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Identity theft was the top consumer complaint among Arizonans last year, according to newly released data from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC received 51,873 fraud reports from consumers in Arizona in 2021.They added up to $116,030,737, with a median loss of $515.
Mar. 1, 2022
Robin Wayland
What do a KJZZ reporter, the former Phoenix poet laureate, a Valley haiku poet with a new haiku trilogy and the winner of this year’s Haiku Writing Contest have in common? They all shine on KJZZ’s “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Feb. 27, 2022
What do a Scottsdale memoirist, a Tucson coffee shop/bookstore owner — who's also a haiku enthusiast as well as a crime writer — and a Tucson Festival of Books panelist have in common? They’re all part of this episode of KJZZ’s Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 11, 2022
Elected officials and business leaders surround the new Asian District signage for the nearby Light Rail stop
A stretch of Dobson Road in Mesa populated with Asian businesses was given the official designation of the Asian District on Saturday. Mayor John Giles says the designation shows the growth of the Valley’s Asian community.
Feb. 5, 2022
Home Construction
Housing, utilities and transportation costs are making it more expensive for higher-wage earners to live in the metro Phoenix region.
Jan. 27, 2022
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Arizonans bet nearly $780 million in the first two months that the state allowed gambling on sporting events. But all that wagering, pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey, translated to just slightly more than $1 million in state revenues.
Jan. 4, 2022
Dole package recall
Dole Fresh Vegetables voluntarily recalled all its branded and private label packaged salads processed in Yuma, along with a plant in Bessemer City, North Carolina, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Dec. 31, 2021
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Even through the pandemic, shopping has provided high funds for the state. And it's not all online shopping.
Dec. 23, 2021
red and gold decorations on top of red velvet that says 'Merry Christmas'
Celebrating Christmas in the United States often includes financial ties to several countries.
Dec. 21, 2021
Bashas' shopping cart
A California-based company has completed its purchase of an iconic Arizona grocery chain. Bashas’ is no longer a local family-owned grocer. It’s now part of the Raley’s Companies, a private, family-owned business with headquarters in Sacramento.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 15, 2021
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Big changes are coming to the former Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix. KJZZ News has the first details about the iconic property’s demolition and what’s in store — including preliminary sketches of the plans.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 8, 2021
Research indicates that early exposure to gambling activities like lottery play increases the risk of gambling addiction later in life.
Dec. 8, 2021
Women shopping in Downtown Mesa
In the past two decades, downtown Mesa added a major arts center and light rail. But city officials say it wasn’t enough to revitalize the area. Now, thanks to a recent partnership with ASU, a transformation is coming.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 1, 2021
Crescent Ballroom takeout sanitized pens
More grants are available for micro and small businesses after the Phoenix City Council allocated $8 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
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Nov. 30, 2021
Arizona Lottery logo
The Arizona Lottery set a sales record in its fiscal year that ended June 30. Consumers bought $1.4 billion worth of tickets. That’s 30% more than the year before.
More Arizona business news
Nov. 30, 2021
Holiday shopping boxes and bags
Often, people use Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to get their holiday shopping done in one fell swoop. But shopping habits have changed over the years due to online shopping and now the pandemic, the latter whose impact on the economy could also be affected.
Nov. 30, 2021
books shelves
Local First Arizona is hopeful that this year's Small Business Saturday will be even better than last year, thought perhaps not yet back to what it is was in 2018 and 2019.
Nov. 26, 2021
Scottsdale Fashion Square
The holiday season is here and shoppers are out spending. But a new poll found that in this holiday season, Arizonans are predicted to spend less than the average American planned to spend last year.
Nov. 26, 2021
Gas station pump
A gallon of gas in Arizona on average costs $3.75. That is almost 40 cents higher per gallon than the national average. But a week after President Biden released supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, crude oil prices have dropped this week.
Nov. 26, 2021
silver trailer parked inside with door open
A 15-acre site in Chandler that once featured a Sam’s Club warehouse is now home to a popular brand in the recreational vehicle industry.
Nov. 24, 2021

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