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Blood supply dips during holiday season

Blood banks suffer during the holiday season when many people are too busy to donate.

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Study: Shoppers plan to spend less, likely to spend more on holidays

WASHINGTON - Americans say they intend to spend less on holiday gift-giving than they did last year, but will likely give in to the spirit of the season and end up spending slightly more, according to a forecast released Monday.


Ducey asks federal committee for resources to battle drugs

Arizona started a program in September to combat drug smuggling on the border and the state needs more money and resources to move the plan forward, Gov. Doug Ducey said at a Homeland Security field hearing on Monday.


Popularity of El Salvador’s pupusas celebrated at Arizona food festival

Every November, Arizona joins in celebrating a beloved Salvadoran dish at the annual Arizona Pupusas Festival in Phoenix.

Cooks from the Salvadoreño Restaurant prepare pupusas at the the 8th annual Arizona Pupusa Festival. (Photo by Carla León/Cronkite News)

Recycled orchestra turns trash into musical treasure

More than 500 people attended a concert by young Paraguayan musicians playing instruments made of recycled trash after a screening of the documentary “Landfill Harmonic” at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

Tania Vera, violin player, Fabio Chavez, Orchestra director and Evelyn Riveros, saxophone player with the Recylced Orchestra peformed on opening night at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

Paz Cantina to close while condos are built, will reopen after renovations

Taqueria Paz Cantina will stop serving margaritas, tacos, guacamole and everything else on their menu for the next 18 months. Doors will close on Monday, two days after their one-year anniversary.

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Legendary jazz pianist Chucho Valdes uses ‘universal’ language to connect US and Cuba

An eager audience and applause filled the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as legendary Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés took the stage with his band.


Some Valley pet-store owners not worried about potential PetSmart and Petco merger

SCOTTSDALE – Customers can browse organic food, peruse designer-quality clothing and enjoy the aroma of high-end shampoo wafting around the space at this luxury boutique in Scottsdale.


Monarch butterflies face threats on both sides of the border

SCOTTSDALE – From deforestation in Mexico to a dwindling food supply in the U.S., Monarch butterflies face threats on both sides of the border.

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Experts: What do businesses need to increase trade across borders?

More than a dozen panelists discussed the growing number of business opportunities popping up across borders at the North America Economic Connectivity Conference last week.

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University hosted the North America Economic Connectivity Conference on Sept. 30 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. (Photo by Carla León/Cronkite News)

Trump, Minions, Elsa among popular figures boosting piñata business

In a small, comfortable home near downtown Phoenix, colorful characters take shape.


At one border crossing, Mexico requiring U.S. citizens to show passports

SAN YSIDRO, California – At the Puerta Este border crossing, U.S. citizens and other foreigners walking into Mexico must now show their passports.

San Ysidro Border