Arizona Business News

Divorce attorneys are preparing for a rise in pet custody cases
In a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, nearly 65% of respondents reported an increase in divorces emerging from the pandemic. Since many people added animals to their families over the past 19 months, attorneys are preparing for a rise in pet custody cases.
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Gila River Indian Community breaks ground on casino near Chandler
The Gila River Indian Community broke ground on its fourth casino Tuesday.
Oct. 19, 2021
This real estate professor isnt worried about iBuyers
The Valley’s housing market continues to be one of the hottest in the country, as the median price has reached levels the area hasn’t seen before. And an increasing number of real estate transactions are happening in connection with ibuying through companies like Zillow, Opendoor and Offerpad.
Oct. 19, 2021
ASU point-shaving scandal is now a Netflix documentary
In 1994, Arizona State University’s men’s basketball team was caught up in a point-shaving scandal. That scandal is the subject of a new Netflix documentary, "Hoop Schemes," which is part of a series called "Bad Sport." It features interviews with the players at the center of the point shaving, including star guard Stevin “Hedake” Smith.
Oct. 19, 2021
A new plane could help fight wildfires. But privacy advocates are worried
The skies over western Arizona have been serving as a testing ground for a new type of aircraft — one that boosters say has great potential in civil engineering and other uses, but that privacy advocates are worried about.
Oct. 19, 2021
As COVID-19 cases fall, Sonora sees strong jobs growth in September
The more than 13,000 jobs added in Sonora, Mexico, is the largest monthly increase since pandemic restrictions went into effect in March 2020, and one of the largest monthly increases in a quarter century.
Oct. 19, 2021
Rio Salado College, West-MEC team up on GED classes
Rio Salado Community College and the Western Maricopa Education Center public school district, known as West-MEC, have teamed up to offer GED test prep in the West Valley and introduce students to other educational opportunities.
Oct. 18, 2021
Meet the people revitalizing Sunnyslopes Hatcher Road
In The Show's series, Our Street, we’re taking a closer look at neighborhoods around the Valley — and what makes them tick. Hatcher Road is the main street that runs through a classic Phoenix neighborhood: Sunnyslope.
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Oct. 18, 2021
Arizona program to help needy families pay utility bills
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a program to offer $36 million of assistance to help households pay utility bills. The program is aimed at helping low income households and those who hold debt due to utilities.
Oct. 18, 2021
Phoenix looking to expand remote court for traffic tickets
The pandemic led Phoenix’s Municipal Court to offer a virtual option for people contesting traffic tickets. And the program is reportedly working so well, the court is looking to expand it.
Oct. 18, 2021
AZ Humane Society will break ground on a new campus in November
For 64 years the Arizona Humane Society has operated in an aging facility in north Phoenix. Construction will begin on a new $46 million campus next month.
Oct. 18, 2021
More people plan to celebrate Halloween compared to last year, survey says
More people plan to celebrate Halloween compared to last year and they’re expected to spend more. On average, consumers plan to spend $102.74 on costumes, candy, cards and decorations.
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Oct. 18, 2021
Arizona foreclosures drop in 3rd quarter
Foreclosures in Arizona are dropping. New numbers out last week rank Arizona 34th nationwide in foreclosure filings, and the state appears to be leveling out. Lenders started the foreclosure process on more homeowners nationwide in the third quarter, after the foreclosure moratorium was lifted.
Oct. 18, 2021
Sprouts Farmers Market pays $280,000 to settle lawsuits
Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will pay out $280,000 to settle three Colorado lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and one of the plaintiffs.
Oct. 15, 2021
The southern border is reopening. How that could impact AZ economy
After more than a year and a half of painful closures, Arizona border businesses are finally breathing a sigh of relief this week. But the economic ties between Arizona and our neighbor to the south go beyond border towns.
Oct. 15, 2021
Arizona laying conduit to improve rural broadband access
The state Department of Transportation this week began laying fiber-optic conduit along southbound Interstate 17 in northern Arizona as part of a project with the Arizona Commerce Authority to provide more rural communities with affordable access to high-speed internet service.
Oct. 15, 2021
Tempe Diablo Stadium could get $41M renovation
The Tempe City Council is scheduled to hold its first public hearing Thursday night on a new ballpark lease for longtime Cactus League tenant the Los Angeles Angels. Final approval by the council in November would commit the city to spending about $41 million on renovating Diablo Stadium.
Oct. 14, 2021
NHL wants more fans in Mexico. Heres how Coyotes fit in
The National Hockey League’s 2021-22 season got underway this week with teams playing in nearly every part of the U.S. and Canada — from here in the Valley to the Arizona Coyotes’ former home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But the NHL has only a limited connection to Mexico, even as the league tries to be more inclusive and expand its fan base.
Oct. 14, 2021
Analysis: Phoenix soaring rental increases missed in inflation measurements
The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday reported that consumer prices rose 5.4% for the year ended September, and inflation is at its highest level in more than a decade. The rent is also rising, and in Arizona, it is rising faster than anywhere else.
Oct. 13, 2021
Report: People are quitting their jobs now more than ever
The U.S. Department of Labor released a report that shows the month of August had the highest quit rates on record. This indicates a strong labor market, experts say.
Oct. 13, 2021
Communities relieved by U.S. lifting border restrictions
For now nearly 19 months, the restrictions have meant Arizona border businesses have lost the Sonoran shoppers they depend, and many Sonorans have been cut off from friends and family.
Oct. 13, 2021