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CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

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.


Gilbert company tests job candidates’ empathy to improve customer service

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

PHOENIX – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced Wednesday that it will remain in the Pinal County Affordable Care Act health exchange.

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Officials: Grand Canyon University businesses may revitalize Phoenix neighborhood

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University has launched a new program to provide students with business experience outside of the classroom.


Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

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.