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Q&AZ: Why Arent Candidates Names In Alphabetical Order On Ballots?
The placement of candidates’ names on ballots goes beyond alphabetical order. It depends on the type of election, the city and sometimes even the precinct. Arizona state law requires if two or more candidates appear on a ballot, precincts rotate the names of each candidate so that every name appears an equal number of times in every position.
July 20, 2020
Q&AZ: Whats The Origin Of Arizonas Name?
According to the Secretary of State, the Spanish sometimes spelled Arizona with an S or even two Ss. And it was located somewhere in what are now borderlands. But scholars disagree on the meaning and the source of the name.
June 29, 2020
Q&AZ: When Will Tempe Playgrounds Reopen?
Arizona cities like Tempe shut down some park amenities in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit to mitigate the spread of the virus. With the state reopening, some of those park amenities are being reopened, but it may take a little longer until Tempe kids can enjoy local playgrounds again. One listener asked Q&AZ when will Tempe playgrounds be reopened?
May 26, 2020
Q&AZ: Are AZ Bats Disease Reservoirs?
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely originated in bats, as did its cousins, which caused the MERS and SARS epidemics. One KJZZ listener wanted to know if bats in Arizona pose a risk.
May 21, 2020
Q&AZ: Where Can I Donate Clothes During The Pandemic?
With more time spent at home, some Arizonans are taking the opportunity to clean out their closets. Here are some of the organizations accepting donations right now.
May 21, 2020
Q&AZ: How Are Arizonas Electoral College Electors Chosen?
The 2020 presidential election is coming in November and the Electoral College plays an important role in the process. Through our Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How electors are chosen in Arizona, and what are precinct committee people?
May 18, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do AZ Prisons Require In-Person Attendance For GED Classes During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Most K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Arizona have gone digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in prisons across the state, students are still being forced to go to class in-person every day. A Q&AZ listener asked why hasn't the prison education system gone to correspondence work.
May 12, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Does Insurance Pay So Much For Windshield Repair?
In February, KJZZ reported that Arizona ranked first in the nation for the number of auto glass claims in 2019. Through our Q & AZ reporting project, a listener asked why their insurance company pays so much for windshield and auto glass repair.
May 11, 2020
Q&AZ: Does My Meat Come From A Plant Where Theres Been A COVID-19 Outbreak?
Several meatpacking plants around the U.S. have seen outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers. A listener asked Q&AZ how can you tell if meat you’re buying comes from one of the affected plants
May 5, 2020
Q&AZ: Are Tribes Still Waiting For Federal Relief Funds?
Listeners asked Q&AZ whether Native American tribes are still waiting for relief funds from the federal government.
May 4, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Are AZ Gas Prices Higher Than Most Other States?
While average fuel prices across the country have fallen due to the coronavirus pandemic, some Arizona gas stations have barely changed and one listener asked why through our Q&AZ reporting project. As KJZZ’s Harry Croton reports, gas price fluctuations depend on several key factors.
April 27, 2020
Arizona Caregiver Tries To Navigate State Unemployment System
Almost 250,000 people filed new unemployment claims in Arizona over the last three weeks. Near the end of the first week, Gov. Doug Ducey gave an order that people who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 would not have to show they’d looked for new work to qualify for help. Days later, through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, Jeanne Apelseth asked why the state’s system still wanted her to list jobs she’d applied for.
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April 7, 2020
Q&AZ: Has The Deadline For AZ Charitable Tax Credit Changed?
With so much of the economy on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, the date to file state and federal taxes has been pushed back to July 15. One listener asked through our Q&AZ reporting project how that impacted the April 15 deadline for Arizona's tax credit for charitable donations.
April 6, 2020
Q&AZ: What Headlines Were In Arizona Newspapers In 1912?
Last month, KJZZ honored Arizona on the 108th anniversary of its statehood with its Untold Arizona series. But the addition of the 48th state was far from the only story filling the pages of Arizona newspapers in 1912.
March 12, 2020
Q&AZ: Who Does Those Funny Highway Electronic Signs?
While making your way to work or sitting in traffic you may have noticed some quirky safety messages along Arizona’s interstates. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, one listener asked : “Who does those funny electronic signs. Is it one person or a team?”
Jan. 20, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do Only Certain Valley Freeways Have Billboards?
Billboards are ubiquitous on some Valley freeways, but nowhere to be found along other roads. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked who decides when a billboard is allowed along the highway and when to keep them off the side of the road.
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Jan. 13, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do APS And SRP Advertise?
When it comes to setting up utilities in a new home, Arizonans don't have much choice because electrical services are determined based on where people live. That led a listener to ask: “Why do APS and SRP need to advertise?”
Jan. 14, 2020
Q&AZ: How Are Superior Court Judges Selected?
A listener wanted to know about Superior Court judges in Arizona and how they’re selected for office. Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Coconino counties use a merit-based system.
Jan. 2, 2020
Q&AZ: Does Snow On The Four Peaks End Up In Our Drinking Water Supply?
Will the snow we’ve seen on Four Peaks this winter eventually end up in our drinking water? A listener asked about it through KJZZ's Q&AZ project. When the Four Peaks east of Phoenix turn white in the winter, it’s not only pretty to look at, it’s also a good sign for our water reserves.
Jan. 2, 2020
Q&AZ: How Did Tonto National Forest Get Its Name?
Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked how the Tonto National Forest got its name. In short, it’s because the Tonto Basin lies at the forest’s core. But, that still leaves the question: Where did Tonto come from?
Dec. 23, 2019