KJZZ News

Lester Pearce faces ethics charges
The state’s judicial conduct commission has filed ethics charges against former Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce. The accusations stem from alleged politicking during the recall effort of his brother – former state senator Russell Pearce.
Sept. 20, 2013
Size of Latino voting block increases
A new report shows the U.S. Latino voting block increased in the last four years. The growth is in the millions. Since 2008, the number of Latino registered voters increased by four million. The Pew Hispanic Center analyzed the most recent U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix construction jobs bouncing back
According to an analysis released Thursday, Phoenix ranks third in the country in number of construction jobs added over the last year. The Associated General Contractors of America analyzes job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican Congressional candidate Vernon Parker
Arizona's new Ninth Congressional District is the most competitive in the state and is considered a toss-up by national political analysts. Republican nominee Vernon Parker spoke about his plans to improve the economy and modify the Affordable Care Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Downtown hotels could come down
A deadline is looming over the pending demolition of two hotels in downtown Phoenix. One of two downtown Phoenix hotels scheduled to be demolished to make way for a parking lot. (Photo by Jon Hoban - KJZZ) The company that owns the Phoenix Suns also owns the abandoned St.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Senate candidates Richard Carmona and Jeff Flake
Congressman Jeff Flake and Dr. Richard Carmona joined Steve Goldstein separately to talk about their views on economic progress, the Affordable Care Act, and immigration reform. Carmona, the former U.S.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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