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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.

Phoenix Zoo opens new $2 million home for its two Sumatran tigers

Since the project broke ground last spring, the Phoenix Zoo's staff has been anticipating the opening of the new tiger exhibit. The zoo has had the tigers for more than a year and is giving them a new home.

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Arizona consumers save at gas pump, but spend extra cash at restaurants, on groceries

The average American household has saved $700 from dropping gas prices so far this year, but it appears Arizonans are putting most of that savings right back into the economy, according to a recent study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute.


ASU students show appreciation for student veterans

Students at ASU wrote thank you letters and had conversations with veterans to honor those who have served in the military.

Students write thank you letters to fellow students who are veterans as part of the Salute to Service on campus. (Photo by Fan Wang/Cronkite News)

Developers turn historic Welnick Marketplace in downtown Phoenix into adaptive reuse project

The historic Welnick Bros. Marketplace building in downtown Phoenix has sat vacant for the past decade. But now, developers plan to restore it as an adaptive reuse project with restaurant, retail and entertainment space.

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Arizona groups launch equity crowdfunding site to connect businesses with capital

The biggest challenge for Arizona entrepreneurs today is access to capital, said Dan Nienhauser, executive director of Arizona Collaboratory Inc.


Phoenix shop expects last-minute surge in Halloween costume sales

Americans are expected to spend $2.5 billion alone on Halloween costumes for adults, children and their pets this year, according to the National Retail Federation.


Millennials transition into housing market as rents become more expensive

While the Valley’s economy continues to improve, the housing market has lagged.

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Local, national spa franchises expand in Arizona as industry grows

MESA – If it seems there is a salon or spa around every corner, it may be true.

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Arizona’s Flintstones-themed Bedrock City continues to draw tourists amid potential sale

About 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is a smaller, more obscure tourist attraction: Bedrock City, a Flintstones walk-through theme park honoring the 1960s cartoon.


Vemma CEO confident after Tempe company’s court hearing on pyramid scheme allegations

NOTE: On Sept. 18, a federal judge barred Vemma Nutrition Co. from resuming most of its business activities. Click here for the follow-up story. BK Boreyko Tuesday said he felt confident in his team's work defending Vemma Nutrition Co. against federal regulators who accused them of running a pyramid scheme.

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Phoenix homeowners rank above average for underwater mortgages, Zillow report says

As underwater mortgages continue to drop nationally, many Phoenix homeowners still grapple with negative equity, according to a report released this month by Zillow Inc.