Eric Diaz, chief financial officer at OYE! Business Intelligence, spoke about his startup at PHX Startup Week’s Street Pitch competition. His company won a $50,000 investment. (Photo by Megan Bridgeman/Cronkite News)

Hispanic-focused tech business wins PHX Startup Week competition

smart home technology on phone

Gilbert apartment complex joins ‘smart home’ movement, but will the trend take off?

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

3-D printer items and sign that says ASU Polytechnic Campus

ASU campus hosts largest 3-D printing research facility in Southwest

PHX Startup Week

PHX Startup Week attracts entrepreneurs from across US, organizers expect 10,000 attendees

Arizona voters decided in 2010 to legalize medical marijuana. Harvest of Tempe medical marijuana dispensary carries more than 26 strains of medical marijuana. (Photo by Jenny Ung/Cronkite News)

Arizona group files initiative to put recreational marijuana on ballot again

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019, plant owners say

A cargo ship calls on the Port of Oakland, California. Critics worry that pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership could hurt trade with Pacific Rim nations, with which Arizona businesses did $13.3 billion in business in 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ramirez/Creative Commons)

Trans-Pacific trade debate makes for unusual allies, antagonists

John Healy started Southwest Aquaponics and Fish Hatchery in Glendale with just one tank in his backyard.

Glendale aquaponic farmer promotes eco-friendly systems that combine fish with produce

Intel Jobs

Intel uses White House visit to announce $7 billion Chandler investment

Dr. Moneeesh Bhow and Mathena Jones work in the emergency room at Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix. Since 1995, about 20 percent of all new jobs in Arizona came from the health care sector, according to a new report by an Arizona State University professor. (Photo by Johanna Huckeba/Cronkite News)

ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession

Salon owner Adele LaVoie said microblading costs vary from technician to technician. (Photo by Saeed Alshamisi/Cronkite News)

Microblading eyebrows may be risky business for customers

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. Environmental groups have long criticized the plant for the level of pollutants it emits. (a href="" target="_blank">Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

Navajo power plant’s future uncertain, as natural gas costs fall

Christopher Saunders, a nursing senior from Chamberain College, is getting in-field experience at Maricopa Integrated Health Services. (Photo by Courtney Kock/Cronkite News)

Education and health services showed most job growth in Arizona in 2016

Dr. Amy Serin, neuropsychologist and creator of Buzzies, said the product inhibits stress responses and enhances memory recognition. (Photo by Megan Bridgeman/Cronkite News)

Valley psychologist creates wearable tech to reduce anxiety, stress

“We do have work to do, and we recognize that,” said Kristen Mackey, the administrator of the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation program. (Photo by Johanna Huckeba/Cronkite News)

State audit: Vocational program for disabled costs more, has less success

Arizona State announced plans to develop an Olympic Village as part of its Campaign 2020. (Photo by Blake Benard/Cronkite News)

Olympic Village plan another step in ASU’s goal to become ‘Olympic training ground’

After the cows are milked at Jim Boyle Dairy in Mesa, the cows head to the feeding line. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/Cronkite News)

Recent class-action lawsuit sheds light on AZ dairy industry

Tourists pose for a selfie in Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)

Arizona tourism officials want to capitalize on unused vacation time

(Kabob, hamburger and pizza photos by Michael Stern via Creative Commons | Food truck photo by Molly Bilker/Cronkite News)

Tell us about your favorite foodie hotspots in Arizona

This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 is one of 116 L88s ever produced. (Photo by Kaylin Burke/Cronkite News)

What happens to cars after Barrett-Jackson? Many stay here.

Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, and Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, spoke about the intersection of higher education and the economy in Arizona at Gateway Community College on Tuesday. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/ Cronkite News)

Higher education leaders stress degrees as important for Arizona economy

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has contracted with the Navy and the Department of Energy to provide power to military bases in California from a solar facility in Tonopah. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

Arizona still a power in solar power, despite other states’ gains

The Apache helicopter. (Photo by Audrey Weil/Cronkite News)

Arizona defense firms may see spending bump from Trump, but not soon

Newscast money beat

January 2, 2017: Money Special

Despite gains under Obamacare, roughly 800, 000 Arizonans do not have health care coverage. Insurance companies are tweaking policies in an effort to get those people to enroll. (Photo by Alex Proimus via flickr/Creative Commons)

If Obamacare goes away, coverage will stay – for the moment

Newscast money beat

December 12, 2016 Money Special

The main entrée, Korean BBQ, comes with salad and spicy noodles. (Photo by SeungYeol Cho/Cronkite News)

Korean businesses are expanding in AZ with shift in customer base

A sign is displayed in the offices of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. (Photo by Tyler Petersen/Cronkite News)

Advocates say ending Arizona’s veteran homelessness is in reach

Hollow Holiday

Judge blocks overtime rule change that could benefit 90,000 in Arizona

Korean sign (Photo by Kimberly Simpson/Cronkite News)

What can you tell us about Korean-owned businesses in Arizona?

Rising Incomes

Arizona incomes grew 3 percent in 2015, slightly off national pace

Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc and majority owner Andrew Barroway say a move to Tempe would widen the team’s fan base. (Photo by Kristina Vicario/Cronkite News)

Coyotes announce plan to move to Tempe

Supporters of Proposition 206, a measure to raise the minimum wage, cheer as early results come in Tuesday night. (Photo by Ally Carr/Cronkite News)

Arizonans approve ballot measure to raise minimum wage

The Cleveland Indians call Goodyear Ballpark home during spring training. (Photo by Tamsyn Stonebarger/Cronkite News)

Cactus League a big winner regardless of World Series outcome

Handcrafted voodoo dolls by K-Ta Buathier line a shelf in Buried Treasures in Phoenix. (Photo by Sophie Blaylock/Cronkite News)

Glendale tattoo artists crafts ‘safe’ voodoo dolls

VW Claims

Final settlement OK means VW, Audi drivers can start to file claims

Meritus, the only cooperative offering health insurance in Arizona under Obamacare, was suspended by state and federal officials just as open enrollment began this weekend. (Photo by Alex Proimos via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona faces steepest Obamacare hike in U.S.; subsidies could curb pain

GCU students headed to Barcelona for international startup competition

Scottsdale Scorpions outfielder Tim Tebow watches from the dugout during the team’s matchup against the Surprise Saguaros, Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Scottsdale. (Photo by Nicole Vasquez/Cronkite News)

Tebow’s presence draws crowds to Arizona Fall League

One Phoenix community near Grand and 15th avenues received a Love Your Block Phoenix mini-grant, which provides $1,000 to five communities a year to beautify the city – one block at a time. (Photo by Anthony Marroquin/Cronkite News)

Phoenix grant program tries to improve city one block at a time

Protesters gathered in 2015 outside a Phoenix McDonald’s to call attention to minimum wage issues. (Photo by Erica Lang/Cronkite News)

Arizona voters favor minimum wage boost, but some economists have doubts

Electric Ride

Advocates challenge states to use VW funds to boost electric vehicle use

VW Arizona

VW settlement of emissions case could mean millions for Arizona

Suzie Deadmond, a stylist at R Salon in Phoenix, models Day of the Dead makeup for a photoshoot. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Tabron/Araya Photography)

Halloween spending is expected to be scary high

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has contracted with the Navy and  Department of Energy to provide power to military bases in California from a solar facility in Tonopah. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

Tonopah solar farm to supply energy to California military bases

The corn fields at Fear Farm are transformed into something terrifying with sets, actors, costumes, makeup, and darkness. (Photo by Ally Carr/Cronkite News)

Why we love a good scare

Hispanic Recovery

Hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Steve Case (left) and Local Motors CEO John B. Rogers Jr. take a spin in a 3-D printed car. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

AOL co-founder’s tour highlights Phoenix entrepreneurial community


How do you meet demand to fill tech-related jobs in AZ? Get kids interested

Card Shuffle

Rules to protect prepaid card users will hurt innovation, issuers say

The growing rooms at Giving Tree Wellness Center are filled with marijuana plants. These ones still have a few weeks until they reach maturity. (Photo by Danielle Kernkamp/Cronkite News)

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

Rocky Mountain Restoration truck. (Photo by Dana Lewandowski/ Cronkite News)

Gilbert company tests job candidates’ empathy to improve customer service

Workers at Colados Coffee and Crepes in Avondale prepare food for customers. (Photo by Anthony Marroquin/Cronkite News)

AZ’s growing Hispanic-owned business sector gets help from Fuerza Local

Consumers nationwide submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about loans they believed were unfair, according to a study conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. (Photo by Stephen Bayer/Creative Commons)

Consumer advocate: Predatory lending still ‘major problem’ in Arizona


Pinal County dodges health care void as Blue Cross steps in to offer ‘Obamacare’ coverage

Grand Canyon Beverage Co. has two locations, one in the student union at Grand Canyon University and the other in the nearby west Phoenix neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon University)

Officials: Grand Canyon University businesses may revitalize Phoenix neighborhood

Arizona is expected to see a 3.1 percent increase in jobs in 2014, the second-highest growth rate in the nation. Economists say the relatively high numbers are a return to the norm for Arizona, which typically had higher job-growth rates than other states before the recession hit.

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton raised $2.2 million for her campaign from Arizona donors, more than any other candidate - but less than candidates in previous years. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

Convention delegates who were forced to turn to crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe said it was hard to ask strangers for money, but the conventions are too important not to. (Photo by Dave Dugdale/Creative Commons)

Arizona delegates turn to GoFundMe to finance convention trips

Cars wait in line for inspection at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. The port underwent a $250 million upgrade but some trade groups say it has not lived up to its promise. (Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection)

Staffing woes keep Mariposa port expansion from living up to promise

Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Mexico's minister of agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, cited the country's growing export market as a reason for the need for a strengthened trade relationship. (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

Mexican officials call for strengthening trade relationship with U.S.

Arizona is the largest producer of copper in the U.S. and the drop in demand, and prices, for the metal is being felt in the state, where mining jobs are down in recent years.

State’s economic growth slowed in 2015, as mining, copper took a hit

Valentin Hernandez, vice president of business attraction at the Arizona Commerce Authority, networks with other business owners at the summit. (Photo by Wafa Shahid/Cronkite News)

Business leaders market Arizona to the world at Washington summit

The summit featured many speakers, including veterans who now find success in business. (Photo by Eddie Keller/Cronkite News)

Veterans group eases way from battlefield to workplace

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said turning the United States into a ‘fortress’ won’t help it grow economically in the global market. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth


Manfred’s push for international draft gets mixed reviews in D-backs clubhouse

Michael Skarsten, despite being a smoker for nearly nine years, says he understands why some people may want to live in a smoke-free apartment. (Photo by Kelsey DeGideo/Cronkite News)

Put out that cigarette. Smoke-free apartments are trending in Arizona

Loan Reactions

Proposed limits on payday loans draw sharp reactions from both sides

woman speaker

Women of color who own Arizona businesses are on the rise


Cronkite News Money Special: May 23, 2016

Window art at the closing bookstore in Tempe

Tempe campus bookstore closing after 49 years

businesses on Mill Ave.

Tempe council members create program to bolster equal pay efforts for women

Women earned 82.5 percent of men’s weekly median earnings in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

Arizona battles gender pay gap through local efforts

(Photo by Joshua Delauder)

Downtown growth leads to apartment construction boom


Coffee shops bring growth and community to downtown Phoenix

The NBA’s Phoenix Suns play at Talking Stick Resort Arena, named for the casino property on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix. (Cronkite News file photo)

In limited market, Phoenix teams turn to Native American communities to sponsor arenas

The interior of Chase Field is pictured Sunday Aug. 30, 2015 in Phoenix. Chase Field is home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Jacob Stanek/Cronkite News)

Team owners starting to demand new stadiums sooner

Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum was home for the Phoenix Suns for their first 26 years (Photo by Jake Gadon/Cronkite News)

Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum remains relevant without pro team

The interior of Chase Field is shown Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Jacob Stanek/Cronkite News)

Suns, Coyotes, Diamondbacks wandering in the desert, pondering new homes


South Phoenix housing project to undergo $44 million renovation


Health care organizations respond to stressful wait times

Professional track athletes are training for the Rio Olympics with the company Altis in Phoenix. (Photo by Altis.World)

Olympic medalist prepares elite track athletes at Phoenix-based Altis

Rodeo photo

‘Toughest sport on dirt’ raises questions about animal cruelty

Arizona may have another important decision to make on the ballot come November. This one might set a new minimum wage for the state. (Photo by Emily Achondo/Cronkite News)

Arizona may determine new minimum wage in November

Arizona Electric Power Cooperative CEO Patrick Ledger, right, testified in support of a bill to force power marketing administrations to spell out costs of wildlife conservation in the energy it sells to utilities like his.

Arizona utility executive calls for more transparency in rate-setting


ASU students get free college tuition after winning national ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ e-sports tournament


Tempe company launches app to connect consumers with ‘need-it now’ products

The IRS is less likely than it has been in years to refer a taxpayer for criminal prosecution for tax fraud, a fact the agency attributes to “steep budget declines.”

IRS referrals for tax-fraud prosecutions still falling in state, nation

Greg Stanton photo

Stanton: New Suns venue downtown should also house Coyotes


Maricopa County puts responsibility for Chase Field upgrades on Diamondbacks


More medical marijuana dispensaries may soon crop up in Arizona

Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council said Arizona shoudl be a model for other states for economic policies, citing its lot tax rate and small regulatory burden.

Report: Arizona taxes, regulations rank it high for economic outlook


$274 million economic impact of January’s college champ game is highest yet in Arizona


Eco-friendly green burials become more popular in Arizona, the U.S.

“Nootropics” are mostly natural substances like fish oil or magnesium and non-prescription drugs like Piracetam, which is marketed as a brain booster. (Photo courtesy of Public Domain Images)

Nootropics pop up on college campuses, but do these ‘smart drugs’ actually work?


Suns D-League team rises in Prescott Valley


Will the proposed downtown Phoenix Fry’s get a tax break from the city?


Arizona’s increase in exports help draw global business leaders

Jordan Masters photo

From fad to flames: The rise and fall of the hoverboard industry

Skillful helps employers find potential employees with the necessary skills, even if they don't have a college degree. The new platform will match job seekers' skills with potential employers. (Photo courtesy of Skillful)

Skillful launches in Phoenix, connects job seekers to employers

The Flinn Foundation has released new numbers  on the state of the bioscience industry in Arizona, in which the Translational Genomics Research Institute is a major player. (Photo by Travis Arbon/Cronkite News)

Growing Arizona bioscience industry faces challenges

Bennett Dwosh, a recent Arizona State University graduate, said being at the bottom of a list of cities to work after graduation would cause concern. (Photo courtesy of Bennett Dwosh)

Author of Brookings study claiming Phoenix suffers worst ‘brain drain’ revises numbers


Chandler company Privoro develops security product for iPhones

High tech jobs photo

Phoenix attracts West Coast tech companies

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, speaks at the 2016 Business of Water Summit in Phoenix. In his remarks, Flake outlined his criteria for federal legislation to address the drought facing states that rely on the Colorado River for water. (Photo by Travis Arbon/Cronkite News)

Sen. Jeff Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

Jerome house

Bill could keep cities from banning short-term rentals

Maricopa County led the nation in net domestic migration gains - the number of people moving in from elsewhere in the country in 2015, the Census Bureau reported.

State added 100,000 residents in 2015, lured by climate, cost of living

Skydivers line up to load one of Skydive Arizona’s planes before take off. (Photo by Chloe Nordquist/Cronkite News)

Despite risks, skydiving continues to gain popularity

(Photo by Brittany Schmus/Cronkite News)

D-backs’ Hall on stadium battle with county: ‘We need to see what’s out there before it’s too late’


Diamondbacks spend big to keep pace with major-market foes

Members of the Vehicle Theft Task Force etch the VIN into a car’s window glass at a free event hosted by the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority on Wednesday in Maricopa. (Photo by Clarissa Cooper/Cronkite News)

Arizona is 8th in nation for auto theft with stolen vehicles often being used for drug and human smuggling


Arizona officials prepare desert tortoises for adoption

EyeTech eye

Mesa eye-tracking software company helps empower those with disabilities

(Photo by Amanda Ames/Cronkite News)

Shortage of large animal veterinarians threatens health of Arizona livestock industry

Casinos were among the state’s larger industries in terms of income in 2011, when this picture was taken, operating 14,451 slot machines and more than 500 blackjack, poker and other gaming tables at the time. (Photo by Cronkite News)

Report: Arizona casino revenues grew for fourth year, mirroring nation

Ford prototype

Ford provides sneak peek of driverless vehicle


Need a job? Advocates say career technical education plays vital role in Arizona economy

Dennis Phelan flies between Southern California and Arizona to take George Yslas back to Goodyear for treatment. (Photo by Chloe Nordquist/Cronkite News)

Pilots donated nearly $800,000 in ‘angel’ flights last year

The Coronado Generating Station was one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona that had emissions restrictions imposed by the EPA. A federal court upheld the EPA action.

EPA-ordered emissions rules for Coronado power plant upheld by court

Business Owner Sahil Saini, 29, works at a co-working space in Phoenix. (Photo by Mallory Price/Cronkite News)

Don’t call me lazy and other myths about working Millennials

the velo business

Survey: Arizona’s independent businesses saw jump in revenue, but struggle to obtain bank loans

movie photo

Arizona movie crew to share funding struggles at PHX Startup Week

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick opened in 2011 and is the only Spring Training venue built on Native American land. (Photo by Justin Emerson/Cronkite News)

As Cactus League circus returns, its impact felt across the Valley


Tempe florist gives leftover V-day flowers to nonprofit devoted to domestic violence victims

World View plans to start taking passengers to the outermost edge of earth’s atmosphere in high-altitude balloons by 2018. (Photo courtesy of World View)

Tucson-based World View to offer balloon rides to space


PHX Startup Week showcases veteran entrepreneurs

(Photo by Ben Brown/Cronkite News)

Black business struggles to grow in Arizona


Spring training gives Diamondbacks fans sneak peek at new look

The threat of identity theft has grown by about 26 percent in just 10 years, with a national total of 332,646 complaints in 2014, according to the Federal Trade Commission. (Photo courtesey of GotCredit via Flickr)

Arizona ranks ninth in country for identity theft, problem continues to grow nationwide


Phoenix spends $2 million a year to wipe out graffiti, reduce blight

Seeking Arrangement connects what it calls “wealthy benefactors” with students to help pay for college.

Website: ASU ranks second in nation for ‘sugar babies’ seeking financial help

A new report on the financial impact on cities of disasters, natural and manmade, said the biggest risk facing Phoenix - one of 301 cities studied - would be a market collapse.

Report: Markets, cyberattacks pose biggest financial risks to Phoenix

Ben Stinnett, a student in the Arizona State University robotics proggram and a quad-copter pilot, guides in his research drone for a smooth landing. (Photo by Ty Scholes/Cronkite news)

Proposed Senate bill would regulate drones, prohibit city ordinances

Sept. 10, 2015 - The northeastern side of Sky Harbor International Airport as aircraft come in for landing during the evening. Photo by Coleton Berry.

Phoenix Sky Harbor breaks yearly traffic records, prepares for future growth

Blue Nile President and CEO Harvey Kanter

Online diamond retailer Blue Nile competes for customers through ‘web rooms’


FYI: Valentine’s Day spending projected to increase exponentially this year

Blythe Huestis, manager of Natural Selections,  looks through the display case in her Arizona facility. The dispensary carries a multitude of cannabis products from flower or bud to cookies and infused tea. (Photo by Sean Logan/News21)

Facebook blocks some Arizona marijuana dispensary pages from site

Scrap copper at Potomac Metals in Beltsville, Maryland, fetched about $1 a pound recently, down from $3 a pound as recently as three years ago as global demand for the metal has softened.

Despite recent market drops, officials still see bright copper future

The Let’s Chat team at the Arizona State University Spark Tank on Feb. 4 in Tempe. From left to right: Chang Liu, Megan Kirk and Elizabeth Oviedo. (Photo by Kaitlyn Thompson/Cronkite News)

App aimed at Chinese-speaking students wins $50,000 in ASU competition

Curt Mattson said he focuses on art that defines the relationship between humans and horses. He’s showing his work at the Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art. (Photo by Chloe Nordquist/Cronkite News)

Labor stats: Fine artists in Arizona have higher annual income than in other states

Renters in Phoenix and other large cities are likely to pay more for car insurance than homeowners, a new report says.

Report: Phoenix renters pay more for car insurance than homeowners

The Comerica Theatre in Phoenix recently featured professional speakers Tony Robbins and Lisa Nichols, as well as Arizona resident Dean Graziosi. (Photo by Travis Arbon/Cronkite News)

Fledgling professional speakers say they struggle to sustain themselves

Photo of Shark Tank set

Phoenix entrepreneur hopes to cash in on ABC’s Shark Tank

The Suns signed Tyson Chandler (left) in the offseason to bolster their frontline. However, the team struggled to a 14-35 record and and the Suns fired coach Jeff Hornacek (right
) Monday. (File photo by Cody Fincher/Cronkite News)

ESPN’s Van Gundy: Suns need more than a coaching change

(Photo by Audrey Weil/Cronkite News)

How the aerospace industry impacts Arizona’s economy


Scottsdale company hopes simple formula fuels growth in sports nutrition market


El Niño storms affect winter crop industry in Arizona

Mini Pig photo

‘Mini’ pigs grow far beyond owners’ expectations, breeders’ claims as Arizona sanctuary fills

A Circle K store in downtown Phoenix sells gas for $1.69 per gallon. (Photo by Ziyi Zeng/Cronkite News)

Local economist: Arizona may benefit from plummeting oil prices

Cutter Aviation recently unveiled the new HondaJet, which it calls the “world’s most advanced light jet.” (Photo by James Ulrich/Cronkite News)

Cutter Aviation shows off new corporate jet

Arizona is expected to see a 3.1 percent increase in jobs in 2014, the second-highest growth rate in the nation. Economists say the relatively high numbers are a return to the norm for Arizona, which typically had higher job-growth rates than other states before the recession hit.

Study: Two Arizona cities crack top 20 for best places to find jobs in 2016

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia flies over Afghanistan in this 2011 photo.

Report: Air Force may spare A-10 from budget cuts for now

Tickets to the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot cost only $2.(Photo by Stacia Affelt/Cronkite News)

Record-breaking Powerball jackpot by the numbers

Saban photo

Alabama’s Saban wants juniors to make smart business move with NFL decision

Worker's compensation photo

FYI: Arizona lags behind other states in worker’s compensation benefits


Has Airbnb hurt Arizona’s hospitality industry?

Warehouse District photo

FYI: Business booms in downtown Phoenix Warehouse District


Phoenix sees increase in ‘solopreneurship’

Nuclear power plant photo

Palo Verde nuclear power plant continues to defy desert

Yuma town sign photo

Despite high unemployment, Yuma’s agribusiness continues to thrive

Native American entrepreneurs photo

Flagstaff-based incubator helps Native American entrepreneurs build businesses

Cardinals game photo

Will the ‘Seahawks effect’ catch on for home buyers in Arizona?

Carvana photo

Phoenix native launches Carvana, a growing online vehicles sales site

Central unit photo

With a parent in prison, Arizona children face poverty and instability

auto title loans photo

Auto title loans offer quick holiday cash but critics warn about mounting debt

Micro-housing photo

Seattle micro-housing: Could it catch on in Arizona?

compost farming

Recycled City turns food waste into compost for locals, signs contract with city of Phoenix


Former Glendale councilman sees narrow path to city keeping Coyotes


As program outgrows Oceanside, ASU hockey exploring options for new arena

52nd annual JPMorgan Chase/ASU economic forecast luncheon. (Photo by Yahaira Jacquez/Cronkite News)

Economists: 2016 Arizona economy to see great recovery, restrained growth

Rehab center

New $17.5 million rehabilitation center opens in Surprise


Small businesses use subscription health care plan to comply with Obamacare mandate

The Apache helicopter. (Photo by Audrey Weil/Cronkite News)

Mesa delivers the world’s premier attack helicopter to international allies

Patrons exercise at TenPoint5 Barre Studio in Tempe, where a single class costs $23. (Photo by Yahaira Jacquez/Cronkite News)

Boutique fitness classes a ‘huge craze’ in Valley


FYI: Cyber Monday becoming more mobile, data show

Vegan Thanksgiving photo

A very vegetarian Thanksgiving: How local businesses adjust to new kinds of customers


Organic local turkeys from Gilbert farm sell out in a day


Arizona State Fair: Attendance slips, but officials call it a success

Insys Therapeutics research and development analytical scientist Craig Bastian does lab work in the company's Research & Development Lab. (Photo by Jason Axelrod/Cronkite News)

Chandler pharmaceutical company sees rapid financial gains, but faces legal scrutiny over pain meds


Uber, Passport Health partner to provide flu shots to Phoenix users on demand

Mexico Soccer photo

Another major sporting event headed to the Valley

bartenders photo

Arcade bar growth turns Valley into multiplayer arena


Flagstaff’s Arizona Snowbowl to showcase first new ski lift in 30 years

Courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons

Grammy winners, downtown Phoenix fan fest headline College Football Playoff championship weekend events


Arizona projected to lead the United States in future job growth

Vendors at Sloan Park in Mesa serve traditional Chicago hot dogs to Cubs fans and visiting Chicagoans. (File Photo/Cronkite News)

Demand for Chicago-style food fuels out-of-state restaurant expansion in Phoenix

cell phone photo

IRS warns of phone scams aimed at duping taxpayers out of money


Some Arizona tribal casinos wage bets on risky demographic: Millennials

The Better Business Bureau says its latest tool, the Scam Tracker, helps people spot scams across the state. (Photo by Jacqueline Padilla/Cronkite News)

Arizona’s Better Business Bureau introduces Scam Tracker to help prevent fraud


Phoenix protesters join nationwide demand for $15 hourly minimum wage

Co+Hoots was ranked second in Symmetry 50’s 2015 list of the top co-working spaces in the U.S. (Photo by Jason Axelrod/Cronkite News)

Valley co-working spaces’ popularity attributed to natural collaboration, networking

Cantina Paz photo

Paz Cantina to close while condos are built, will reopen after renovations

A rapid drop in gas prices in Arizona has freed up cash for consumers, who are spending it rather than saving it. (Photo by Brooke Stobbe/Cronkite News)

Arizona consumers save at gas pump, but spend extra cash at restaurants, on groceries

Meritus, the only cooperative offering health insurance in Arizona under Obamacare, was suspended by state and federal officials just as open enrollment began this weekend. (Photo by Alex Proimos via flickr/Creative Commons)

Regulators pull one Obamacare option as open enrollment begins

Red Rocks outside of the Village of Oak Creek. (Photo by Erin Johnson/Cronkite News)

Northern Arizona fall colors have yet to make an appearance

Despite gains under Obamacare, roughly 800, 000 Arizonans do not have health care coverage. Insurance companies are tweaking policies in an effort to get those people to enroll. (Photo by Alex Proimus via flickr/Creative Commons)

As Obamacare enrollment opens, Arizona insurers continue to tweak plans

Suns photo

Suns new marketing campaign rooted in connection to community

Cannabis Conference

Phoenix marijuana convention draws job seekers, entrepreneurs

Students studying

Scottsdale tutoring company joins growing online industry

Welnick photo

Developers turn historic Welnick Marketplace in downtown Phoenix into adaptive reuse project

(Photo by Erin Johnson/Cronkite News)

FYI: Halloween by the numbers

Trophies photo

Arizona women leaders highlighted in 28th annual Athena Awards

Overlooking the runway and gates at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. (Photo by Samantha Witherwax/Cronokite News)

Laser beams pointed at aircraft a growing problem in the US

An IndyCar race car sits outside The Capitol Grille at the Biltmore during the 2016 Phoenix Grand Prix announcement on Oct. 27, 2015. (Photo by Maria Vasquez/Cronkite News)

After 11-year break, IndyCar will return to Phoenix International Raceway

Bridals by Ofelia in Phoenix offers a variety of quinceanera and bridal dresses. (Photo by Brooke Stobbe/Cronkite News)

McDowell Road’s ‘Miracle Mile’ highlights Phoenix area’s international diversity, culture

Traditional campaign materials are a tiny part of the cost of running for office. Consultants’ fees were the biggest part of the $5.5 million already spent on 2016 congressional races in Arizona. (Photo by J. Gregory Barton via flickr/Creative Commons)

Campaign spending for 2016 has already topped $5.5 million in Arizona


Parking app wins Phoenix’s first ‘App Hack’ competition

The Arizona Technology Council has partnered with Arizona Collaboratory Inc. to launch the Arizona Collaboratory Capital Connectivity Portal. (Photo by Sara Weber/Cronkite News)

Arizona groups launch equity crowdfunding site to connect businesses with capital


‘Mega’ events poised to bring economic impact to Valley area


Companies target Phoenix’s ‘disconnected youth’ population at job fair

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and other Hispanic Hispanic Caucus, release a Joint Economic Committed report showing Latinos still struggling to close the wage gap with others. (Photo by Adriana Barajas/Cronkite News)

Report: Gains in Hispanic education, business aren’t closing income gap

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National pumpkin shortage near Halloween doesn’t ‘scare’ Arizona

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., announcing his re-election bid in April. While he has some “vulnerabilities,” most experts say his challengers face a tough task. (Photo by Angie Schuster/Cronkite News)

Senate fundraising off to fast start in what could be a costly campaign

The weak peso-dollar exchange rate has led to a sharp decline in sales for retailers on the border. (Photo by Fan Wang/Cronkite News)

Weak peso hurts border businesses in Arizona

$950 million is expected to be spent on kids costumes alone according to the National Retail Federation. (Photo by Erin Johnson/Cronkite News)

Phoenix shop expects last-minute surge in Halloween costume sales

(Taken with a fisheye lens) The interior of Chase Field is pictured Sunday Aug. 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Chase Field is home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Jacob Stanek)

Arizona Diamondbacks executive battles low attendance at Chase Field through marketing efforts, concourse changes

Downtown Phoenix.

Experts highlight growing health care sector, Phoenix development as bright spots in state’s economy

A truck hauls coal at a mine in the Navajo Nation. Declining demand for coal led to the award of a federal grant to help Navajo develop a strategy to deal with the economic impact. (Photo by Kelly Michals via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona gets share of federal grant to help faltering coalfields communities


Turf Paradise re-opens this weekend with its 60th opening day

Carla Chavarria is one of those young entrepreneurs. She created YCM Marketing, a web development and design company. (Photo by Jennifer Soules/Cronkite News)

Latina entrepreneurs spur economic growth in Arizona

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Zombie paintball? Some Arizona businesses reaching into bag of tricks for Halloween

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Big banks dominate lending market, but some small businesses find success with community banks

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JP Morgan Chase provides $100K grant boost local business exports to Mexico

After a legal standoff with Glendale over the summer, the Arizona Coyotes will play their home opener Saturday night. (Photo by Mario Kalo/Cronkite News)

Westgate businesses relieved NHL season underway after Coyotes, Glendale standoff


Some Valley pet-store owners not worried about potential PetSmart and Petco merger

Paul Goldschmidt stands in the on-deck circle in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo by Torrence Dunham/Cronkite News)

D-backs’ ‘Throwback Thursday’ campaign brought back rich memories for team, fans

St. Joseph the Worker entered “Fast Pitch” competition to help launch the organization’s Mobile Success Unit – an office on wheels. (Photo courtesy of St. Joseph the Worker)

Phoenix nonprofit ‘Fast Pitch’ competition gives more than just grants

Phoenix labor lawyer Mark Kisicki said the definition of “employer” in the new NLRB rule sould lead to confusion for businesses and workers, and he called for a more plain-language definition. (Photo by Tom Blanton/Cronkite News)

Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block NLRB’s new ‘joint employer’ rule

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Millennials transition into housing market as rents become more expensive


Old school retro games have new life and are making a comeback

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University hosted the North America Economic Connectivity Conference on Sept. 30 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. (Photo by Carla León/Cronkite News)

Experts: What do businesses need to increase trade across borders?

Gov. Doug Ducey: Trans-Pacific Partnership makes Arizona more competitive

The Phoenix Symphony is thriving after facing bankruptcy. (Photo by Jennifer Soules/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Symphony survives and thrives after budget crisis

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Local, national spa franchises expand in Arizona as industry grows

Panelists from three companies expanding to Phoenix spoke about what attracted their businesses to the area at an event held by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council on Thursday. (Photo by Stefan Modrich/Cronkite News)

Company officials: Ample space, competitive wages attracted them to Arizona

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol, with scaffolding covering the dome, which is under renovation. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)

Congress passes stopgap budget with a day to spare; Arizona vote split

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Arizona business leaders emphasize ethical practices at Integrity Summit


Arizona’s Flintstones-themed Bedrock City continues to draw tourists amid potential sale


Phoenix, Ak-Chin Indian Community unveil College Football Playoff Championship Campus


Toll roads? Increased gas tax? Audit says ADOT faces budget shortfall of $62.7 billion and needs solutions

Merchants sell bell peppers and other local foods at the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market in Phoenix on Saturday.

Phoenix non-profit organization promotes local food awareness

Farmworkers pick lettuce in Yuma in this file photo from 2012. (Photo by Michel Duarte/Cronkite Borderlands Initiative)

Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

An Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald jersey hangs on a rack at the Just Sports store inside Chandler Fashion Center. Fitzgerald's jersey is the team's best seller, according to the NFL Players Association. (Proto by Stefan Modrich/Cronkite News)

Arizona Cardinals, ASU players’ jersey sales on low end nationally


New business incubator finds home in old pickle house building

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (left) speaks to Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at a Arizona Manufacturers Council and chamber event. (Photo by Curtis Spicer/Cronkite News)

Arizona continues push to open new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

Hong Kong Commissioner to the U.S. Clement Leung speaks to the business community about promoting entrepreneurship for companies in Arizona and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Commissioner: Entrepreneurs in Arizona need to branch out

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Judge bars Vemma Nutrition from resuming full business operations

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No hike for Fed: Interest rates remain steady, some Arizonans breathe sigh of relief

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Open space parks provide economic boost to Maricopa County communities

The Office of the Auditor General recently released an audit of the Arizona Department of Real Estate.

Audit finds deficiencies in Arizona Department of Real Estate’s operations

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Vemma CEO confident after Tempe company’s court hearing on pyramid scheme allegations

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French Fry Heaven’s new Tempe location marks its shift to fast-casual dining

Eightteen percent of Phoenix homeowners had underwater mortgages. (File photo)

Phoenix homeowners rank above average for underwater mortgages, Zillow report says

Consumers already have begun using the new chip-and-PIN cards when they make purchases.

New ‘Chip-and-PIN’ credit cards to change way consumers pay, businesses operate


Cactus League expansion limited by funding, economic impact still significant

McAlister’s Deli is eyeing Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert to potentially open locations. (Cronkite News photo by Jason Axelrod)

McAlister’s Deli fast casual restaurant chain to expand operations in Phoenix


Phoenix man’s nightmare inspires Bloodhound, an app to locate missing people

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Experts predict slight gains in Labor Day travel, spending

Protesters at a rally in Phoenix in support of Wisconsin labor unions, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo by Sandior via flickr/Creative Commons)

Rising Arizona membership gives unions something to cheer for Labor Day

About 2,000 people use light rail on arena event nights, according to Phoenix. (Photo by Zachary Holland/Cronkite News)

City Council renews Valley Metro event day program, U.S. Airways Center partnership

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Businesses near Valley Metro’s northwest light rail extension struggle during construction

Sun Devil Stadium Construction

Renovations at Sun Devil Stadium force 10,000 season-ticket holders to relocate

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Arizona’s economy continues to recover, just very slowly

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Vemma stops operations after FTC calls it a pyramid scheme, student ‘affiliates’ lose money

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New deals app aimed at millenials launches in Tempe, aims to help build small businesses

A man walks by an ad for a currency exchange in Hong Kong featuring images of China's renminbi, or yuan, U.S. and European currencies. (Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Ripples in Chinese economy could make waves for Arizona businesses

The cost of traffic jams in Phoenix and Tucson traffic averaged more than $1,000 per commuter when gas, wasted time and trucking were figured in. Still, neither city was in the top 10 nationally. (Photo by Ernesto Andrade via flickr/Creative Commons)

Paying a price for going nowhere: Traffic hits Arizona commuters’ wallets

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, when stocks rebounded from a historic drop before falling again sharply before the close. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Financial advisers, economists urge calm in face of market volatility

Brewers from Arizona Wilderness Brewing and THAT Brewery toast a joint creation. They are two of the scores of Arizona’s craft brewers, which is helping drive growth of the beer industry and its economic impact on the state. (Photo by Alan Levine via flickr/Creative Commons)

Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes

Less than 40 percent of Arizona's private-sector workers participate in an employer retirement plan, and their average retirement account balance is less than $24,000, a new report says. (Photo by via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona workers may be coming up short on their retirement savings

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Despite three championships, Mercury still fight for attention

More than 943,000 workers in Arizona, or about 45 percent of the state's private-sector workforce, do not have access to paid sick leave, a new report says. Nationally, 40 percent of workers, or 43 million workers, lack the benefit.  (Photo by Laura Mundee via flickr/Creative Commons)

Report: About 40 percent of workers in state, U.S. have no paid sick leave

Officials with Arizona's state-run pension systems say the funds are in good shape going forward, despite a drop from 2003-2013 compared to other states.  (Photo by via flickr/Creative Commons)

Officials: Slip among state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern

Rep. Martha McSallly, R-Tucson, outside her Capitol Hill office. The freshman lawmaker was elected by a razor-thin margin in 2014, which experts say explains her heavy fundraising in this election cycle. (Photo by Sierra Oshrin)

McSally raises $1.6 million so far in 2015, among most in the House

Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in Cochise County, which is why a Pentagon plan to cut 114 jobs there has local officials worries.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine/USAF)

Dodging an Army bullet: State gets only a fraction of service’s 40,000 job cuts

From 1996-2003, the Suns and Coyotes shared US Airways Center. If the Coyotes’ legal battle with Glendale sends them out of Gila River Arena, they could end up back where they started. (Cronkite News photo by Michael Nowels)

New downtown Phoenix arena could bring end to Coyotes’ bumpy desert road

McAdoo photo.

Change sparked by 2011 ArenaBowl loss set Rattlers up for sustained success

Ex-Im Bank

Export-Import Bank authorization lapses, leaving firms in ‘uncharted territory’

An Obama administration proposal to expand overtime benefits workers now classified as salaried employees could affect 5 million workers nationwide, and about 100,000 in Arizona. (Photo by M Sullivan via flickr/Creative Commons)

Plan to expand overtime rules could reach 100,000 Arizona salaried workers

Spider-Man toy patent

Even superheroes have limits: Court turns down Spider-Man toy inventor

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, backed by other Democrats who think the White House's plans for a Pacific free-trade agreement will harm U.S. workers and the economy.

Arizona delegation splits on vote to let Pacific trade deal advance

Border banks

Border businesses hope meeting with regulators stems bank closings

cybersecurity lock

55,000 federal workers in state wait to see if personal data was taken

Tucson postal service

Tucson mail processing center gets reprieve from planned July closure

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Longer term car loans gaining in popularity, especially in Arizona

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Grand Canyon at confluence of popularity and conservation

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Despite gains, Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

PhoenixMart rendering. (Courtesy photo)

Developers say building to begin soon for long awaited PhoenixMart

David Makisic

Navajo zoo receives permit to provide protected eagle feathers

University of Phoenix Stadium

Sports leaders say commission, state fund could help Arizona with mega events

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale saw a big boost in business with the Super Bowl, but business owners say not having the NFL Experience there hurt their profits. (Photo by Zach Holland)

After Super Bowl XLIX, what is next for city of Glendale?

Phoenix Forward

Leaders launch Phoenix Forward to encourage business growth

World View plans to start taking passengers to the outermost edge of earth’s atmosphere in high-altitude balloons by 2016.

Arizona’s missile, space industry may turn to space tourism

Super Bowl Central

Arizona enjoying three-year run as country’s sports mecca

Assets Tank

Purse and sword: Seized assets mean big money for law enforcement

Baseball concessions

MLB’s pace of play changes won’t affect concession sales

The region that includes Maricopa and Pinal counties had 17.6 million domestic visitors in 2013.

Arizona tourism sees “moderate” post-Recession improvement

Javelina Leap Winery

Arizona wine industry matures, experts foresee potential gains

Peter Ax, founder and managing partner of Scottsdale-based Phoenix Capital Management launched PRJKT RUBY to allow women in the United States to purchase affordable birth control and generate proceeds for women’s health in Third World countries

Scottsdale exec launches effort to support reproductive health


It’s not your imagination: Airline performance fell in 2014, report says