KJZZ News

Bill would exempt more employees from unemployment benefits
The state Senate has given its preliminary approval to a bill that would allow religious organizations to avoid paying unemployment taxes for educational and day care workers. Current state law exempts certain work from eligibility for unemployment insurance.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stina Sieg
When Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg was 22, she moved to the desert. The Bay Area native hasn’t been the same since. She had just graduated from Humboldt State University when she got a hankering for wide-open spaces.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Witness Boston Marathon Explosions
Authorities now say more than 100 people are injured and two dead after bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line. The cause of the explosions has not been determined.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewers advisor explains advantages of Medicaid expansion
Chuck Coughlin, advisor to Governor Jan Brewer, discussed why Medicaid expansion in Arizona makes sense economically and morally.Coughlin also talked about Brewer's governing style and why the world of politics often gets dirty.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale spice lab busted
Police in Glendale have raided what they say was a large 'spice lab,' where they discovered a massive amount of the illegal designer drug.  Police Sergeant Brent Coombs says the lab's manager is behind bars, for his involvement in developing 'spice' and 'bath salts,'"Abraham Sayegn is having charges submitted on him for both the manufacturing process and the possession to sell," Coombs said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Operation Justice targets those with outstanding felony warrants
Law enforcement agencies from across Arizona have been involved in an effort to bring in fugitives with outstanding felony warrants, over the last week. The effort was coordinated by the US Marshals Service, according to spokesman Fred Freeman.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Community Colleges to limit hours of some temporary workers and adjunct instructors
About 1,300 temporary workers and part-time instructors with the Maricopa County Community College District have learned their hours will be strictly limited starting in July. Officials said the cuts will help the district comply with the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
A legislative session progress report with State Senators Steve Farley and Rich Crandall
State Senators Rich Crandall and Steve Farley discuss why state lawmakers seem far from ending their current legislative session, even as it has reached its 100th day.Senators Crandall and Farley talk about the conflict over Medicaid expansion among lawmakers, Governor Jan Brewer's unique leadership position on the issue and whether it gains legislative approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix: $100K for white rooftops
The City of Phoenix has received a $100,000 grant to paint municipal rooftops white. The reflective paint helps reduce energy costs and might put a microscopic dent in the city’s urban heat island. The city will use grant money to paint 70,000 square feet of municipal rooftops white.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voucher deadline approaching for students in low-rated schools
The parents of students in poorly performing public schools are facing a deadline this week to get state help to put their kids in new schools. Lawmakers approved what are called 'empowerment scholarship accounts,' two years ago for students in schools with a D or F rating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas StreetLight USA rehabilitates victims of child sex trafficking
One of Arizona's fastest growing industries is not something economists and tourism officials like to talk about, even though it generates millions of dollars each year.  The girls live in cottages that are especially decorated with light cheerful decor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexicans named the largest Hispanic-origin population in U.S.
Nine percent of the people born in Mexico live in the United States. This is one of the findings in a report released Wednesday from the Pew Hispanic Center. 65 percent of those of Mexican-origin living in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gas prices continue to fall across Arizona
The price of gas continues to drop in Arizona. AAA Arizona says the statewide average this morning is $3.44 a gallon, down a nickel in the last week.  Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski says prices remain low for several reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribal gaming revenues down for first time in 10 quarters
A new report shows some slight weakening in tribal gaming revenues. The latest figures show state revenue sharing in the first three months of this year was just under $24.1 million. That's the first year-over-year decline in the numbers in 10 consecutive quarters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Quartzsite: After the crowds
Every winter, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds with RVs descend on the tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Ariz. For a few months, this dusty little place on I-10 morphs into what National Geographic calls “The World’s Largest Parking Lot," but in the summer it almost becomes a ghost town.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: David and Suzanne Harbster
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013

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