KJZZ News

Judge dismisses Clean Elections lawsuit
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit, that claimed the Citizens Clean Elections Commission was illegally using public money to influence an election. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Mar. 22, 2012
Flu cases rising fast in Arizona
Arizona is nearing the end of flu season, but the past few weeks have brought a spike in reported cases.There have been over 1,100 cases of influenza reported in Arizona in the current flu season, and nearly a third of those were reported last week.
Mar. 22, 2012
Obama nominates Pima County judge for U.S. Attorney
President Barack Obama has nominated a Pima County judge to be Arizona’s next U.S. Attorney. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more. STEVE GOLSTEIN: The nominee is Pima County Superior Court Judge John Leonardo, who began in that position in 1993.
Mar. 22, 2012
Bus strike prompts additional union-related legislation
A recent strike by Phoenix and Tempe bus drivers against their employer, Veolia Transportation, may come back to haunt them.  A six-day strike by more than 900 drivers caused major service disruptions for thousands of people who rely on public transit to get to work, school, or appointments.
Mar. 22, 2012
Fourth Republican enters District 9 congressional race
There’s another candidate in the new congressional District 9 race. Former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker is the fourth Republican candidate to enter the campaign. Three Democratic candidates are also running.
Mar. 22, 2012
State legislator: Women should be made to watch an abortion before having one
An Arizona legislator who opposes abortion says a woman should be made to watch an abortion being performed before having one. Republican Rep. Terri Proud of Tucson made the comment in a March 5 email to constituent Adena Lees.
Mar. 22, 2012
Saguaro National Park bans sale of drinks in plastic bottles
Saguaro National Park in Tucson has banned the sale of disposable bottled soda or water from vending machines. Instead, the park now has stations where visitors can refill their own reusable water bottles.
Mar. 21, 2012
AZ Senate approves IRC cash
The state Senate has followed the House’s lead, and approved $700,000 for the Independent Redistricting Commission. The panel says it needs the money to pay its bills. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Mar. 21, 2012
Phoenix ranks seventh in new jobs, but employment growth still slow
The number of jobs in the Phoenix area grew by almost 2 percent in 2010. The Valley ranked seventh nationally for large metro areas. But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, job growth is still far behind normal levels.
Mar. 21, 2012
Judicial nominees and Arizona?s judicial emergency
Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the compromise between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for judicial nominee voting.Tobias says that the current agreement excludes several excellent candidates, but new compromises can still be reached.
Mar. 21, 2012
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.
Mar. 21, 2012
National Geographic filmmaker speaks at Mesa Arts Center
Documentary filmmaker Michael Davie speaks about dispelling the stereotypes surrounding Africa as part of the National Geographic speaker series at the Mesa Arts Center. Davie started his career as a documentary producer and director when he quit his broadcast job in Australia and planned a hitchhiking trip from Cape Town to Cairo with his digital camcorder.
Mar. 21, 2012
Case load not improving for Arizona
Arizona’s federal court system is overloaded. So much so that its chief judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a judicial emergency last year. That allowed for visiting judges to hear cases.
Mar. 21, 2012
Have you seen SB 1070 drive people out of Arizona?
When state lawmakers passed the tough bill known as SB 1070, they were clear that part of the aim was to make Arizona inhospitable for people in the U.S. illegally.The 2012 presidential election has brought the issue of "self-deportation" to the forefront.
Mar. 21, 2012
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Russell Pearce supporters say that one reason he lost his seat in the state Senate last fall was because the recall election was open to Democratic voters. Pearce announced Monday he’s running again for state Senate -- and this time, he’ll face a Republican challenger in a primary where only Republicans and Independents can vote.
Mar. 20, 2012
Robrt Pela: Review of Gypsy
Theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Phoenix Theatre’s production of Gypsy: When one writes of her here, she is “Broadway’s Kathy Fitzgerald.” In New York, for which she left us more than a decade ago, she is one among few: a character actress who’s always in demand; who’s appeared in Broadway shows like Wicked, 9 to 5, and in the original company of a little thing called The Producers (she was in the film version, too).
Mar. 20, 2012
How the $25 billion settlement with lenders helps Arizona homeowners
Arizonans who lost their homes to foreclosure, are at risk of foreclosure, or are now underwater on their loans stand to benefit most from a recent $25 billion dollar settlement with the nation’s largest lenders.
Mar. 20, 2012
Most medical marijuana applicants want to grow their own
More than 22,000 Arizonans have applied for and received permission from the Department of Health Services to use medical marijuana.  And the vast majority, some 85 percent, are requesting to grow their own.
Mar. 20, 2012
Record number of users overload Arizona
Many people who tried to use Arizona’s 511 system this past weekend couldn’t get the latest road conditions because the phone number and website were at full capacity.  As KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports from Phoenix, the system experienced record numbers of users.
Mar. 20, 2012
Redistricting commission poised to get $700,000
The Arizona House of Representatives is poised to give the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission less than what it had originally asked for…but more than what the Senate had proposed. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Mar. 19, 2012

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