago. On KJZZ's Here and Now, he talks about the future of higher education in Arizona--including Mesa's efforts to attract private college branches--and the impact of his first decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
My Family, Foreclosed
At this time three years ago, the nation’s housing crisis set off waves of despair around the holiday season. That’s when KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd first met the White family from Glendale. The Whites were grappling with job loss, foreclosure, and the threat of bankruptcy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona transportation officials to review Phoenix-Tucson rail comments
The public comment period for a proposed rail line between Phoenix and Tucson ended last week. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Laura Douglas of the Arizona Department of Transportation about what people had to say, and what comes next.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prosecutors move to execute death row inmate
Prosecutors are seeking a warrant to execute an inmate convicted of murdering an elderly man more than 30 years ago. 70-year-old Edward Schad has been on death row since 1985. He was found guilty of murdering 74-year-old Bisbee resident Leroy Graves, whose body was found strangled near Prescott in August 1978.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix police buy new TASERs, will pay over five years
Buy it now, spread out your payments over a few years -- that sounds like an offer that comes along with a mattress or a car. But what about a weapon that’ll zap you full of electricity? KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on a plan to help law enforcement replace old equipment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale City Council delays voting on budget cuts
At its final meeting, the current Glendale City Council did not vote on a major budget cut. Members voted to table a proposal to trim $6 million – which would mean about 64 full time jobs. The current council decided it was best to wait until Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers and three council members are sworn in next week, and until Glendale has a permanent city manager.
Sept. 20, 2013

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