The Christmas tree shortage of 2017 traces back to recession in 2007

PHOENIX — Arizona’s current Christmas tree shortage began 10 years ago when the recession hit.


Vendors hope new market in South Phoenix brings business, sense of pride to area

PHOENIX - Selling jewelry, clothing and food wasn’t the only idea behind La Luna Markets.


Advocates worry FCC changes to Lifeline could hit Indian Country hard

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.

Good Book gets good look in town where The Word is usually political

WASHINGTON - The Washington monument that Mark Singer and Kim Bongiorno came to see wasn’t old and it wasn’t on the National Mall and it wasn’t dedicated – strictly – to U.S. history. But don’t tell the Scottsdale couple that it wasn’t worth the trip.

Small businesses plan for long weekend of shopping

PHOENIX - Lauren Booth, merchandiser for Bunky Boutique, sits at the little wooden register in the corner of the downtown Phoenix store, stamping cards in preparation for the busy weekend to come.

For political pros, keeping Thanksgiving civil is a political art itself

WASHINGTON - Three things are likely to ruin an otherwise good Thanksgiving: too much alcohol, too-dry stuffing and talking politics at the dinner table. But how do you navigate the holiday when talking about politics is not just a hobby, but your career?

Health leaders to offer opioid education to student-athletes across Arizona

PHOENIX — Arizona health professionals have educated 4,000 students on the effects of opioid abuse and plan to expand the program to student-athletes statewide by January.


In Focus, Season 2 Episode 5: Miss DJ MJ

Miss DJ MJ is a local Arizona DJ who doubles as a financial advisor. She has played around the country for popular clubs, private events and for major celebrities. While she continues playing for celebrities and events, Miss DJ MJ also helps people with their financial needs.

Suicide survivor shares story of grief, healing

PHOENIX — On May 2, 2015, Zach Giron died by suicide. Since then, his mother Gina Gillis has struggled to grieve for her 26-year-old son, asking questions that have no answers.

Phoenix neighborhood grant provides low-cost access to Grid Bikes

PHOENIX – The city is bringing a bike share program to a central Phoenix neighborhood at a fraction of the usual cost, teaching about safety and providing exercise options to residents who wouldn’t be able to afford the program.

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Backers hope Route 66 ‘historic trail’ designation can drive tourism

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown.

Tell us: How did the Great Recession affect you?

It was nearly 10 years ago — December 2007 — that the National Bureau of Economic Research marks as the start of a deep recession the United States, what is often called the Great Recession.