KJZZ News

Giffords aide, wounded in shooting, to run for her Congressional seat
The man who worked as deputy director for Gabrielle Giffords announced Thursday he will run for her open seat. But as KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reports, it’s still up in the air whether he will also run for the newly created Congressional District 2.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
GOP budget clears first legislative hurdle
Legislative committees in the Arizona House and Senate today approved a budget plan crafted by GOP leaders. But the plan appears to be at odds with the proposal put forward last month by Governor Jan Brewer.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ bill aims to open more school playgrounds, fields
Arizona lawmakers are looking to make a deal with schools. They’re offering immunity from liability for the recreational use of school grounds, and are hoping that in exchange, schools will open up their playgrounds and fields during non-school hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mitt Romney wins the Arizona presidential preference election
Jaime Molera, partner in the Molera Alvarez group, and Fred DuVal, former chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, react to Mitt Romney winning the Arizona presidential preference election Tuesday. Molera says that Romney’s victory isn’t too shocking due to his resources and the endorsement of Governor Jan Brewer.
Sept. 20, 2013
New traffic ramps on SR 143 to open
DENNIS LAMBERT: Access to Sky Harbor Airport just got easier with the opening this morning of new ramps carrying traffic directly out of Sky Harbor airport on the southbound 143. KJZZ’s Terry Ward joins me in studio.
Sept. 20, 2013
House Ethics Committee to hear complaint against Patterson
The Arizona House of Representative’s Ethics Committee will meet this coming week to hear an ethics complaint filed against a Tucson Democrat. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: Late last month, Democratic members of the House called on their colleague Daniel Patterson to resign.
Sept. 20, 2013
School administor enters recall election of Senator Pearce
A challenger in the recall election of senator Russell Pearce promises to run a clean campaign. Jerry Lewis formally announced his candidacy to a crowd of family and friends in Mesa this morning. But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports, he faces a difficult task in unseating the Senate President.
Sept. 20, 2013
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
"Solar Summit" looks at energy development
ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is holding a ‘Solar Summit’ today and tomorrow. The event will look at solar energy development in the southwest. Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert speaks with solar industry analyst MJ Shau, a senior analyst with Green Tech Media, to discuss the topic.
Sept. 20, 2013
Montgomery: Rules regarding gifts for elected officials are too vague
Last December’s investigation into the Fiesta Bowl’s gifts to elected officials led Maricopa Attorney Bill Montgomery to determine laws were too vague to prosecute any of the involved parties. Montgomery says due to a lack of education among elected officials about accepting gifts and confusion on how gifts are defined kept him from prosecuting anyone.
Sept. 20, 2013
Driving less can reduce ozone pollution
It’s that time of year when increased temperatures create the potential for a type of air pollution you can’t see or smell.  Ozone but can be deadly to asthmatics, children and seniors with respiratory problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal insurance plan sees large number of Arizona enrollees
An increasing number of Arizonans have enrolled in a federal health care plan even as the U-S Supreme Court determines its fate.  Since January, almost 500 people have been accepted into the state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a 25-percent jump.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Supreme Court: Partisan city elections in Tucson OK
Tucson will be allowed to continue holding partisan city elections, after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Tucson sued the state, after the legislature in 2009 approved a law that banned cities from holding partisan elections.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jon Kyl retiring at the end of the year
Jon Kyl is retiring, opening up a Senate seat in Arizona for the first time since 1994. Kyl talks about his final goals and answers listener questions. KJZZ's Here and Now host Steve Goldstein and Senator Jon Kyl prepare for the show.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former deputy county attorney appealing disbarment
Former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney Lisa Aubuchon is appealing her disbarment. Aubuchon and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were stripped of their legal licenses last week. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ Senate approves booster seat bill
A bill that would require booster seats for some Arizona car passengers is advancing in the state legislature.MARK BRODIE: The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require kids younger than eight, and shorter than 4-9 to sit in booster seats while riding in cars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cost of Powerball tickets doubling
One of the state’s most popular lottery games is going to cost more starting Jan. 15 .  Lottery officials say winning tickets will pay more too. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: A ticket for the Powerball lottery will now cost $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
New year means new minimum wage in Arizona
Many Arizona workers are getting a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage goes up today to $7.65. KJZZ’s Al Macias explains. Arizona voters approved a state minimum wage in 2006 that is not tied to the federal rate of $7.
Sept. 20, 2013

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