PHOENIX – Members of a nonprofit environmental advocacy group on Thursday urged the public to pay closer attention to “regressive” governmental policies they say could damage the solar power industry in Arizona, and they warned against proposed budget cuts that could cripple the Environmental Protection Agency. Tempe-based Defend Our Future, a student engagement group, held.
PHOENIX – Dozens of states in the U.S. regulate the tattoo industry. They often require the businesses to have licenses and the customers to remain sober. Yet Arizona is one of the few states that has minimal restrictions. The state requires tattoo artists to use sterilized needles and prohibits minors from getting tattoos without an.
PHOENIX – Tom Messier turned his Mesa home into a winery. Four-foot-tall metal buckets line his living room. A humidifier and two wooden barrels, covered by a plastic sheet, occupy a corner of his kitchen. Stacks of red, white and fruit wines in glass jugs decorate his spare room. Messier belongs to AZ WineMakers, a.
WASHINGTON – Some Arizona Democrats were labeling the Trump administration’s proposed $4.4 trillion fiscal 2019 budget “disastrous” Tuesday and a “slap in the face to Americans across the country.” The budget released Monday cuts spending in 10 of 13 executive departments, and calls for reductions to Medicaid and repeal of the Affordable Care Act, while.
PHOENIX – Arizonans could be the first in the country to pay their state taxes in Bitcoin if a bill introduced in the Legislature becomes law. Proponents say this would put Arizona on the forefront of the innovative cryptocurrency technology. Critics say the bill is a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist,.
PHOENIX – Arizona ranked 36 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents’ “ability to save and build wealth,” according to Prosperity Now’s 2018 scorecard released earlier this week. This is the state’s best ranking in the study, which became an annual occurrence in 2012. Prosperity Now – formerly the.
PHOENIX – Nirvana Center, a medical-marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, sells products with such names as ice cream, bubble gum and vanilla bean – shying away from using harsher-sounding traditional names. “People definitely are becoming more accepting of cannabis and its uses,” said Max Schell, who helps run the center’s marketing team. “And I feel like.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump bragged this week that African-American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona. Despite an improving employment picture, African-Americans still lag other populations in the state on a number.
TEMPE – Four virtual reality arcades have popped up in metro Phoenix as players who can’t afford the emerging technology at home are willing to pay for a few immersive minutes of horror or military-style firefights. The steep cost of headsets, space limitations and inexperience with the technology have created a VR arcade industry that.
PHOENIX – Nikola Motor Co. plans to build a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant for its hydrogen-electric semi-trucks in Buckeye, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday, and the company will move its headquarters to the West Valley from Salt Lake City later this year. Nikola chose Arizona after a 12-month search among nine states and 30 locations,.
WASHINGTON – Ports of entry at Nogales are as many as 300 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers shy of their approved staffing levels, according to the officers’ union, leading to long lines that threaten the region’s economy. Customs and Border Protection officials refused to discuss specific numbers of officers at Nogales, citing security reasons..
MESA – Rolando Palacios is just a few weeks away from becoming a first-time business owner. After working for 15 years as a landscaper and plumber, Palacios and his wife began investing in their American dream: a restaurant to call their own. “The United States gave me the opportunities that El Salvador did not,” Palacios.
PHOENIX – The year was 1997, and Tiger Woods, fresh out of Stanford, was brand new to the PGA Tour. Woods stepped up to the raucous 16th tee wearing a navy blue Nike hat and oversize polo shirt that probably would be considered drab by today’s fashion standards. What he did next became a legendary.
SCOTTSDALE – Just as the ’56 Chevy Bel Air was about to rumble up the ramp, someone on the detail team noticed a dull spot on an otherwise gleaming tire. Time for more polish. Done and ready for auction. The 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction offered more than 1,700 vehicles for sale in Scottsdale..
GLENDALE – The first thing that hits you when you walk into Escuela de Electricidad Automotriz is the scent of auto parts and coffee. A large white truck is mounted on a lift in the middle of a spacious, echoey room along with tires, engines and other parts spread all over. This shop looks, at.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has pushed for several new programs to try to reduce recidivism among convicted felons. In November, he announced a pilot program to help get former inmates to their jobs after they’re released. He also has implement a “ban the box” policy for state agencies. And he has led efforts.
PHOENIX – Elyse Guidas wants to increase access to healthy foods in low-income areas. She works as the executive director of Fresh Express, a nonprofit that sells fruits and vegetables from a retired Valley Metro bus fitted as a mini grocery store. The truck sells the foods at cost, below market price. It makes 20.
GLENDALE – On a warm Saturday night in October, comic book fans traveled to Drawn to Comics in Glendale where local comic book artists promoted their work at the shop’s annual Halloween Comicfest. Young children in costumes darted around the adults. Young women waited in line to buy their comic books. It’s a scene some.
PHOENIX – The number of Latino-owned businesses in Arizona doubled from 2007 to 2015, according to recent data released by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. And the group has more purchasing power than ever. Chamber spokesman James Garcia credited increases in entrepreneurism and economic impact to the population’s rise in size and education levels..
NOGALES, AZ —The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where cattle rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. Green vegetation dots the desert for miles from Fish’s ranch headquarters to the ranch’s edge on the Arizona-Mexico border. Black Angus cattle dip their heads to.
AVONDALE — Big changes are in the works at Phoenix Raceway. On top of its massive renovation, the track unveiled its announcement of a title shift on Sept. 26. The track has signed ISM Connect as its naming rights partner. The transition to becoming ISM Raceway, effective 2018, is the first time in the track’s.
QUERETARO, Mexico – Mexico is facing something it never thought would happen: the possibility that NAFTA, the trade agreement that shaped the country’s economic policies over the last two decades, might disappear. But just as some Mexican officials try to convince President Donald Trump that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been beneficial for.
COLON, Queretaro, Mexico – From a stretch of highway in the heart of Mexico, rows of white rectangular structures appear against a backdrop of hills and low brush. A few minutes’ drive farther reveals an entry checkpoint resembling that of a military base. This formidable entrance opens to what could be the prototype for Mexico’s.
QUERÉTARO — Aurelio Martínez Moran stands on the land he’s worked for nearly 22 years. He leans against his red pickup truck and looks out at the fields where workers tend to rows of corn, chili, zucchini and tomatillo. At 18, he was like them, a field worker. Now he rents and farms 30 acres.
SCOTTSDALE – They have names like Kale and Clover, Flower Child and Grabbagreen. If you’re searching for a vegan or vegetarian restaurant in Scottsdale, you likely don’t have to look far. HappyCow, which provides a dining guide for vegans and vegetarians, lists dozens of eateries in Scottsdale. The area has so many offerings, Wallethub recently.
WASHINGTON – When the Great Recession began 10 years ago this month, experts say Latino workers in Arizona were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heavily represented in construction and agriculture, two industries that were particularly hard hit, and generally younger than the overall state population, unemployment among Hispanics in Arizona soared from.
PHOENIX – It costs less to die in Arizona and in other nearby states compared to elsewhere in the nation – at least when it comes to funeral costs. Local experts say that’s because so many people here choose cremation over traditional burial. The national median cost of a funeral, which includes viewing and burial.
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates in Arizona inched down to 4.5 percent in October, falling to the lowest rate since the start of the Great Recession and capping one of the longest recoveries on record in the state. Some experts said there may yet be improvements in the overall jobless rate, but all agreed that employment.
PHOENIX – Melissa de la Rosa has been boxing at Jabz Boxing in Arcadia for just under a year. The women-only facility fulfills more than de la Rosa’s desire to amp up her cardio and relieve stress. “I’m an Orthodox Jew, and I can’t work out uncovered around men,” she said. “So, I come here.
WASHINGTON – The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the U.S. may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home. “For the first time in recorded history, remittances to developing countries actually declined,” during the recession, said.
PHOENIX – Arizona already faces a shortage of skilled cyber security workers. And one local cyber security expert said those who do hold these jobs might need to brush up on their skills. “We have a huge cybersecurity skills gap,” said Brett Scott, who has worked in the IT industry for 30 years. “And most.
WASHINGTON – It was what one expert called “the mother of all booms.” Just over a decade ago, Arizona’s construction industry was leading the country in residential and commercial building. People were waiting up to a year for a house, even as builders were throwing new homes up on spec for the residents who were.
PHOENIX – Averie Brookes was hanging out with friends late one evening last year when their sweet cravings kicked in. “We were all hanging out, and we realized that there are no places open past midnight that serve desserts, and we took it a step further and decided, ‘Well, we’re up late. We want it.
PHOENIX – A number of telephone history museums – which celebrate everything from telegraphs and telephone booths to rotary and flip phones – have closed in the past few years. Museums in Houston, Oregon and Tucson couldn’t keep their doors open, according to media reports. In Phoenix, Joe Hersey worried the collection he had curated.
SCOTTSDALE – Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor, was exorcised on her deathbed in late 1996, according to published reports, because the Archbishop of Calcutta feared she was “being attacked by the devil.” Exorcisms, the religious practice of driving the evil spirit or demon out of someone.
BISBEE – The students digging beneath the stands at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark have unearthed a few artifacts that provide a glimpse into what life was like for fans of the century-old ballpark: firearm cartridges, broken glass bottles, bus tokens. Robert Schon, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, leads the archeological dig,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake ended his holdout Friday and agreed to vote for the GOP tax-cut plan, joining fellow Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and helping Republican leaders get the margin they needed to pass the bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would cut taxes by $1.4 trillion over 10 years, but.
BISBEE – Longtime Bisbee resident Renee Reed remembers how the dilapidated home across the street used to look. “It was really cute and quaint, but over the years I’ve had to sit here and watch it just disintegrate,” Reed said. Nearly three decades ago, the home was so beautiful an artist asked Reed if he.
PHOENIX – Americans are dealing out more cash this year for the holidays, but experts say that’s not necessarily a good thing for those looking for work in Arizona. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest shopping time of the year – 174 million U.S. consumers hurried through stores and navigated websites to.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill Monday to lobby senators for a GOP tax cut plan – and so was Tucson resident Cindy Winston, who was there to lobby against the measure. The Tucson schoolteacher was one of a handful of state residents at the Capitol hoping to influence Arizona Sens. John.
SCOTTSDALE – Competitors working together? That’s not a typical business practice, but representatives from five Scottsdale furniture consignment stores said their collaboration has helped boost the local industry. Darlene Richert, president and founder of Avery Lane, spearheaded the effort to brand the high-end resale shops located within a five-mile radius of each other and market.
PHOENIX – Companies interested in providing a safe work environment must do more than just run training sessions, say human resources experts as high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault surface almost daily. “A lot of companies give out a handbook on the first day and never talk about it again, or you really only.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties Thursday as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion tax-cut plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess. Thirteen Republicans joined all 192 voting Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but.
PHOENIX – When Park Central Mall opened in 1957, the cars packed into the parking lot had fins, Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” was on the radio and shoppers were riding the escalators at a gleaming, two-story Goldwater’s department store, founded by the family of the man who would run for president seven years later. The.
SCOTTSDALE – Robots can drive our cars, pick our tomatoes and change our thermostats for us. But would you want a robot to pour your next beer or wine? The restaurant and bartending industry has embraced the latest automation trend: robotic bartenders. The technology has cropped up at several Valley establishments, including Sorso Wine Room.
PHOENIX – Consumers seeking last-minute loans will soon have new protections. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent federal agency established in 2011 after the Great Recession, issued a ruling last month to curb so-called “predatory” lending practices, a move some experts say will make a positive impact on Arizona consumers. The rules would require.
WASHINGTON – A GOP tax-reform plan to eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales tax payments would affect one in five Arizona taxpayers, who used it to deduct more than $3.5 billion from their 2015 income. But Arizona filers will not see nearly the hit of higher-tax states like California and Maryland, which.
WASHINGTON – The House began work Monday on the largest tax reform push in over three decades, with most Arizona lawmakers tentatively embracing the concept even as they expressed reservations about details in the 429-page bill. GOP leaders who unveiled the plan Thursday said it will spur the economy by cutting corporate and individual tax.
TEMPE – When Patricia St. Vincent bought a 1910 colonial revival house in Tempe more than 30 years ago, the seller congratulated her and said, “You bought yourself a haunted house.” That didn’t bother St. Vincent when she closed the deal on the Ash Street property. She transformed the house into Casey Moore’s Oyster House..
A local surgeon likes to play the odds, just not in the emergency room. Bryan Pimlott wants to be clear: He’s not a gambler. He’s a poker player. His parents never gambled, his kids don’t gamble. Yet he has managed to be accomplished at both his career — a Phoenix orthopedic surgeon specializing in the.
PHOENIX – Thousands of people converged in central Phoenix this past weekend as part of the inaugural Lost Lake Festival, a three-day music, arts and food event. Despite earlier concerns about security issues and potential traffic snarls, attendees and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the event “exceeded expectations.” “Steele Indian School Park has never looked.
PHOENIX – Maryvale residents said they were concerned about the recent announcement their nearest hospital would close, leaving some to question where they will go in an emergency. Abrazo Community Health Network on Wednesday announced it will close its Maryvale campus on Dec. 18. Leslie Jones, 64, said as a longtime resident of the West.
PHOENIX – Tiny meows echo through the room as volunteers in yellow smocks feed, weigh and record every kitten in the Arizona Humane Society’s Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit. When a rescue worker showed up at the nonprofit’s Phoenix facility with a cardboard crate in her hands on a recent Friday afternoon, a spokeswoman looked.
PHOENIX – Like many community members who live in or around Maryvale, Lupe Ybarra needs a job. On Tuesday afternoon, she cruised from booth to booth, speaking with potential employers as part of a hiring event at the Legends Event Center in the west Phoenix neighborhood. It was her second time at the center that.
MESA — In his first at-bat of the Game Day USA Junior All-American Games, Sam Love faced an 0-2 count with the bases loaded. Love fouled off a few before finding his money pitch. He roped a line drive down the left field line for a bases-clearing double. The fight he showed at the place defines.
PHOENIX – Eastern cultures have practiced the art of meditation for centuries. But its popularity has spread to the West in recent decades. The CEO of Phoenix-based Current Meditation wants to capitalize on that trend by taking his business and making it into a national franchise. Current Meditation plans to open as many as 175.
WASHINGTON – Arizona utilities and regulators said they plan to continue working toward the lower carbon emission goals that had been set in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, even though federal officials said this week that they are scrapping the program. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that he will revoke the Obama-era.
PHOENIX – Arizona ranks among the top states for financial complaints by older consumers, a consumer group said in a report released Thursday. Seniors are more likely to be financial prey than members of other age groups, whether the target of advertising that glosses over the downsides of reverse mortgages with soothing celebrity testimonials, dealing.
PHOENIX – Tiny housing has been a hot topic the past few years, with shows such as “Tiny House Hunters” and others appearing on HGTV and tiny house communities popping up across the country. The trend has flourished in densely populated cities such as New York and Seattle. Some smaller communities – such as Spur,.
PHOENIX — Mike Tyson. Allen Iverson. Diego Maradona. Terrell Owens. Four major athletes, four major sports. And an estimated $600 million of earnings lost. Eight years after an eye-opening Sports Illustrated study suggested 60 percent of NBA players go broke within five years of retiring from the game, concerns remain about professional athletes’ finances as.
NOGALES, Mexico – Sixty truck drivers scribbled notes in a Mexican warehouse last month as they listened to a United States border inspection officer describe the types of things officers examine during border inspections. Flat tires. Broken headlights. Cargo that’s not secured. The group gathered as part of a new program the Arizona Department of.
PHOENIX – In the past decade, nail art has become one of the hottest trends in the nail care industry. In fact, more than 85 percent of the salons surveyed nationwide offered nail art, which includes everything from hand painted art and Swarovski crystals to chrome nails, according to NAILS Magazine 2016-2017 statistics. Nail art.
WASHINGTON – A Senate committee Wednesday chastised the former head of Equifax for a data breach that exposed financial data of as many as 143 million Americans to hackers – a number that one Arizona expert said could be even higher. Jamie Winterton, director of strategy at the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University,.
MESA – Spencer Thomason’s startup beat out 63 others at this year’s Venture Madness competition. His pitch: “The internet has two big problems: Porn and cat videos. You might be asking, ‘But what’s wrong with cat videos?’ Well, nothing per se, but cat videos represent the 44.5 hours per week on average that kids spend.
WASHINGTON – Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant. Peabody, which mines the coal to power the plant, did not identify the prospective buyers it presented to.
PHOENIX – Local economist Elliott Pollack said he’s optimistic about the future of both the regional and national economy, pointing to positive indicators such as employment, population and housing growth. However, Pollack also expressed plenty of caution when he spoke to a crowd of about 750 people gathered in downtown Phoenix for the Greater Phoenix.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has spent hundreds of millions of dollars making improvements to the airport in the past few years. And airport officials say the work is paying off. Last year, Sky Harbor ranked 14th among mega airports on the J.D. Power and Associates’ airport satisfaction survey. This year, it tied.
WASHINGTON – Florence Copper officials could break ground on a $24 million “in-situ” copper mining facility by December, after an administrative appeals board last week turned down objections to the project from the Town of Florence and another opponent. The ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency’s EPA Environmental Appeals Board rejected challenges that the in-situ.
GILBERT – The co-owner of a Gilbert deli shop said he doesn’t base his success on the number of customers who walk through his doors – he’s more interested in the number of jobs he can provide. Not Your Typical Deli hires employees diagnosed with autism and other developmental issues. Cashier Cordell Sherwood, who was.
TEMPE – The typical college dorm doesn’t have 3-D printers, laser cutters and Bluetooth-enabled washers and dryers on-site. But the new Tooker House on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus touts the kind of technology and innovation the students living there hope to one day create. The $120 million residential community houses 1,600 ASU students, largely.
WASHINGTON – Despite posting a sharp decrease in its poverty rate over the last two years, Arizona continued to have some of the highest poverty in the nation in 2016, the latest Census numbers show. Arizona’s poverty rate of 16.4 percent was well above the national rate of 14 percent that year, and ranged from.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano thinks there is a deal to be had in the current renegotiation of NAFTA, if the deterioration of relations between the United States and Mexico doesn’t get in the way of finding common goals. Her comments came at a daylong forum at the Washington center for the University.
SCOTTSDALE – What’s the biggest threat to the future of the United States economy? Former White House economic advisor Todd Buchholz said it’s not global warming or the debt – it’s the lack of postsecondary education. “If you don’t have at least a high school education in this globalized economy, you are competing with the.
PHOENIX – Wages in the Phoenix metro area increased more than anywhere else in the United States in the past year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. From July 2016 to this July, hourly wages grew 7.6 percent, according to a release from the city of Phoenix using the latest labor numbers. The.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally were among a bipartisan group of 13 House members invited to the White House to talk about tax reform Wednesday with President Donald Trump. The meeting was the latest of several recent attempts by Trump so far this month to reach across party lines to advance.
SCOTTSDALE – Business owners in Scottsdale horrified by a string of wrong-way collisions in Arizona have developed new technology designed to help motorists stay safe. Nearly 80 people have been injured and 14 people killed in wrong-way crashes this year, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Maria Wojtczak, owner of Driving MBA in Scottsdale,.
PHOENIX — The new Mission Possible Cafe is opening in central Phoenix and is giving its employees the valuable work experience they need. The Phoenix Rescue Mission is expanding its vocational training program by opening the Mission Possible Cafe on Oct. 2. The cafe will be primarily run by program participants in order to give.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new emergency department greets visitors with a plethora of brightly colored art installations – from plastic flowers that seem to blossom out of the ceiling, to framed Warhol-esque animal caricatures that line the hallways. But it’s not necessarily the child-friendly feel of the $65.5 million structure that has its employees.
PHOENIX – Ballets, art exhibits and plays may serve as a pastime for some, but a new report shows arts-related activities contribute much more than personal enjoyment. National nonprofit Americans for the Arts released a report indicating that the arts industry generated more than $400 million and pumped it into Phoenix’s economy in fiscal 2015,.
WASHINGTON – A Hispanic-owned construction company from Sierra Vista won one of four contracts awarded this week to build prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks. KWR Construction Inc. was chosen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build a demonstration section of.
PHOENIX — It’s a blindingly bright Tuesday morning in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row arts district. Despite the lack of people on the sidewalks, it is anything but quiet. The sounds of construction fill the air at the intersection of Third and Roosevelt streets, and a promotional sign for the new Broadstone Roosevelt Apartments, which formerly read.
PHOENIX – Levi Conlow and Nathan Cooper have been “boarding” all their lives — skateboarding, wakeboarding and snowboarding. The pair met at a Minnesota mixer prior to college, but when they reconnected in a dormitory hall at Grand Canyon University, they realized their passion for boarding could make a great business. They launched Lectric Longboards.
WASHINGTON – A group of Arizona restaurant servers will get another day in court to prove their claim that their employers failed to pay them sufficiently for work that should have paid them minimum wage. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision dismissing the servers’.
PHOENIX – One local business leader said if authorities remove all of the state’s DACA recipients from the economy, it would be the equivalent of removing the population of Kingman in northwest Arizona. “These are people who are spending money, working and creating a positive economic impact,” said James Garcia, a spokesman for the Hispanic.
WASHINGTON – Most workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. and three doctors. The suit alleged that they participated in fraudulent practices, which led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug, according to a statement released Thursday. The lawsuit claims the company used fraudulent marketing practices.
PHOENIX – Members of the Chinese community in the Valley say they were caught off guard by the sudden sale of the property where their cultural center is located. Since being built in 1997, the center has been the site of many social and cultural events catering to those of Chinese descent living in Arizona..
WASHINGTON – When Adam Douglas is not senior project manager in the Salt River Project’s Enterprise Applications Group, he is Capt. Adam Douglas of Arizona’s Army National Guard – a juggling act made possible through the SRP’s service member support programs. Those programs spurred Douglas to nominate the Tempe-based utility for the Defense Department’s Employer.
PHOENIX – A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses. Chispa, a Latino advocacy group for the.
WASHINGTON – One day after President Donald Trump’s prediction that the U.S. could “end up terminating NAFTA at some point,” business and political leaders expressed hope Wednesday that negotiations on a new deal will still be allowed to play out. The president’s comments at a rally in Phoenix came just two days after negotiations formally.
WASHINGTON – Per capita income for African Americans in Arizona fell over the last decade, the only racial or ethnic group that did not see an increase for the period 2006 to 2015, according to new data from the Census Bureau. But the news was not all good for the other groups: When adjusted for.
WASHINGTON – They look like ATMs and they work like ATMs – you walk in and feed the machine your cash. Just don’t call them money machines, because these ATMs don’t give back cash, they give back bitcoin credits along with a receipt. ATMs specializing in the cryptocurrency bitcoin are beginning to pop up from.
MESA – Francesca Sutton was excited to move out of her apartment and into her first rental home. She didn’t expect the scorpions. “The first night that we moved in, my son noticed a scorpion in his bedroom, so he called me when I got off from work,” Sutton said. “Then the next day, I.
PHOENIX – Women plan travel and men go along with the plans, according to new marketing research that also shows generational differences among millennial, Gen X and boomer women who travel. “Women are the CVPs of vacation: the chief vacation planners,” said Melissa Luebbe of Meredith Travel Marketing, who presented findings of a 2015 survey.
WASHINGTON – Proposed federal rules that would require mining companies to have cash sufficient to clean up any environmental problems they might cause are “duplicative and unnecessary,” an Arizona environmental official told a House panel Thursday. Bret Parke, deputy director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, told a House Natural Resources subcommittee that the.
PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver confirmed Wednesday that the franchise is actively pursuing options to either renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena or leave its current home altogether. After announcing general manager Ryan McDonough’s contract extension and introducing NBA veteran James Jones as the Suns’ vice president of basketball operations, Sarver addressed the importance.
WASHINGTON – Cuban business owners were in Washington Tuesday with a message for U.S. officials – if you want freedom on the island, trade freely with its people. The merchants were here at the invitation of U.S. lawmakers, including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who met the business owners in Cuba, before President Donald Trump scaled.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration took a major step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the release Monday of a detailed list of objectives for trade talks. The 18-page, bullet-pointed goals call for closing trade deficits, increasing U.S. exports and modernizing the 1994 trade agreement that broke down trade barriers between the.
GLENDALE — In his first public appearance since becoming the sole owner of the Arizona Coyotes, Andrew Barroway insisted that the franchise’s top priority is to find a new, long-term home in Arizona. “We couldn’t be more committed to Arizona and the Valley,” said Barroway, who completed a buyout of the team’s minority owners in.
WASHINGTON – An Arizona organic farmer told lawmakers Thursday that an advisory panel that is supposed to help the Agriculture Department develop standards is instead creating a sense of “uncertainty” in the future of the organic market. Theojary Crisantes Jr. said in testimony for the Senate Agriculture Committee that the National Organic Standards Board has.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that an Arizona furniture company had its trademarks infringed by another company that used its name and its logo to sell identical products – what the court called “slam-dunk evidence” of infringement. Stone Creek sued Omnia Italian Design, which had manufactured leather furniture under license for the.
WASHINGTON – Phoenix resident Elizabeth Medora didn’t know her credit score until a credit card company gave her a credit tracker a few years ago, and even then she didn’t think much about it. But that changed earlier this year when the credit tracker alerted Medora to fraudulent activity on her account from someone trying.
According to the Consumer Federation of America, while more and more people are requesting their credit report, less are fully understanding it. There has been a seven percent increase from 2014 to 2017 in the amount of people claiming to obtain at least one credit score report. Have you asked for your credit report recently?.
PHOENIX – An annual race to support breast-cancer research has run out of steam in Arizona, but other cancer awareness, fundraising and support efforts are expected to stay on the move, advocates say. Susan G. Komen Arizona, the state chapter of the national breast-cancer research and support charity, is shutting down July 31 as funding.
TUCSON – Tucson Electric Power proposes to slice $6 million from energy efficiency programs, a move an Arizona consumer-interest group said would hurt residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The utility is seeking a 26 percent cut from a $23 million budget for two energy conservation programs and is no longer accepting applications for the.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – President Donald Trump’s occasional tough talk on some international trade deals does not appear to have scared off foreign investors at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which Arizona representatives called “probably the best yet.” This year’s summit, which brings companies from around the globe together with government officials and economic organizations.
PHOENIX – U2’s revival of their Joshua Tree tour has a poetic Arizona element. Arizona’s Poet Laureate Alberto Rios’ poem, “The Border: A Double Sonnet”, is projected on screens during the pre-show entertainment for the revival of a tour that began three decades ago in Arizona. Rios, who was in his fifth year of teaching.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told a U.S.-Mexico diplomacy conference Wednesday that maintaining good trade between the countries is important, and he expects the state to have a “seat at the table” in any upcoming trade negotiations. Ducey’s comments, to a conference of business and community leaders from both sides of the border, come.
WASHINGTON – Minimum-wage workers in Arizona would have to work 70 hours a week, almost two full-time jobs, in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental home in 2017, a new report says. The National Low Income Housing Coalition report puts Arizona’s “housing wage” – the hourly rate workers need to earn in a 40-hour.
WASHINGTON – When Vietnam veteran Randall Stankewicz was getting the runaround from his mortgage lender, the Phoenix resident took his complaint the Servicemember Affairs Office in the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – which settled the issue in 10 days. But that office, which has handled more than 1,200 complaints from Arizona vets alone, would.
WASHINGTON – Arizona added a record 15,100 food-service jobs in the first quarter of 2017, despite a voter-mandated Jan. 1 increase in the minimum wage that some analysts believed would cause a reduction in service industry jobs. Opponents of Proposition 206, which raised the minimum wage from $8.05 to $10 an hour, said one quarter’s.
Chances are, you or someone you know craves doughnuts. Tomorrow, June 2, is the day to honor this sweet creation. In 1938, The Salvation Army in Chicago declared the first Friday in June as National Doughnut Day as a way to honor the work of the Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls,” also called the original “Donut.
PHOENIX – Marijuana businesses are growing in Arizona. The medical marijuana industry has seen growth each year since voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana six years ago. Ninety medical marijuana dispensaries were open in Arizona in 2015, compared to three years ago when only three dispensaries were open, according to data from the Arizona.
For many years, a National Park Service preservation program has tried to preserve landmarks and tourist destinations along Route 66. However, federal funding for the program is scheduled to expire in two years unless Congress comes up with an alternate plan. Some of the tourist destinations in Arizona and elsewhere along the route could be.
LITCHFIELD PARK – When you think roses, you might think California. But last year, Arizona exported about 75 percent of the rosebushes in the U.S., local rose grower Tyler Francis said. People may think roses can’t grow in the desert heat, but local horticulturist Noelle Johnson has dedicated her work to finding the variations that.
PHOENIX – Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother worked at the Indian Health Service as a social worker, and aside from a brief desire to be a bird in kindergarten, Wilson knew she wanted to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona business leaders are cautiously optimistic about the tax reforms outlined in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal – but not so optimistic about its chances of passage as currently drafted. The plan calls for cutting the number of income tax brackets from the current seven down to three – with 10.
PHOENIX – It can happen in an instant: You lose your job. You can’t pay your medical bills. You have an accident. For thousands of Arizonans, experts say it’s often one “catastrophic” event that forced them into homelessness. And there’s one growing section of the homeless population that’s especially hard hit – “older” people, generally.
PRESCOTT – When the residents of Paulden want to buy more than just basic groceries, they must drive to the next town over in Chino Valley to find a full-service grocery store. Paulden resident Maria Reyes said she buys her eggs, vegetables and meat at the nearby Prescott Farmers Market, but it helps that she.
PHOENIX – Some Muslims who want to live out their faith in Arizona can have a difficult time finding certain businesses that cater to their needs. Some Muslims choose to live according to two Islamic traditions: wearing a hijab, or head covering for women, and eating halal, referring to meat that is prepared according to.
PHOENIX – Customers can chow down on meals at a discount during Arizona Restaurant Week, getting a chance to sample new cuisine, travel outside their neighborhood and try seasonal food at a bargain. The event offers residents and tourists three-course meals for $33 or $44 per person from more than 140 restaurants in the Phoenix.
WASHINGTON – Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, according to new data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Arizona’s 190 percent increase meant a monthly premium increase of about $400 to a consumer in the state, to.
TUCSON – When Dustbunny first learned about cosplay in high school, she viewed it as just “dress up.” But now, the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident considers herself a semi-professional cosplayer. She served as the special guest for Tucson’s recent Con Nichiwa anime convention, and she travels across the country to serve as a panelist and.
PHOENIX – What does a bug zapper and a brain game have in common? The Flinn Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, recently announced its seven early-stage bioscience award winners. The foundation will provide $30,000 each in funding support and program services to help these companies grow as part of the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program..
WASHINGTON – The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. The fiscal 2018 budget President Donald Trump unveiled Tuesday uses what the administration called “targeted reductions”.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a divorce settlement between a retired member of the military and his ex-wife, the second time in a week it has done so. The action by the justices followed their ruling last Monday in a sister case.
PHOENIX — Usha Jagannathan applied for a full-time community college teaching position year after year for more than a decade. Within 13 years of graduating from her doctoral program in Technology and E-learning from Northcentral University, she worked as many as three jobs at a time. Jagannathan worked in part-time university teaching in Michigan and.
PARKER – The moment you take a sharp right turn off State Route 95 and onto Cienega Springs Road near Parker, there’s no such thing as a pit stop along the 5-mile journey. The bumpy, winding road leads to The Desert Bar, a secluded, booze-friendly landmark that’s been a staple in the area for more.
WASHINGTON – A Western Area Power Administration official told a House subcommittee Thursday that he is committed to transparency at the agency, where audits found as much as $6.8 million in questionable purchases by employees in recent years. Dennis Sullivan, interim chief financial officer for WAPA, was testifying in support of legislation that would require.
PHOENIX – Whether breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, experts say Arizona has become a much easier place to be a vegan or vegetarian. Alan Manuel, who has been vegan for two years, said there are more options in downtown Phoenix. “When me and my girlfriend come downtown, we always find these cool new vegan restaurants,.
PHOENIX – Each day, workers at Abby Lee Farms walk down the aisles – sometimes on stilts – to inspect, prune and hand pick tomatoes on the 3-acre, indoor facility in Phoenix. Each tomato gets physically touched by one of the 12 workers at least once, sometimes two or three times, a week, general manager.
PHOENIX – Tuition. Dorms. Parking. Supplies. The cost of higher education can seem daunting, but one Valley school wants to eliminate a large component of that high cost: textbooks. The price of a textbook can easily reach $300 or more, and College Board puts the average annual cost of books and materials for students at.
WILLIAMS – On a cold night in April just after 10 p.m., the bellow of a train echoes throughout the quiet town of Williams. Four hours later, another train passes. But while the train may be the bane of light sleepers, it is also a reminder of the city’s railroad and cowboy past. A past.
PHOENIX – Jude Garcia spent three and half years behind bars for armed robbery and aggravated assault. He left prison with the clothes he wore when he was incarcerated, $100 and no job. “I applied close to 50 jobs after I was released, but no one would hire me because of my criminal background,” said.
WASHINGTON – Jonathan Cottrell understands that when it comes to available venture capital, the Valley is no Silicon Valley. But he and other entrepreneurs don’t know why that can’t change, and they have started various networking and mentoring efforts in hopes of turning things around. At stake is billions in potential capital funding that is.
WASHINGTON – Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away. But that’s too soon for the Navajo and Hopi, who hold hope that the coal-fired power plant in Page – and its close.
WASHINGTON – The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said. The service’s annual Visitor Spending Effects Report said that spending supported more than 15,000 jobs and generated $1.5 billion in.
PHOENIX — His name is not “John Elway’s son.” It’s “Jack Elway.” Since the first grade, Jack Elway played football. He was surrounded by it his whole life. His father, John, is a Hall of Fame quarterback who won two Super Bowls. His grandfather, the late John Albert “Jack” Elway Sr., was an accomplished college.
“‘No’ is a hard thing to say to people who need help,” Joe Keeper said. As Director of Real Estate Development at Native American Connections, Keeper advocates for affordable housing in Phoenix, and he said he is constantly turning people away who don’t fit the requirements but need assistance affording rent in Phoenix. Development in.
WASHINGTON – Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The latest FBI background check data show that gun sales in Arizona last year peaked at 44,887 in December, before plunging to 31,366 in January. That mirrored national sales, which.
FLORENCE – Arizona’s economy has been built historically on the 5 c’s: cotton, citrus, cattle, climate and copper. The state’s mining industry – Arizona makes up 65 percent of copper production in the United States – employs about 11,000 people and generates thousands of jobs in connected industries. But the industry has been battling permitting.
TUCSON – Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees. The theme remains true. According to a 2016 report from the Arizona Board.
When Vivek Kopparthi graduated from Arizona State University and wanted to start his own tech business, he looked no further than the Valley. Kopparthi’s Scottsdale-based company, Neolight, is developing neonatal phototherapy treatment for babies born with jaundice. When it came to get the company up and running and source talent, he relied on his alma.
PHOENIX – To learn a city’s best dishes, you need a local guide. The Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Restaurant Association recently launched website Expedition Foodie to help out-of-towners plan their culinary adventure in Arizona. The groups are collecting information about Arizona chefs and restaurants to feature on the website. Both organizations hope.
WASHINGTON – Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of “interested vendors” for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project “shameful” and “wrong.” Even though the contracts could be worth billions – estimates range from $21.6 billion to as much as $70 billion.
PHOENIX – Doctors diagnosed Michelle Moore-Fanger with aggressive breast cancer in 2008. She was 40, had three kids, a full-time job and faced a year of chemotherapy. Three weeks in, they had to rush her son to the hospital. Once there, doctors diagnosed him as diabetic. Moore-Fanger couldn’t visit him because she was too sick.
TUCSON – After her owner straps on her metal paw, Terra bounds toward a green and yellow squeaky ball. The 4-year-old Siberian husky mix uses the prosthetic to help her move effortlessly on concrete, rocks and other hard surfaces. Terra is one of the growing number of canines that have improved their mobility with the.
PHOENIX – Gas prices in Arizona are expected to rise this summer as the travel season gets underway but most drivers will keep heading down the road anyway, according to AAA Arizona. Motorists said they would change other habits to compensate for gas prices that may reach $2.77 a gallon, a AAA spokeswoman said. An.
WASHINGTON – After accounts are settled Tuesday with Uncle Sam, the typical Arizonan will have sent $11,264 to the federal government, about 20 percent below the national average of $14,051, according to an economic policy think tank. The National Priorities Project’s breakdown of state spending on federal taxes also said that more than half the.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans have until Tuesday to claim close to $25 million in tax refunds left on the table from the 2013 tax season, part of more than $1 billion nationally in unclaimed refunds from that year. Those estimates came in a March report from the Internal Revenue Service, which is encouraging taxpayers to come.
SALT RIVER CANYON – Every spring, the Upper Salt River draws whitewater rafting enthusiasts to eastern Arizona. Tour guides start setting up camp north of Globe in February. But a successful season depends on Mother Nature. Several tour guides said they expect this year’s season to be busy since the water conditions are better than.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other officials on Thursday broke ground on the construction of downtown’s first grocery store. City officials have made bringing a grocery store to the downtown area a priority for years. Experts predict downtown’s population growth will continue as developers build more housing, making such a store more viable..
PHOENIX – When the marijuana industry started exploding, Kenneth Berke noticed a problem: Dispensaries and growers had to deal exclusively in cash. Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, banks typically won’t deal with these businesses, even if they’re legitimate. So Berke, who had worked as a lawyer for decades, launched California-based PayQwick, what he.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans have filed 439 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about medical debt collectors since the bureau started tracking complaints in 2013, the 11th-highest rate in the nation, according to a new report. The report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said the almost 18,000 medical-debt collection complaints submitted.
PHOENIX – Corey duBrowa, a senior vice president at Starbucks, said Monday that the Seattle-based company may “blow past” its goal of helping 25,000 employees get degrees by 2025. DuBrowa, who visited Arizona State University’s downtown campus on Monday for a speaking event at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said employees.
CAMP VERDE – Zach Hauser hopes that part of his family-owned property will remain a farm “forever.” Hauser and his dad have applied for conservation easements for much of their property. This sets restrictions on the land, essentially making it only usable for farming purposes. “My kids’ kids’ kids down the line, they can’t sell.
SEDONA – Residents of a Sedona neighborhood are concerned their red rock oasis may soon get an unwelcome intruder: a 1.5 million gallon water tank. The proposed tank would be built on a corner lot near State Route 179 and West Mallard Drive in Mystic Hills, a community of high-end homes. Supporters of the tank.
NOGALES — Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border. Officials from Sonora and Arizona say binational water cooperation is essential to their survival and growth. Both also acknowledge the relationship related to water.
WASHINGTON – Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs. Arizona’s 7,310 solar-related jobs put it seventh-most among states last year, according to the Solar Foundation’s 2016 National.
WASHINGTON – Michele Leber, 78, has been fighting to close the gender pay gap since the early 1970s, but new numbers released on the eve of Equal Pay Day show that she may still have her work cut out for her. The numbers Monday from the National Partnership for Women and Families show that women.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton reflects on the city’s three-year streak for hosting mega sporting events like the 2015 Super Bowl, the 2016 College Football Championship and this year’s Final Four in an interview with Cronkite New’s Jake Garcia. Stanton says he expects Phoenix to not only continue hosting major sporting events but also.
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PHOENIX – Doctors diagnosed Greggory Ohannessian with autism, a disorder characterized by challenges with speech and social skills, when he was 6 years old. Throughout his teen years, aids assisted him in school. In college, his sister helped him with social cues in the classroom. Now, he’s a motivational speaker. He served as the keynote.
WASHINGTON – Loan guaranty companies hailed an Education Department directive that will let them again begin charging collection fees to students who default on a specific category of loan, a practice prohibited under the Obama administration. But while they called the change a restoration of their rights, they also tried to assure anxious students that.
NOGALES — Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but a local food bank is approaching them all head-on. The Borderlands Food Bank collects produce from Mexico, all of which is either excess produce for distributors or “ugly” produce that grocery stores won’t put on their.
WASHINGTON – Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending. That’s why Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Mike Enzi of Wyoming reintroduced legislation Wednesday to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, part of a package of currency reforms that could save at.
WASHINGTON – Tribal leaders called on Congress Wednesday to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown and others told a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee that the Tribal.
SCOTTSDALE – Cable network HGTV has decked out a Scottsdale home with new technology that will allow the homeowner to lock the door, raise window shades and control their showers from a smartphone or tablet. Experts say this type of technology will become common in homes. The network, which airs programs on home design and.
PHOENIX – Imagine tens of thousands of people gathering at a park in the heart of Phoenix for a three-day, multi-stage music festival along the likes of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Outside Lands Music Festival. Event organizers and city officials plan to do just that with the Lost Lake Festival at Steele.
PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix has taken major steps toward increasing its economic relationship with Mexico with the opening of a trade office in Hermosillo, Sonora, and the signing of memorandums of understanding with Hermosillo and the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa. The trade office in Hermosillo, which began operations in August but opened officially.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s executive order rolling back at least a half-dozen Obama-era climate policies will not save coal jobs as the president claims, but it will definitely harm the environment, critics said Tuesday. The president, surrounded by a group of miners in an Environmental Protection Agency auditorium, signed the order calling for a.
WASHINGTON – The tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, which means tax scams are in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service warns. Scammers who claim to be affiliated with the IRS will call potential victims and try to frighten them into paying non-existent tax debts over the phone – something the IRS would.
GLENDALE — The confidence Glendale and Phoenix officials have in security measures for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four stems from success protecting other major events, including the College Football Playoff and two Super Bowls. Officials at a security briefing Monday said the four-day event is similar to the Super Bowl and its many days.
PHOENIX – Michelle Thomas, the founder of nonprofit Mocha Princess, said there’s a black-owned business out there “for anything you need.” Thomas, who also wrote a Marcus Garvey Activity Book, plans to participate in the Black Owned Business Expo this weekend in Phoenix to help spread that message. Ireya Thomas-Hawkins put together the expo with.
PHOENIX – An app that tracks a garbage truck’s route in real time and bins that help users better separate trash from recyclables are among potential inventions vying for a $20,000 trash award. Cisco IoT Technologies and the Arizona Institute for Digital Progress are collaborating with the city on a contest asking inventors to find.
TUCSON – The University of Arizona has partnered with a private manufacturing firm to create a more eco-friendly version of concrete. Abraham Jalbout, CEO of Metoxs and Acrete, first approached Tech Launch at the University of Arizona with an idea to use leftovers from mining and coal plants for practical construction purposes. “Abe came to.
MESA – How can you get from Phoenix to San Diego in less than 45 minutes safely? By jumping into a pod that levitates and travels through a tube at 750 miles per hour, of course. It’s called a Hyperloop system, and more than 100 Arizona students have worked for months to bring the concept.
PHOENIX – Beneficial Beans inside the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix offers more than coffee. It offers adults with autism the chance to learn employment skills through an internship program. “Adults with autism who need employment skills come to us,” said Kate Thoene, social enterprise director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center..
PHOENIX – Female-owned businesses generate more than $1.6 trillion nationwide a year, according to American Express Open. Entrepreneur Felena Hanson would like to see women in Arizona add to that. Hanson, the founder and owner of women-centric coworking space Hera Hub, plans to open in the Phoenix area this year. “My goal for Hera Hub.
WASHINGTON – Arizona added 54,700 jobs from January 2016 to January 2017, a 2 percent increase that put it near the top of states for job growth, according to a jobs report released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Experts point to traditional factors, like the state’s steady population growth and its low-tax,.
PHOENIX – Tempers flared at Wednesday’s public hearing over a proposed rate hike for Arizona Public Service customers. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, held the hearing in preparation for a vote in the coming months. The proposed hike would raise monthly bills by about $6 a month for a typical user. APS serves.
PHOENIX – Phoenix officials on Wednesday opened a new program to help low-income residents gain the skills they need to secure higher-paying jobs. Improving Work Opportunities and Resident Knowledge, iWORK, was one of 24 programs nationwide to receive a $2 million grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program, located in.
WASHINGTON – The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs to begin mining in the U.S., a company official testified Tuesday. Nigel Steward, managing director of copper and diamonds for Rio Tinto, the multinational mining company developing.
PHOENIX – Older women are increasingly staying in the workforce, with a 35 percent increase in the number of Arizona women ages 65 and older working past retirement age, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. Doug Walls, research administrator at the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, said delayed retirement has been the trend. “In.
TEMPE – A chrome mannequin greets visitors entering a plain, red-brick building. The click of a sewing machine echoes in the warehouse as one worker hunches over a strip of cloth. Workers glide a steam iron over fabric. The Arizona Apparel Foundation, a startup for beginning designers, provides co-working space far removed from the fashion.
WASHINGTON – When John and Sandra Howell divorced in 1991, they decided Mrs. Howell would get half of her ex-husband’s Air Force pension. That lasted until 2005, when Mr. Howell gave up a cut of his retirement to qualify for disability pay, costing Mrs. Howell a significant portion of her monthly income in the process.
PHOENIX – More than half a million Arizonans rely on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for their health insurance. But as the debate for replacing the law rages on in Washington, some of these Arizonans are left feeling uncertain about the future of their care. “It’s meant a huge amount to me primarily because.
WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit Arizona consumers in the long run. The new rate is still low, they said, and should offer consumers more variability in areas such as.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix is getting a multi-million dollar facelift. “This marks the start of a multi-million dollar refresh project that will transform the way Arizona Center looks and feels and also the way it welcomes residents, students, employees and visitors to our downtown,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who drove.
PHOENIX – A Republican senator from Lake Havasu City sees economic opportunity in industrial hemp and wants to bring Arizona into the fold. Sen. Sonny Borrelli has sponsored a bill to establish the framework for an industrial hemp industry in Arizona. If passed, Senate Bill 1337 would legalize the cultivation, distribution and sale of industrial.
PHOENIX – You might have to pay about $80 more on car insurance next year if a bill working its way through the state Legislature passes. “It’s a tax on poor people,” said Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa. But the benefits “by far” outweigh the costs, said Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix. Senate Bill 1111, introduced.
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MESA – A horse prances around an open field in the East Valley, ready to give birth. But Cheyenne and her foal have a larger role to play in equine medicine: The birth will provide regenerative materials and stem cells that could help other animals recover from injuries. AniCell Biotech, a Chandler-based startup, collects the.
PHOENIX – A Hispanic-focused software company beat out nine other local startups on Wednesday to win a $50,000 investment in the first Street Pitch event as part of PHX Startup Week. The competition shut down a portion of Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. OYE! Business Intelligence, a software company that focuses on Hispanic customer conversations,.
GILBERT – The apartments at Vistara at San Tan Village look like many other “luxury” units available in the Valley with its granite countertops and walk-in closets. But step inside one of the Gilbert complex’s apartments, and you can control the thermostat, turn on the lights, lock the door and blast music with the press.
WASHINGTON – Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the local economy, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions. To replace the 800 jobs that would be lost at the plant and the.
MESA – Most schools would warn students away from lasers and saws, but officials encourage the students on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa to use them. The campus serves as the Southwest’s largest 3-D printing research facility: The Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. This workspace is open for students to do anything.
PHOENIX – PHX Startup Week launched three years ago. That first week, they had about 2,500 attendees. The next year, they doubled it. And this year, organizers expect 10,000 people to attend the free seminars, events and speakers for the local entrepreneurial community. PHX Startup Week kicks off Monday and runs through Friday. “Startup Week.
PHOENIX – Arizona voters in November rejected the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, but a local group wants to take another run at the effort. Safer Arizona, a political action committee, filed an initiative Thursday with the Secretary of State’s office to get the issue on the November 2018 ballot. The.
WASHINGTON – The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices, but closing it would mean.
WASHINGTON – Ray Zuckerman felt some relief when President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership – and some reservations. Relief because he felt the multination trade pact was rushed through with little oversight, but reservations because Zuckerman, a Phoenix business owner who does a brisk international.
GLENDALE – There’s an aqua house tucked away in a residential neighborhood just off Bell Road in Glendale. It looks much like all the other homes in the neighborhood. But step behind the gates, and you’ll find rows and rows of tanks and a barn that collectively hold 20,000 gallons of water and about 15,000.
WASHINGTON – Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a project that is expected to create as many as 10,000 jobs in Arizona. The project has been planned for years and it will take another.
PHOENIX – A new report from an Arizona State University professor predicts that repealing “Obamacare” could cut Arizona jobs and send the state into a “health care recession.” Lee McPheters, a research professor of economics, discussed the findings of his January study in a conference call Wednesday. Since 1995, one out of every five new.
PHOENIX – Microblading, an eyebrow-shaping trend popping up on social media feeds, isn’t regulated and may come with health risks, according to experts. “Generally, microblading is small incisions into the skin, implanting pigment under the skin in the upper dermal layer,” said Adele LaVoie, a licensed aesthetician and owner of French Method Salon in Phoenix..
WASHINGTON – With record-low natural gas prices continuing to undercut coal, owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page could decide this spring whether they can afford to keep operating the plant or have to shut it down. A shutdown would be at least two years off, but it would mean the loss of.
PHOENIX – Arizona has shown job growth in a majority of its employment areas in the past year, which experts hope will continue through 2017. The Office of Economic Opportunity’s latest jobs report indicated six of the 11 employment sectors gained jobs over the year. Nonfarm employment gained about 32,000 jobs over the year, according.
PEORIA – Paradise Valley neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin believes she’s found a new way to help people deal with stress and anxiety. Serin created a small device named Buzzies that you can wear on your wrists or in your pockets. Buzzies send signals to the brain and these signals help change the way information is.
PHOENIX – A recent state audit found the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, which helps thousands of people with physical or mental disabilities prepare for and find work, spends significantly more per person on average than similar programs in other states – about 2.5 times the amount. And, the audit says, Arizona isn’t as successful with.
TEMPE — Ever since Ray Anderson arrived at Arizona State University in 2014 as athletics director, the athletic department has taken significant strides toward a goal Anderson shared with Cronkite News in July. “We’re adamant that this should be an Olympic training ground for all the sports,” Anderson said at the time. As examples, look.
MESA – Jim Boyle’s family history is intertwined with Arizona dairy. His grandfather had 50 cows. His dad had 500. And now the Boyle family has 6,000 at three dairies. Boyle said the family business grew organically along with Phoenix’s population, and they now have two dairies in Mesa and one in Casa Grande. His.
PHOENIX – Visiting from Denmark, Gitee Sorensen and Gitte Ottosen came to Phoenix for an international craft and hobby trade show, but the pair extended their trip a few extra days to have a mini vacation. They made the most of their time, hitting hotspots such as Tombstone, Tucson, Apache Trail and Camelback Mountain. They.
The Arizona Restaurant Association is partnering with the Arizona Office of Tourism to develop a website to highlight great foodie hotspots for tourists and residents. Top foodie destinations generally offer up something unique. For example, New Orleans has famous creole cuisine, and New York has award-winning chefs. What would make Arizona special? Cronkite News wants.
SCOTTSDALE – Barrett-Jackson, the self-dubbed “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction,” wrapped last weekend in Scottsdale, raking in more than $100 million in sales, according to the company. Now that the tents are packed up and Justin Bieber left the state, what happens to the thousands of collectible and vintage cars that flocked to the Valley?.
PHOENIX – Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick on Tuesday stressed the importance of a college degree in obtaining a well-paying job – the types of jobs that it takes to stimulate the economy. But the state lags behind educational achievement. “Arizona needs a prepared workforce,”.
WASHINGTON – A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its Arizona investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. For California-based Vasari Energy it was a smart business move to bolster the company’s.
WASHINGTON – Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive. Even if President-elect Donald Trump can work with Congress to fulfill campaign pledges, he likely will.
WASHINGTON – More than 100,000 people rushed to sign up for Obamacare on the day after the election, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office – or perhaps because of it. But health policy experts say that whatever Trump and the Republican Congress do.
CHANDLER — When John Chung opened his first restaurant, Gogi, in Chandler, only 10 percent of his customers were American. He was primarily focused on Korean consumers. But that is no longer the case. “Now our main customers are Americans and Chinese. Families, friends and companies of all different groups now come to eat their.
On June 22, 2010, during President Obama’s second year in office, his administration unveiled a plan to end specific types of homelessness in the United States, with an initiative called “Opening Doors.” One of the main goals of the plan was to end homelessness for the nation’s military veterans by 2015. That plan has not.
WASHINGTON – A federal judge Tuesday halted an Obama administration rule on overtime pay that could have made as many as 90,000 workers in Arizona eligible for time-and-a-half pay had it been allowed to take effect next week. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant agreed with 21 states, including Arizona, and scores of business groups who.
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WASHINGTON – Personal income grew 3 percent last year in Arizona, mirroring a national increase of 3.7 percent that year as the nation continued to rebound from the recession, new government data shows. The report last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis said average income in the state grew to $39,156 – compared to.
GLENDALE – Seventeen months after Glendale voided its 15-year lease with the Arizona Coyotes, the NHL club announced plans Monday to move to a new arena in Tempe in time for the opening of the 2019-2020 season. “Someone once told me there will be a silver lining (to the voiding of the lease),” Coyotes president.
PHOENIX – Supporters of Proposition 206, the measure to raise the minimum wage, gathered alongside a crowd of about 300 gathered at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Tuesday night and cheered as early election results appeared on the screen. The measure, which will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage and require businesses to offer.
PHOENIX – No matter who wins Wednesday’s climactic Game 7 of the World Series between the long-suffering Cleveland Indians and longer-suffering Chicago Cubs, Arizona wins. Both teams’ spring training headquarters are in the Valley – the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa and the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark, which they share with the Cincinnati Reds..
GLENDALE – Five years ago, a Glendale tattoo artist and mother of three sat down at her sewing machine with an urge to fulfill a creative need. K-Ta Buathier ended up making her first voodoo doll, which eventually led to launching a business. “I call them ‘unique dolls for unique people,’” Buathier said inside the.
WASHINGTON – A federal judge in California gave final approval Tuesday to a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen, clearing the way for up to 10,000 motorists in Arizona to file a claim to their share of the funds. The deal settles government charges that the automaker installed “defeat devices,” software designed to make the cars.
WASHINGTON – Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers. A Monday report by the Department of Health and Human Services said a 27-year-old Arizona.
PHOENIX – When Jed Woods and some fellow students from Grand Canyon University tried to find storage options for their stuff when they weren’t in school, they weren’t impressed with their options. There must be an easier and cheaper way to do it, said Woods, a 20-year old business administration major. So the group developed.
SCOTTSDALE – Tim Tebow leans against the backstop netting at Scottsdale Stadium, fielding questions from reporters. As a former pro quarterback, he knows the drill. Tebow has always been a lightning rod. He won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship at Florida. He spent time in the NFL, once leading the Denver Broncos to.
PHOENIX – When Becky Vining moved into her home near Grand and 15th avenues, she wasn’t looking for upscale accommodations. She just wanted a place where she and her husband could paint and play music without neighbors calling the police on them. “Art matters,” Vining said. “Art is a major part of our lives. It.
PHOENIX – A recent poll shows that a strong majority of Arizona voters support Proposition 206, a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. However, some local economists have expressed doubts about whether the measure would actually help low-wage workers climb out of poverty and some fear it may.
WASHINGTON – Environmental advocates are challenging Arizona and states across the Southwest to use funds from a potential Volkswagen lawsuit settlement to invest in electric-vehicle charging stations and to electrify public transit. The states stand to share in a $2.7 billion fund Volkswagen is expected to pay as part of a $14.7 billion deal to.
WASHINGTON – The state of Arizona could get up to $53 million for clean-air programs as part of a $14.7 billion settlement of a U.S. government lawsuit that charged Volkswagen rigged its “clean diesel” vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. People who bought or leased those vehicles – as many as 10,000 of them in.
PHOENIX – October in Phoenix means two things: a reprieve from the blazing heat of summer and Halloween. Gone are the days of sheets with holes in them and vintage plastic masks and smocks. Halloween is growing: The costumes are more involved. The haunted houses are scarier. The decorations are more elaborate. The parties are.
TONOPAH – Officials from the U.S. Navy, federal government and a power company gathered in the middle of the desert plains just outside of Tonopah last week. But they weren’t there to talk about the massive Palo Verde nuclear plant, the largest power producer in the country. Instead, these officials stood in front of solar.
PHOENIX – Sydney Cox crouches on the ground, hugging her knees, her eyes squeezed shut as a monster looms over her. The monster revs its chainsaw. In those few seconds, Cox’s brain is hard at work. Her amygdala, the brain’s center for emotions, sends signals to her body, putting her brain on alert and increasing.
WASHINGTON – Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday. While Latinos were among the hardest hit by the 2008 financial crisis, the officials said, they have seen their jobless rate cut.
PHOENIX – When venture capitalists think about technology, they often focus most of their attention on three states: California, New York and Massachusetts. In 2015, 75 percent of venture capital went to these three states, according to a city of Phoenix news release. To help spread that wealth, tech mogul and co-founder of AOL Steve.
PHOENIX – When you imagine what class at Phoenix Coding Academy might look like, maybe you think of students staring at endless rows of characters and symbols on computer screens. And sure, sometimes that happens. But you’re just as likely to find students hunched over their desks with colored pencils and markers in their hands..
WASHINGTON – Federal officials unveiled new regulations Wednesday aimed at protecting users of prepaid cards, a booming financial sector that is expected to be worth as much as $112 billion by 2018. The cards – ranging from gift cards to reloadable payment cards to mobile and online banking – are convenient but have also led.
PHOENIX – When people used to ask Lilach Power about her profession, she would tell them she owns a wellness center in Phoenix. Now, she’s far more open about what she does. “Now I say, ‘I operate a medical cannabis facility,’” said Power, the managing director of Giving Tree Wellness Center. Power’s candidness about her.
GILBERT – We have all had our fair share of horrible experiences with customer service. One Arizona company has implemented a method its founders believe helps combat those negative interactions – and it starts before managers even hire their employees. Rocky Mountain Restoration, a Gilbert-based company that helps repair damage from events like storms and.
PHOENIX – Berni Reina and his wife were simultaneously laid off in 2013. The Avondale residents had no steady income and had to provide for their family, so the two began to look for work. After one unsuccessful interview at a coffee shop, Reina decided to take matters into his own hands. “My wife and.
PHOENIX – Consumers nationwide have submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about short-term consumer loans they believed were unfair, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The complaints were submitted over the past two and a half years. The analysis proves there’s still a “major problem”.
PHOENIX – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced Wednesday that it will remain in the Pinal County Affordable Care Act health exchange. Pinal County had faced the possibility of becoming the only U.S. county without an “Obamacare” option in 2017. Blue Cross Blue Shield had planned to pull out of the county at the.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University has launched a new program to provide students with business experience outside of the classroom. The private Christian university has created multiple businesses run by graduates as well as some current students. These include three companies based mainly on the school’s west Phoenix campus. Grand Canyon Beverage Co. sells coffee,.
WASHINGTON – The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report this week by a Washington think tank. The Economic Policy Institute said women were on the low end of that range in.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign. Despite the gap, experts said there is still time for the numbers to rebound with just 10 weeks.
WASHINGTON – Kelly Thornton, a Prescott yoga teacher and Democratic delegate for Bernie Sanders, said she “choked” when she saw the estimated $4,000 price tag to go to the party’s national convention. But with neither the Republican nor Democratic parties financing their delegates’ convention trips, Thornton and those like her in both parties had to.
WASHINGTON – Nearly two years after the completion of a $250 million expansion that was supposed to speed traffic through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, some say the project has yet to live up to its promise. The expansion added four commercial inspection lanes and eight private-vehicle inspection lanes, and modernized secondary inspection.
WASHINGTON – Mexican officials told a Washington audience Monday that there must be a strong trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in what they called a “challenging time” for the bond between the two nations. Mexican Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa said the importance of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The report said the state’s gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent to reach $294.2 billion in 2015, but that was half the 1.8 percent rate of.
WASHINGTON – They came from the state and from several cities, but business leaders at an event here this week had a common goal – convincing foreign business owners that Arizona is the right place for them. Officials from the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Salt River Project and the cities.
PHOENIX – Veterans returning from war can struggle to find jobs or be comfortable in a workplace far different than the military, but a veterans group is trying to ease the way. Combat and other veterans often feel misunderstood, said Staff Sgt. Lisa Cimino of the Arizona Air National Guard. They may feel “their skills.
WASHINGTON – America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade. Flake, the keynote speaker at the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute’s “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference, said the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and.
PHOENIX — Six years. $54.5 million. $14 million signing bonus. That contract, which brought Yasmany Tomás to the Arizona Diamondbacks from Cuba in 2014, was the second-largest contract given to a Cuban player by a major league organization, according to Baseball Prospectus. Only Rusney Castillo’s 2013 contract for $72.5 million over seven years with the.
PHOENIX – Smoke-free apartments are trending in Arizona. Take apartment manager Bryan Fasulo. He oversees 12 apartment complexes in the Phoenix metro area. Two of them are smoke free — no smoking inside an apartment, in the hallways, community rooms, or lobby. Yup. Nowhere with a ceiling. Smoker Michael Skarsten is totally down with that..
PHOENIX — Twenty seasons. Many doubted the WNBA would be around that long when the women’s professional basketball league began play in 1997. “In the beginning, a lot of people didn’t take women’s basketball seriously,” Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner said. “They thought it was a joke.” But the league’s early stars gave it credibility,.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials unveiled new restrictions on payday lenders Thursday that aim to help low-income borrowers avoid the “debt traps” of readily available, high-interest loans that critics say prey on minority communities. The 1,334-page proposed rule released by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau would force lenders to make sure customers can pay back a.
PHOENIX – Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur. She runs the business collaborative Co+Hoots, where owners of small businesses, from tea suppliers to software design, share space, ideas and conversation. She created Eeko Studio, a graphic design and marketing agency that recently worked on the branding concept for the Grid Bikes bike sharing program in.
TEMPE – For nearly 50 years, Arizona State University students have stopped at a Tempe bookstore to pick up school supplies. But the decades-long tradition will soon come to an end. The Student Book Center will shut down on May 31, mourned by current and longtime customers. “This is actually the first place me and.
TEMPE – Tempe council members are trying to shrink the pay gap between men and women by encouraging business owners to tout their equal pay practices. Council members Lauren Kuby, David Schapira and Robin Arredondo-Savage are creating a program to name Equal Pay Business Partners. It’s needed, Kuby said. Women still make less than men.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team has won three of the seven FIFA world cups. It has taken home the Olympic gold all but once since 1996. It is the No. 1 team in the world, according to FIFA. The men’s team, on the other hand, hasn’t won either competition and doesn’t rank in FIFA’s.
PHOENIX – Several new apartments are being built in and around Downtown Phoenix. Many of these apartments include amenities built exclusively for students and most of them are located within walking distance of the downtown Arizona State University campus. These will be available to rent just around the time the new law school will be.
PHOENIX – Late on a Sunday morning, Lola Coffee Bar can expect an eclectic group of people, from college students gathering to gossip, to businessmen meeting to discuss the week ahead, to dedicated readers with books open on their laps. The dining area is small, with several community-style tables that brings all of these different.
Four major professional sports teams. Four professional sports venues. Nine different names. Phoenix is one of 13 metropolitan areas across the U.S. that is home to a team from each of the four major professional sports leagues. But thanks to corporate consolidation, increasing scrutiny on the return on sports marketing and a narrow market for.
In its short, 20-year life, Atlanta’s Turner Field played host to one of the highest attended playoff games of all time when more than 54,000 fans crowded in to watch the Atlanta Braves play the Chicago Cubs in 2003. Eight years later, it hosted the tenth longest Major League Baseball game in the last 100.
Once known as “The Madhouse on McDowell” when it shook during Phoenix Suns games, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum leads a quieter existence these days without a professional sports franchise. Today, it plays host to concerts, roller derby, gun and boat shows, cheerleading competitions and other events. National and international recording artists often use the facility.
Arizona’s professional sports teams have wandering eyes. Three of the state’s four major clubs – the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks – want to move into new, swankier venues, and all three are getting antsy. The Suns have told the city they will seek a new home when their lease at downtown’s Talking.
Once in danger of demolition, a housing project in south Phoenix is getting a new lease on life with a $44 million renovation. The Coffelt-Lamoreaux Housing Project south of Buckeye Road, once build for Korean War veterans, now houses many low-income individuals and families in the Phoenix area. “Most of the affordable housing we’re able.
When you arrive to the doctor’s office, chances are that you’re about to wait. And wait. And wait some more. A survey from Sequence, a design and development firm that has offices in New York and San Francisco, indicated that waiting at doctors’ offices is the main cause of stress for patients – and sometimes.
When a marketing team proposed the name “Altis” to John Godina for the sports-training business he founded, it had a familiar ring to him. Altis was a sacred site in ancient Greece, near the location of the first Olympics. Godina said his marketing people didn’t know that until they researched it later, but it was.
CAVE CREEK – A calf breaks from the chute, and is dragged down in a cowboy’s lariat. A steer wrestler slides from his horse at full gallop, grabs a steer by the horns and wrenches it onto its back. A bull leaps from the chute determined to shake a rider who is just as determined.
SCOTTSDALE – In addition to the presidential election, Arizona may have another important decision to make on the ballot come November. This one might set a new minimum wage for the state. Two organizations have launched efforts to bring the issue to the ballot, although they differ in their approaches. Living United for Change in.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Electric Power Cooperative CEO Patrick Ledger told a House panel Wednesday that federal power administrations are keeping local utilities in the dark when it comes to what’s in their bill. Ledger was testifying in support of Rep. Paul Gosar’s bill that would require power marketing administrations to include costs associated with fish.
Confetti fell and the crowd cheered as a champion was crowned at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. No, the applause and hoopla wasn’t aimed at the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks or the MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC, the two teams who normally occupy the stadium. Instead, the cause for celebration centered on six students from Arizona State.
The creator of a Tempe-based company believes he has unlocked the secret to helping local businesses get customers through the door. In January, Railway Technologies launched Railway Search (soon to be Railway Loop), an app that allows customers to search for products and shows them where they can find them. It also provides digital coupons.
WASHINGTON – The number of taxpayers the IRS referred for criminal prosecutions fell last year to the lowest levels of the Obama administration, and the agency said it expects numbers will continue to drop in coming years. Data compiled by TRAC, a Syracuse University-based database of federal records, showed that the rate of criminal referrals.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Tuesday announced his commitment not only to keep the Phoenix Suns in downtown, but to bring the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes to the city – without raising any new taxes. As an exclamation point at the end of his State of the City address at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel in.
Maricopa County said the Diamondbacks “have almost total responsibility for the maintenance, operation, and repair of Chase Field,” and the agreements between the team and the county “do not establish any contractual requirement to provide the Team a ‘state-of-the-art’ stadium,” according to two letters provided to Cronkite News by the county. An April 11 letter.
Arizona could see an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries after the Arizona Department of Health Services opens up applications this summer. It’s the first time the department will allow new dispensaries since it issued the first licenses in 2012. And consumers may see more crop up in urban areas. Tom Salow, the branch chief in.
WASHINGTON – Lower taxes, fewer regulations and right-to-work laws helped push Arizona toward the top of a report this week ranking states on their economic outlook. The annual “Rich States, Poor States” study, released Tuesday by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, put Arizona in fifth place for the second year in a row in.