KJZZ News

Maricopa County Project Encourages Restaurants To Open In Unusual Commercial Spaces
Maricopa County launched a new project that will change the cookie-cutter look of restaurants. It is aimed at getting new restaurants into unusual and old commercial spaces. Maricopa County will grant six month trial permits to new restaurants opening in buildings not designed for eateries.
Oct. 3, 2013
Health Insurance Exchange Opens Oct. 1
Much to the chagrin of some congressional Republicans who have tried tying the continued funding of the federal government to the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, the ACA’s implementation continues moving forward.
Oct. 3, 2013
Federal Shutdown May Force Furloughs, Cuts At State Agencies
The continued federal government shutdown is starting to affect some of Arizona's state agencies. According to the current state budget, the Arizona Department of Transportation is set to get about $178 million from the U.
Oct. 3, 2013
The Valley Sees A Rising Number Of Electronic Cigarette Stores
An online search for electronic cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area. Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ) Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
Oct. 3, 2013
Reveal: VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
Oct. 3, 2013
Phoenix International Raceway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Next Year
Phoenix International Raceway has been part of the Valley sports scene since January 1964. Next year, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Track President Bryan Sperber promises it will be a year to remember.
Oct. 3, 2013
City of Phoenix Receives Few Public Comments At Meetings On Food Tax
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona Board Of Regents Asks For Budget Increase For State Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
Oct. 3, 2013
Shutdown Would Boot Visitors From Grand Canyon
The federal government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means national parks could be closing too. Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Brewer: Both Sides To Blame For Shutdown
As the shutdown of the federal government enters its second day, Gov. Jan Brewer says she and her staff are keeping the pressure on Washington to break the logjam. The governor says both sides are to blame and that there are several places where the shutdown is impacting Arizona.
Oct. 3, 2013
Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Did You Know: Papago Park Was A Prisoner Of War Camp
The camp opened nearly 70 years ago and was located just north of where KJZZ Tempe studios are located today. The prisoner of war camp was one of 500 across the country. A newspaper article with pictures of the escaped POW fugitives courtesy of the Arizona Historical Society.
Sept. 26, 2013
Local Leaders Mixed On Bill To Defund Affordable Care Act
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have expressed their disapproval of the Affordable Health Act by passing a short-term spending plan that would defund it. Leaders of the U.S. Senate have said the measure is dead on arrival there.
Sept. 26, 2013
The Impact Of Bank Layoffs In The Valley
Wells Fargo has let more than 500 employees go. Since August, JPMorgan Chase has dropped more than 750 jobs, most of those in Phoenix and Tempe.  Kristena Hansen of The Phoenix Business Journal has been reporting on the layoffs.
Sept. 26, 2013
Tempe City Council Approves Funding for Manufacturing for Tempe Town Lake Dam
The largest steel dam in the country is going to be built at Tempe Town Lake. That is the word from the city of Tempe. The city council voted to approve funding for the manufacturing of the steel dam Thursday night.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Legislature Wants To Halt Maps Drawn By Independent Redistricting Commission
The state Legislature wants to take back control of drawing Arizona’s congressional district maps. In 2000, voters passed Prop 106, which took redistricting away from the Legislature and gave it to the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 26, 2013

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