KJZZ News

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox in town
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox will be in Peoria today. He is speaking tonight on economic partnerships between Mexico and Arizona. According to a University of Arizona study, Mexican visitors pump nearly $3 billion into our state’s economy while Arizona businesses export more than $5.
Sep. 13, 2012
Deferred action work permits could help immigrants get in-state community college tuition
Undocumented immigrants accepted into the Obama administration’s deferred deportation program may be eligible for in-state tuition at the Maricopa Community Colleges.  Under a 2007 voter-approved law, undocumented immigrants have had to pay out-of-state tuition rates in Arizona.
Sep. 13, 2012
Western US incomes drop 4 percent
US Census Bureau statistics released Wednesday show the median income of people living in the Western United States has fallen. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it is part of a wider release of information on the nation’s poverty rate.
Sep. 12, 2012
Fishy political campaign signs spring up
It's been impossible to avoid campaign signs in the Valley. Most are by the numbers with the candidate's name and keywords, but a few signs in Phoenix and Scottsdale are standing out. They feature a female Japanese cartoon character and phrases like "Mitt bit my sushi" and "Obama cares about our sushi.
Sep. 12, 2012
Can Phoenix change its
Light rail has expanded transportation options for Valley residents, and it’s also seen as a economic boon for some cities and neighborhoods. But when people think about how we get around this area, you still hear the phrase ‘car culture.
Sep. 12, 2012
The intersection of science, politics and social outcomes
Water fluoridation is only one example—childhood vaccination is another—of an issue that remains controversial for some, even as a great majority of scientific studies indicate there’s little, if anything, to worry about from their implementation.
Sep. 12, 2012
Fluoride in the Phoenix water supply
Putting fluoride in the public water supply began in earnest in the U.S. in the mid-20th century. The process was intended to reduce tooth decay and help lower-income people who found it more difficult to afford regular visits to the dentist.
Sep. 12, 2012
More than 900 jobs to fill at Tanger Outlet Westgate
As soon as the doors opened Wednesday at noon, hundreds of people walked into Jobing.com Arena looking for work. Tanger Outlet Center is opening a mall later this year. There are more than 900 jobs to fill.
Sep. 12, 2012
Voters to decide on business tax in November
Arizona voters will decide in November whether to reduce property taxes, but not for themselves. You'll be voting on whether to raise the exemption for businesses, who pay taxes on every piece of equipment they own.
Sep. 12, 2012
Court rules in favor of tribe; casino may go in near Glendale
A Native American tribe has won a key legal battle in its bid to locate a casino near Glendale. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, rejected arguments that the Department of Interior was wrong when it allowed the Tohono O'odham Tribe to make a 54-acre parcel near Glendale part of its reservation.
Sep. 12, 2012
Arizona Supreme Court rules on state trust land water rights
The state’s highest court has ruled in a case affecting water rights to the Little Colorado and Gila rivers.   The state of Arizona has long argued that Congress reserved water rights for state trust lands.
Sep. 12, 2012
What
If you're working your way through the VA system now, or if you have a family member who is, please take a few minutes to share your experiences.
Sep. 12, 2012
U.S. Attorney: Wisneski likely won
Former Fiesta Bowl chief operating officer Natalie Wisneski likely won't receive jail time for her involvement in an illegal campaign-contribution scheme, the U-S Attorney's Office announced Monday. Wisneski faced up to one year in jail for her felony conspiracy charge, but may instead receive probation because she is cooperating with authorities.
Sep. 12, 2012
Las Vegas flooding leaves residents, cars stranded
Las Vegas is drying out this morning after a huge storm yesterday left residents submerged in water and scrambling for cover. KJZZ’s Mark Moran is in Las Vegas to tell us how residents are faring. I understand you had some personal experience with yesterday’s rains.
Sep. 12, 2012
Phoenix will continue water fluoridation
Following a couple of hours of testimony, a city council subcommittee decided not to recommend changes to Phoenix's water fluoridation policy.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: The city was considering the issue for the first time since the council voted for fluoridation in 1989 as a method of helping lower rates of tooth decay in the general population.
Sep. 11, 2012
Attorneys for leaders in FLDS case want trial moved
Attorneys for the town of Hilldale, Utah want their civil rights trial moved from Phoenix to Utah. The Department of Justice accuses town leaders in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona of intimidating former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sep. 11, 2012
Investigation shows Phoenix VA disability claims take almost a year
The Veterans Affairs office in Phoenix has one of the nation's longest average wait times for processing veterans' disability benefits. Jeff Severns Guntzel of the Public Insight Network reports.JEFF SEVERNS GUNTZEL: VA data examined by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows the average wait for disability claims processing in Phoenix is 360 days.
Sep. 11, 2012
Community college enrollment down
Enrollment is down at the state’s two largest community college systems. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there’s a good reason for that drop.MACIAS: The Pima County Community College System in Tucson reports an enrollment drop of 11 percent compared to the same time last year.
Sep. 11, 2012
ASU police use GPS to crack down on bike theft
As students return to school at Arizona State University, campus police are dealing with bike thieves. Authorities are cracking down on the problem by using satellite technology. Bicycle racks at Arizona State University.
Sep. 11, 2012
Tomorrow
KJZZ is featuring two new documentaries as part of a series called Tomorrow's College. The programs explore how higher education is changing and why it should matter to you. You can hear the shows on 91.
Sep. 11, 2012

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