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Experts: Holiday spending off to strong start, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to full-time jobs

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.

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Arizona residents, Trump take competing tax plan appeals to Capitol

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.


Scottsdale furniture consignment shops join ‘shared marketing’ effort to boost sales

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.

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Arizona HR expert: ‘Time will tell’ if high-profile sexual harassment allegations impact number of claims

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.

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Arizona lawmakers split along party lines as House approves tax cut

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.


With nod to roots, developers plan to retrofit Park Central Mall into modern cool

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.


Automated bartending hits Valley, but will it replace humans?

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?


Consumer advocates: New protections on high-interest, short-term loans take ‘first step’

PHOENIX – Consumers seeking last-minute loans will soon have new protections.

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1 Arizona filer in 5 took state, local deduction House wants to drop

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.


Arizona lawmakers split as House begins work on GOP tax-reform plan

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.