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Fledgling professional speakers say they struggle to sustain themselves

Despite Arizona’s history as the birthplace of the National Speakers Association the Phoenix metro area does not necessarily attract the kind of large speaking engagements at the rate happening in other areas, according to convention statistics and venue operators. That leaves small-time speakers to fend for themselves in a competitive industry.


Scottsdale company hopes simple formula fuels growth in sports nutrition market

A small Scottsdale company quickly is elbowing its way into the burgeoning sports nutrition market dominated by giants such as Gatorade and PowerBar.


Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

WASHINGTON - Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state's marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.


Small businesses use subscription health care plan to comply with Obamacare mandate

A Phoenix company that specializes in subscription healthcare options has found a new way for small businesses to comply with Obamacare.


Arcade bar growth turns Valley into multiplayer arena

TEMPE – Dillon Thompson has spent one to two hours at Endgame Bar nearly every day since the 22-year-old first started going about two and a half months ago.

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Coalition kicks off health care information program

The Cover Arizona Coalition, comprised of more than 900 community and statewide organizations, began its informational campaign on Monday for those seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.


Arizona women leaders highlighted in 28th annual Athena Awards

Three of the Valley’s most-accomplished businesswomen were awarded the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in its annual program to support women in leadership.

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Local shelter strives to increase pit bull adoptions

Pit bulls are not always the most popular pet, but animal shelters are lending a helping paw to find these dogs a home.

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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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Valley fever can be devastating for dogs

While he may seem like a typical dog, this Great Dane named Relay has overcome a lot in his nine years. And recently, so has his owner, Jenny Allert of Mesa.

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New state law limits when schools can use restraint, seclusion

Melissa Van Hook, a mother of two children with autism and co-founder of the East Valley Autism Network, said too many parents of students with disabilities have called her to report children being secluded and restrained at school.


Contest seeks to drive innovation in water-conservation education

With drought continuing to grip the Southwest, a group armed with a $100,000 prize is out to encourage conservation and create awareness of water shortages through a website allowing individuals to create their own documentaries.