KJZZ News

Arizona Mayors: Keep local decisions local
Mayors of cities and towns from Arizona are calling on state lawmakers to not interfere with local decisions. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. Mayors, from left: Jonathan Rothschild (Tucson), Doug Von Gausig (Clarkdale), Greg Stanton (Phoenix), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Elaine Scruggs (Glendale).
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ coverage of the Arizona budget 2011
Arizona faced a historic budget deficit in 2011. To close it, state lawmakers approved a budget that included more than $1 billion in spending cuts. KJZZ's Mark Brodie looked at how some of those cuts would affect state programs, and the people who rely on them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pearce recall election evokes strong reaction from constituents
Voters in northwest Mesa will be asked to cast ballots in the state’s first legislative recall election this November. So far, the only name on the ballot is the target of the recall: Senate President Russell Pearce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Russell Pearce seeks office again
Last November Russell Pearce became the first Arizona Legislator to be recalled from office. This week Pearce announced he would run for state Senate again in the newly redrawn District 25. Tyler Montague, who took part in the Jerry Lewis campaign, and  political analyst Chris Herstam talk about Pearce’s choice to run for Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Checking in on community service in Homedale
Terri Perez and Martin Gonzales are residents of the Homedale neighborhood of southwest Phoenix (Photo by Paul Atkinson - KJZZ) Dumping and debris are an ongoing issue in the southwest Phoenix neighborhood of Homedale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reproductive rights the subject of two contested bills
Opponents of proposed reproductive health laws are planning a protest at the state capitol Wednesday. They call the bills some of the harshest and most dangerous in the country. KJZZ's Paul Atkinson reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Shadow runs honor Pat Tillman across the country
The annual Pat’s Run will be held in Tempe later this month. But runners across the country will also be honoring the late Pat Tillman.  The crowd of runners at 2011's Pat's Run Tempe. (Photo courtesy Pat Tillman Foundation) On April 21, thousands of runners will fill the streets of Tempe to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diamondbacks opening day April 6
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall previews the upcoming baseball season. Hall says that on opening day, the team want to send fans home with a good taste in their mouth, but it’s equally as important for the baseball team to finish the season strong.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale seeking reprieve from NHL for cost of Coyotes
The City of Glendale is asking the National Hockey League to give it a break. The city owes the league $25 million for the Phoenix Coyotes. The league bought the Coyotes at a bankruptcy auction in 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former top prosecutor loses law license; is Arpaio prosecution next?
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas abused his power and will lose his license to practice law. That’s the ruling a state bar disciplinary panel made yesterday. One former prosecutor will also lose her license, and another will be suspended for six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Focus on border security has cost U.S. tourism dollars
The United States is missing out on tremendous untapped potential among Mexican tourists. That’s one of the findings of a recent study conducted by the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Experts: Arizona is leader in anti-abortion legislation
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a bill into law that will generally ban abortions after 20 weeks. Her move came over objections that the bill amounts to the state practicing medicine. And, some experts say the bill shows that Arizona has become a national leader in the anti-abortion movement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latino Education series
Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the Southwest and the fastest-growing group nationwide. More than one-third of Latino students are English Language Learners and, according to Department of Education data, they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than whites and Asians.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns fielding a new team -- in cyberspace
A local pro sports team is taking the use of social media to another level. The Phoenix Suns begin their regular season tonight at US Airways Center with a team on the floor, and another in cyberspace.
Sept. 20, 2013
Listen to Tuesdays congressional hearing on immigration
The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security held a hearing Tuesday on state governments enforcing immigration law. Witnesses at the hearing included Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo; former U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill aimed at disbanding police force in polygamist town fails
The Arizona House of Representatives narrowly rejected a move aimed at disbanding the police department in a polygamist town. A bill before the House would have created a process to replace local police agencies with the county sheriff’s department if at least half of its officers lost their law enforcement certifications during an eight-year span.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix leads housing market recovery for March
For the second month in a row, Phoenix is leading the recovery in the housing market, with an 8.4 percent quarterly increase in home prices and a year-over-year increase in March of 12.5 percent, according to Clear Capital's Home Data Index.
Sept. 20, 2013
Women indicted on financial aid fraud charges
Federal authorities have accused four Arizona women of fraudulently collecting student financial aid money. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg has more. Three Glendale women and an inmate at the Perryville women’s prison were indicted on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, identity theft, and stealing public funds.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Department of Justice files suit against Arpaio
The Department of Justice will announce on Thursday that it's filing a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations of civil rights violations by his deputies. The Justice Department sent Arpaio a letter on Wednesday, notifying him of its intention to file suit.
Sept. 20, 2013
Winds pushing smoke from wildfires into Phoenix
Fire crews made some progress on Tuesday as they battled multiple wildfires across Arizona. The Sunflower Fire, burning 30 miles northeast of Phoenix had grown to almost 5,000 acres. Meanwhile the community of Crown King remained under an evacuation order.
Sept. 20, 2013

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