Officials break ground on downtown Phoenix’s first grocery store

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other officials on Thursday broke ground on the construction of downtown’s first grocery store.

Cannabis Business Expo in Phoenix highlights ‘sophistication’ of growing industry

PHOENIX – When the marijuana industry started exploding, Kenneth Berke noticed a problem: Dispensaries and growers had to deal exclusively in cash.

Unwelcome house calls: Arizonans complain about medical debt collectors

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.

Starbucks VP: ASU tuition program ‘great’ for business, employees and country

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.

National campaign to restore water ecosystems helps fund projects in Verde Valley

CAMP VERDE – Zach Hauser hopes that part of his family-owned property will remain a farm “forever.”

Red rocks, a water tank and angry neighbors: controversy flows in Sedona

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.

Water cooperation across U.S.-Mexico border essential, complex

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.

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

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.

Report: Arizona women earn 83 percent of what men earn; U.S. gap wider

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.

Hollow Holiday

Stanton talks Phoenix hosting mega events and more in full interview

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.

Minimum wage workers: Share your insight

This year, the state of Arizona increased the minimum wage to $10 an hour from $8.05 an hour. Do you make minimum wage? Has the minimum wage increase this year impacted your life? Cronkite News is working on a story about workers who make minimum wage, and we want to hear your experiences.

American Indian Disability Summit connects youth and unemployed with services, training

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.