KJZZ News

Arizona Names First Poet-In-Chief
Arizona has selected its first-ever poet laureate. The title goes to English professor and Nogales native Alberto Rios. Alberto Rios has taught at Arizona State University for three decades and was just selected as Arizona's first-ever poet laureate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Officials Sue Over Proof Of Citizenship Requirement
Arizona’s Attorney General and Secretary of State have filed suit against the Elections Assistance Commission to allow the state to require residents to prove they are United States citizens when they register to vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court Rules Arizona Cant Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid
A federal appeals court has ruled the state cannot cut Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program just because it also provides abortions. State and federal law already ban public funding for elective abortions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Electricity Users Discuss Prospect Of Deregulation
Deregulating Arizona’s electric market may change how much you pay for electricity. Later this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission will hold hearings on this issue. The Residential Utility Consumer Office heard from business and residential users this morning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer Appoints New Adjutant General Of Arizona National Guard
Gov. Jan Brewer has selected a new leader of the Arizona National Guard.  He will replace a general who ran the agency for five years. Brewer appointed Col. Michael McGuire as the next adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Three Market Workers Arrested For Cheating Food Stamp Program
Three people have been arrested for defrauding the food stamp system out of nearly $600,000.  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the suspects all worked in the same convenience store in Phoenix and would allow a person to buy inexpensive items with food stamps, and then deduct a higher amount from their food stamp cards.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Storms To Come This Week
We have already seen some early morning thunderstorms across the metro area, and we could be in for more stormy weather over the next few days.Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman of the National Weather Service in Phoenix said there is still moisture left from last week's influx of warm, tropical air that could trigger storms just about anywhere.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Continuing Impact Of Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture got its formal start in 1932 when Wright had 23 apprentices living at Taliesin in Wisconsin. The school now operates in Spring Green, Wis. and about 20 miles away from us in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Town Hall Attendees Overwhelmingly Against Syria Attacks
A town hall on Thursday with Arizona Sen. John McCain became contentious, as many in attendance made it clear where they stand on a military strike against Syria.“You don’t respect our view,” one attendee said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale City Council Considering Changing Public Safety Ordinance After Club Stabbings
The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
Sept. 20, 2013
Another Effort Launched To Make Recreational Marijuana Legal In Arizona
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
Goldwater Institute Files Suit Against Medicaid Expansion
Arizona’s Medicaid expansion plan officially went into effect Thursday, but a lawsuit filed this morning hopes to block it. A day after expansion opponents failed to turn in enough signatures to put the law on hold until next November’s election, the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit, arguing the plan is unconstitutional.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House Committee To Decide Next Week On Benefits For Seasonal Firefighters
An Arizona House committee next week will take the first steps toward possible action on changes to the way seasonal firefighters get benefits. It has been a contentious issue since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Borrows $200 Million To Privately Pay Off Federal Debt
Arizona is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but during the recession it went broke.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign Financings Big Effect On Arizona Elections
Money is a big part of political campaigns. It is nearly impossible to win a council or legislative seat without cash, and it is completely impossible to win a statewide or congressional race. Clean Elections was supposed to level the playing field to some extent by providing public financing for candidates and offering matching funds for people who were running against opponents with a higher level of private money, but Clean Elections has been defanged by the US Supreme Court, and a Maricopa County superior court judge declined to issue a temporary injunction blocking higher private contribution limits from going into effect.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ StoryCorps: Finding Purpose & Love
( Phoenix, AZ ) In this AZ-Edition of StoryCorps, Cassie Campa has a candid discussion with her friend and mentor Heather Walsh about escaping abusive relationships and self-loathing to discover purpose and love.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wallow Fire Affects one of the White Mountains Main Industries
The state’s biggest wildfire is more than 90 percent contained.  And, while cleanup continues in the forest…business and tourism officials in parts of the White Mountains are trying to salvage their high season.
Sept. 20, 2013
Post Wallow Fire: Wildlife Looking for Food and Shelter
Residents in Eastern Arizona can expect more contact with wildlife following the worst wildfire in Arizona history. The Wallow Fire burned more than 538-thousand acres, including prime habitat for several species of animals.
Sept. 20, 2013
Unloading the House, Untying the Knot
Splitting up is never easy, but now divorce is a nightmare. Roughly three million marriages have ended since the nation’s housing crisis began. And lawyers have little choice but to write provisions into divorce decrees that can tie estranged couples together for years after the marriage is over.
Sept. 20, 2013
Elvis Opens at the MIM
An exhibit highlighting Elvis Presley opens Saturday morning at the Musical Instrument Museum in Northeast Phoenix.  As KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports, the display pays tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.
Sept. 20, 2013

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