Consumer

Arizonans pay less for funeral services compared to rest of nation

It's cheaper to die in Arizona compared to other states. The national median cost of a funeral, which includes viewing and burial services, is $7,360. But it's about $6,681 here.


‘Unsustainable’ growth gives way to slow recovery on state jobless rate

WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates in Arizona inched down to 4.5 percent in October, falling to the lowest rate since the start of the Great Recession and capping one of the longest recoveries on record in the state.


Arizona-based women-only boxing franchise expands to keep up with fitness trends

Over the past several years, women-only fitness facilities have exploded in popularity. Boxing gyms, such as the Jabz franchise, have played a role in that growth.


Catering to corporate fans priority at Valley sporting events

The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Phoenix International Raceway both have invested large sums of money into new luxury suites and experiences for their corporate fans, and corporate fans in turn invest in sponsorships and hospitality to attract clients.


After reeling with U.S. economy, immigrant remittances rebound

WASHINGTON - The global scale of the Great Recession was reflected in remittances, the money immigrants send to family back home, which dropped from $55 billion to $50 billion in one year.


Fitzgerald autograph among hot sports collectibles in Valley

Owning sports memorabilia allows a fan to not only feel a special connection to a player but also gives them an opportunity to display their loyalty to a player or team.


Construction claws back from recession, ‘new normal’ still unclear

WASHINGTON - A decade after the start of the Great Recession, Arizona's hard-hit construction industry has come back, but experts are wondering how far it can go this time.


St. Vincent’s renovates urban garden, plans to project as teaching tool for kids, homeless

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 1-acre urban garden in Phoenix grows fruits and vegetables to provide healthy food to needy families.


Improving the game day experience: ASU football fans speak out

Mediocre attendance has led many to question why ASU struggles to attract a full house at Sun Devil Stadium.


Section 113, Row 15, Seat 12: one seat, four nights, four Suns fans

PHOENIX -- Once upon a time, the Suns were the face of the Valley. They were the community's first major sports team, beginning play in the 1968-69 season.


From transplants to entertainment options, building fan base in Valley challenge for sports teams

PHOENIX -- It’s a Saturday evening at Gila River Arena in Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes are hosting the Winnipeg Jets. A few minutes into the opening period, fans continue to find their seats and settle down for a night of hockey. As the puck finds the back of the net and the horn sounds, a roar of excitement fills the arena.


Phoenix telephone museum re-opens doors, but still faces challenges

PHOENIX – A number of telephone history museums – which celebrate everything from telegraphs and telephone booths to rotary and flip phones – have closed in the past few years.

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