KJZZ News

Fred DuVal throws hat in the governors race
The election for Arizona’s next governor is a year and a half away. But the campaign has already started. Fred DuVal announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) Longtime political activist Fred DuVal formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
Sept. 20, 2013
AFL-CIO warns airline merger could cause union fallout
A major labor leader is worried a merger between US Airways and American Airlines could cause a battle between two unions that represent ground workers. US Airways and American’s ground workers are represented by two different unions.
Sept. 20, 2013
As lawmakers talk budgets, child advocates call for better funding
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that has failed to keep pace with growing need.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist: Proposition 100 was unavoidable, helpful
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health and public safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Waste-to-energy plant top open in Glendale
A power plant that converts garbage into renewable energy will soon be operating in Glendale. The project will cost $110 million. City of Glendale officials say the waste-to-energy plant will be built on the Glendale Municipal Landfill near the Glendale airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU reveals second new Sparky design this year
After a revamp of its iconic mascot prompted mass derision, Arizona State University has unveiled another new design for Sparky the Sun Devil. But this time, the university community had a say. The rejected Sparky mascot design (left) and the mascot chosen by fans in an online vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Small business owner reflects on Proposition 100s impact
Some of the loudest critics of Proposition 100, the voter-approved temporary one cent sales tax increase, were small business owners. Lance Muzslay, co-owner of Sole Sports Running Zone. (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) They worried about, among other things, how the higher tax would affect their sales.
Sept. 20, 2013
A chance to buy Air Force Two
Presidential and aviation buffs can bid on a piece of history today. An airplane that once carried vice presidents is going up for auction this morning, and it has had many famous fliers. Its primary mission was to carry the vice president, but presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes also flew aboard the DC-9.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona to participate in safety belt enforcement campaign
Law enforcement agencies around the state will be enforcing seatbelt usage next week. They want to make sure drivers are wearing their seatbelts and that parents are using child safety seats. The weeklong effort is part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign.
Sept. 20, 2013
Three years of Prop 100: How the penny tax affected Arizona
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly decided to temporarily raise the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar. Now, as Proposition 100 is set to expire at the end of May, KJZZ is looking at the impact the tax has had on the state — from public policy to business to education.
Sept. 20, 2013
Solar Impulse Airplane set to depart Arizona for remainder of its cross country trip
This week, the world’s first solar powered airplane is scheduled to leave Arizona in the second leg of its cross country tour, but don’t expect the Solar Impulse to make the trip in record time.  Bertrand Piccard is the initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two Arizona cities make the list of fastest growing cities
New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau released Wednesday show that cities in the Southwest are the fastest growing in the country. Most of those fast growing cities are in Texas, but two Arizona cities made the list.
Sept. 20, 2013
SMoCA exhibit finds the art in the grocery aisle
Laundry detergent, Hershey’s bars, and produce stickers may not be what you’d expect to see in a fine art gallery. But as KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art uses the grocery store to inspire art, and conversation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire burns 15 acres of Tonto National Forest
Firefighters are attempting to get the upper hand on a wildfire north of Young, Ariz., on the Tonto National Forest. The blaze charred over 15 acres after being spotted Monday afternoon and is burning in mixed conifer on steep terrain, according to spokeswoman Tammy Pike.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix City Council endorses immigration reform
In a symbolic move, a majority of the Phoenix City Council has endorsed federal immigration reform.The City Council cast the symbolic vote in support of the legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County plans as recall deadline looms
The deadline to turn in the signatures needed to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still a few hours away. But the Board of Elections already has a plan in place in case the recall goes ahead, and it would require hundreds of man hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latino voter turnout drops
Latino voter turnout is still lagging behind other ethnic groups, according to a new study from the PEW Research Center. Despite rapid growth of eligible voters since the last election, only 48 percent of Latinos went to the polls in 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wickenburg historic theater in danger of closing
Early next year, production companies will stop making movies available on film. That means theaters have to purchase new equipment to show digital movies, and that is not cheap. The Saguaro Theater is know for its neon cactus on top of the building that lights up at night.
Sept. 20, 2013

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