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Jude Joffe-Block on the latest with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office; Diamondbacks bring in Hall of Famer Tony La Russa; plus other Valley sports hires that made a splash; catching up with "Social Media Stole My Kidney"; how politicians choose the office they run for; and immigration reform proponents are now looking at undocumented immigrants who have served in the U.S. military.
Tempe History Museum looks at Legend City and Big Surf; ASU grad students take a shot at revitalizing corner of downtown Mesa; previewing the Phoenix Mercury's 2014 season; Douglas Holtz-Eakin on whether economic policy can be bipartisan; how current immigration policy is affecting migrants crossing the desert and the U.S. economy; the American Legion hosted a town hall in Phoenix to give veterans and their families the opportunity to express their concerns about the VA.
Michael Abramowitz of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is in the Valley with a presentation called “Do Words Kill?”; former Whole Foods and Sprouts executive Joe Dobrow about the increasing competition Whole Foods is facing; Craig Weiss, CEO of Scottsdale-based NJOY, one of the largest e-cigarette makers in the nation; Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic joined us to talk about the Fiesta Bowl; Arizona gets a lot of national attention for some of the interesting things happening at our state capitol. How much do we have in common with D.C.?; and in his book “This Town,” Mark Leibovich says Washington has become a revolving door for politicians who become lobbyists.
A new documentary about Alice Cooper; discussing "stage persona" with Tempe musician Roger Clyne; rubbernecking counts as distracted driving; the Phoenix City Council will likely face unhappy union members; a look ahead at the Arizona Legislature's special session; the latest Arizona Town Hall; and three health/weather groups team up to help residents beat the heat.
The 2014 legislative session is rapidly drawing to a close, and Gov. Jan Brewer is busy signing and vetoing bills; a bill that would exempt ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft from a commercial insurance requirement; The Economist magazine has declared that politics in Arizona is saner than it looks; Sheriff Joe Arpaio is featured in the documentary "The Joe Show"; Phoenix Art Museum Director Jim Ballinger has announced his retirement.
The political season is already getting underway; the Phoenix city budget will have spending cuts; U of A and ASU host space exploration research; work is underway to create a stand-alone child welfare agency; the Phoenix Suns just miss the playoffs; and a preview of the 13th annual Phoenix Improv Festival.
Mayor Scott Smith and candidate for governor gets targeted in an ad, the new music critic and editor at Phoenix New Times speaks with us, Valley fever can be difficult to diagnose, the second stage of a state biosciences roadmap is released, dealing with above normal temperatures this spring and summer and the state budget still needs to be approved by Gov. Brewer.
Dog bites and attacks increase in Arizona, the U.S. plays Mexico in soccer in Glendale, Charles Keating dies and leaves a legacy in Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, 102 photos commemorate Arizona's 102 years and the latest SRP board election attracts attention.
Police officer Jason Schechterle's amazing story "Burning Shield," "The Panza Monologues" goes beyond the physical, Echo Canyon Trailhead reopening brings more traffic and less parking, the state House still hasn't passed the next fiscal year's budget, a National Geographic filmmaker visits Mesa and Karsh's Jewish bakery closes after more than 40 years.
A new book on Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia, for-profit career training universities might be in trouble with Obama administration changes, officer-involved shootings with previously jailed criminals raises sentencing questions, independent voters' impact on this election year and Mayor Stanton's State of the City Address predictions.
Cesar Chavez film comes to Phoenix, two newcomers appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents, economist talks about baseball statistics and sabermetrics, preserving Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy, bad times may be over for the Fiesta Bowl and what still remains of the 2014 legislative session.
A group airs commercials urging federal action on immigration reform, Phoenix Theatre begins its season with a festival, Arizona We Want Institute introduces a new director, A speaker and visitor to the Valley will discuss the Common Core bill at a Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Forum, more money may be available in the future to help prevent wildfires and Ed Pastor's seat and who might be running, including Kyrsten Sinema. What she should consider before making a decision.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman shares his story in Tempe, the top 20 public screening of the Almost Famous Film Festival’s 48 Hour Short Film Challenge takes place in downtown Phoenix, SB 1062's effects on our economy and national image, the Phoenix Coyotes return for the season from the Olympics break and author Elizabeth Tandy Shermer and Grady Gammage discuss Sunbelt Capitalism.
The success of natural food stores, Gov. Jan Brewer asks for money for her Student Success Funding program, a report on how Valley cities and towns are doing, the Phoenix City Council will choose a new city manager and new research on how becoming friendly with co-workers can make you better at your job.
Desert Botanical Garden's 75th anniversary, Russell Pearce makes a return, envisioning Arizona's K-12 education future, mystery author and Arizona native J.A. Jance talks about her career and Tom Horne's campaign investigation continues.
Arizona Public Service deals with the new $5 increase for solar customers, archaeologist William Saturno speaks in Mesa, independent voters grow in the state and can make an impact, a study says Arizona state pension plans are on track and changing the legislative session length.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee prepares for next year by visiting New Jersey and New York this year, the trend of zero waste sporting events, getting residents excited about science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields, a law that would ban gifts for lawmakers and how Phoenix may have a budget deficit.
Several Valley chefs honored for excellence, funding state arts organizations, spotlight on a new SB 1070 documentary, comedian Richard Lewis visits the Valley and the Arizona water situation.
Bringing back the state film office, what a new Child Protective Services may look like, Gov. Brewer's legacy and plans for the future and dealing with the state's significant shortage of medical professionals.
Phoenix Symphony CEO Jim Ward discusses its comeback, Cave Creek City Council members could be recalled, landmark settlement reached in state mental health care case, selling luxury homes in the Valley and what that means for the real estate market and a new documentary highlights the year 1964.
Best of KJZZ's Here and Now, hour two. William DeBuys and Grady Gammage debated the impact of climate change on Arizona, Tena Alonzo of the Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus discussed the facility's unique, evolved approach, Amy Donohue talked about donating a kidney to a complete stranger and humorist Laurie Notaro talked about moving from Phoenix to Portland.
Best Of KJZZ's Here And Now 2013. Mark Kelly and Daniel Hernandez talked about their experiences with Gabrielle Giffords, investigative reporter Jana Bommersbach talked about her semi-career change to children's book author, Robrt Pela, Taz Loomans, Lindsay Kinkade and Sarah Sullivan on liking or leaving Phoenix and New Times' Amy Silverman on whether Phoenix is "cool."
A couple of stretches of canal banks will be closed for part of the winter, from 56th Street to 32nd Street and from 43rd to 51st Avenues, independent bookstores may be different and in better shape than their corporate cousins, the Arizona Board of Regents has announced a new policy to grant in-state tuition to students who are enrolled members of one of Arizona’s federally-recognized Native American tribes, the Arizona Supreme Court has decided to vacate an order by the Court of Appeals on campaign limits, James Sallis still keeps very busy teaching novel writing at Phoenix College and a new report says state legislatures end up taking more action to benefit rural rather than more urban areas.
A report by the National Center for Policy Analysis claims the decision to expand Medicaid will lead to a huge increase in the number of people in the program, costing the state millions of dollars. Mark Brnovich is challenging incumbent Tom Horne in the 2014 Republican primary for attorney general. Fred DuVal is the Democratic frontrunner for the 2014 gubernatorial race. Beginning Saturday night, the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix will host performances of "The Great Divorce," based on C.S. Lewis’s book.
Jennifer Richter on the future of nukes, Arizona's economic outlook, Amy Silverman on whether Phoenix is cool, state Sen. Katie Hobbs on what needs to change with Child Protective Services in Arizona and bringing dramatic twists to a holiday ballet.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Shayne Tomisato discussed the future of Arizona Child Protective Services, Scott Hirko, assistant professor of sport management at Central Michigan University, talked more about college coaching salaries, Rich Cohen talked about his new book, "Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football" and Phoenix historian Jack August and John Norton III. came to the KJZZ studio.
Steve Goldstein spoke with former astronaut Mark Kelly and husband of Gabrielle Giffords. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Ellen Gabler talked about her investigative report on newborn screening along with Mary Ellen Cunningham of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein discussed proposals to increase funding for the state's public universities. ASU Law Professor Zig Popko and state lawmaker Martin Quezada talked about efforts in Arizona related to the "Stand Your Ground" law.