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

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.

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

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 actually hurt the economy.

VW settlement of emissions case could mean millions for Arizona

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.

Why we love a good scare

PHOENIX - Sydney Cox crouches on the ground, hugging her knees, her eyes squeezed shut as a monster looms over her.