CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

PHOENIX – When people used to ask Lilach Power about her profession, she would tell them she owns a wellness center in Phoenix. Now, she’s far more open about what she does.


Gilbert company tests job candidates’ empathy to improve customer service

GILBERT – We have all had our fair share of horrible experiences with customer service. One Arizona company has implemented a method its founders believe helps combat those negative interactions – and it starts before managers even hire their employees.


AZ’s growing Hispanic-owned business sector gets help from Fuerza Local

PHOENIX – Berni Reina and his wife were simultaneously laid off in 2013. The Avondale residents had no steady income and had to provide for their family, so the two began to look for work.


Consumer advocate: Predatory lending still ‘major problem’ in Arizona

PHOENIX – Consumers nationwide have submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about short-term consumer loans they believed were unfair, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The complaints were submitted over the past two and a half years.


Pinal County dodges health care void as Blue Cross steps in to offer ‘Obamacare’ coverage

PHOENIX – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced Wednesday that it will remain in the Pinal County Affordable Care Act health exchange.

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Officials: Grand Canyon University businesses may revitalize Phoenix neighborhood

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University has launched a new program to provide students with business experience outside of the classroom.


Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

WASHINGTON - The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report this week by a Washington think tank.


Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

WASHINGTON - Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign.


Arizona delegates turn to GoFundMe to finance convention trips

WASHINGTON - Kelly Thornton, a Prescott yoga teacher and Democratic delegate for Bernie Sanders, said she "choked" when she saw the estimated $4,000 price tag to go to the party's national convention.


Staffing woes keep Mariposa port expansion from living up to promise

WASHINGTON - Nearly two years after the completion of a $250 million expansion that was supposed to speed traffic through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, some say the project has yet to live up to its promise.


Mexican officials call for strengthening trade relationship with U.S.

WASHINGTON - Mexican officials told a Washington audience Monday that there must be a strong trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in what they called a "challenging time" for the bond between the two nations.


State’s economic growth slowed in 2015, as mining, copper took a hit

WASHINGTON - Arizona's economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.