Anti-public employee union bills as much about politics as policy
Public employee unions say they’re under attack by legislative proposals mostly written by a conservative think tank. The Goldwater Institute claims Arizona taxpayers could save half-a billion dollars by targeting collective bargaining, union dues, and government funded salaries of union leaders.
Feb. 19, 2012
Regents approve contract for new U of A president
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a contract for the next president of the University of Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart will take over on July 1.
Feb. 17, 2012
What Arizona issues do you want Republican presidential candidates to address?
Arizona will host a Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, Feb. 22. We've heard a lot from each of the candidates this election season. But we want to know which Arizona-specific issues you'd like them to address.
Feb. 17, 2012
Governor unveils public employee pension reform
A House committee will hear a proposal by Governor Brewer’s office to overhaul how state workers are hired and fired.  As KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, the bill would also do away with overtime for most state employees.
Feb. 16, 2012
Senate approves renewal process for public employee union dues
The state senate passed a bill that forces members of public employee union to annually request union dues be deducted from their paychecks. Supporters argue government shouldn’t be in the business of collecting union dues.
Feb. 16, 2012
Medical marijuana dispensary requirement under fire
The State of Arizona and the Department of Health Services are headed back to court over the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. A pro-medical marijuana group is contesting several requirements, including the rule that marijuana dispensaries must have a medical director.
Feb. 16, 2012
State Rep. Richard Miranda to resign
A West Valley state lawmaker is resigning from office. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Democratic State Representative Richard Miranda says he will step down from the house, effective Monday.
Feb. 16, 2012
KJZZ coverage of the Tucson shooting 2011
On Jan. 8, 2011, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during a public event in Tucson. The KJZZ News Department mobilized to provide more than 3.5 hours of live, continuous coverage that day.
Feb. 16, 2012
KJZZ coverage of the Wallow Fire 2011
The Wallow Fire burned in Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico from May 29-July 8, 2011. It charred over 800 square miles, surpassing 2002's Rodeo-Chediski fire as the largest wildfire in Arizona's history.
Feb. 16, 2012
Health care discussion tonight
A coalition of social service, community and health groups will host a meeting tonight, to talk about recent changes in health care in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The Marana Health Center will play host to the first Community Conversation on Health Care tonight.
Feb. 15, 2012
The rich history of the Arizona Cactus League
Susie Steckner, author of Cactus League: Spring Training, talks about the history of the Cactus League and what spring training means to Arizona. Steckner says spring training has evolved a lot during the past 55 years, but one constant is that it’s always been about the fans.
Feb. 15, 2012
Legislators ask voters to reconsider measures they?re already voted on
Three experts talk about Governor Jan Brewer and legislators who want to ask voters to eliminate measures they’re already approved, including the Independent Redistricting Commission and Clean Elections.
Feb. 15, 2012
Controversial Court Tower is unveiled for Arizona?s Centennial
Ray Stern of the Phoenix New Times talks about the Maricopa County Court Tower, which served as the centerpiece for political battles the county supervisors and former county attorney Andrew Thomas.Stern says that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas were allies in the efforts against building the tower.
Feb. 15, 2012
Andrei Cherny will run for District 9
Former state party chair Andrei Cherny explains why he’s chosen to run for the newly formed Congressional District 9.Cherny says he’s best prepared to represent District 9 because he’s fought the battles important to the community it encompasses.
Feb. 15, 2012
County court tower finally a reality
The Maricopa County Court building that was the focus of investigations, lawsuits and legal battles was formally dedicated this afternoon. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former county attorney Andrew Thomas accused county supervisors and judges of misspending county money.
Feb. 14, 2012
Should agriculture companies be allowed to hire illegal immigrants -- legally?
A coalition of agri-business groups in Kansas has proposed a program that would give state sanction to large dairies and feedlots in hiring illegal immigrants. Separately, the Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow agri-business companies to hire undocumented workers.
Feb. 14, 2012
Centennial Minute: Statehood
This month, Arizona turns 100. KJZZ  is marking the centennial each week in February with stories of our state’s history, people and places. We're calling it the Centennial Minute. This morning, authors and Arizona residents Fred DuVal and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger tell us about that unique Valentine’s Day – 100 years ago.
Feb. 14, 2012
One hundred years ago, Arizona statehood wasn
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the union. Manifest Destiny was already assured since California had joined the union more than 60 years earlier. So, as far as Washington was concerned, adding Arizona was not a pressing issue.
Feb. 14, 2012
Romney uses Mesa appearance to blast Obama
Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Arizona on Monday as the state prepares to vote in a Republican presidential primary at the end of the month. Romney took the opportunity to blast President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal.
Feb. 13, 2012