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Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
With more people getting coronavirus vaccines, airlines expect to see more people booking flights.
Feb. 25, 2021
Chandler City Hall
In spite of the pandemic, Chandler set a construction record last year when the value of issued building permits increased 72% over 2019.
Feb. 24, 2021
Fry's Electronics store Tempe, Arizona
After more than 35 years, Fry’s Electronics permanently closed all its stores overnight, including two in the Valley.
Feb. 24, 2021
Hundred dollar bills
Phoenix is heading into its next fiscal year with a general fund budget surplus estimated at $153 million.
Feb. 23, 2021
Regina Cobb
Arizona lawmakers are moving forward on legislation effectively inserting themselves into the battle between phone app developers and tech giants Apple and Google. State Rep. Regina Cobb sponsored the bill that would free Arizona-based developers from having to use the Apple Store or Google Play to sell their apps.
Feb. 23, 2021
New airport that was being built in Mexico City.
One of the signature projects for Mexico’s president since he took office in 2018 was to stop the construction of a new airport in Mexico City, while building a new one. The promise was to cut expenses and clear corruption from the project, but a congressional audit tells a different story.
Feb. 22, 2021
sports bet ticket
Arizona legislators are starting to pick apart a gambling deal Gov. Doug Ducey would like to strike with the tribes. The measure, Senate Bill 1797, would allow legal betting on sporting events and on "fantasy sports'' leagues.
Feb. 19, 2021
People at Sky Harbor
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport released passenger and cargo data for 2020. The report shows total passenger levels were down nearly 53% compared to 2019. April 2020 saw a massive drop, 93% fewer passengers compared to April 2019.
More Arizona Business News
Feb. 18, 2021
grocery store aisle
Arizona grocery store workers are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. A new survey found a fifth of the roughly 4,000 grocery workers surveyed were exhibiting severe signs of anxiety and depression.
Feb. 18, 2021
Demolition will soon begin at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix after the City Council approved a redevelopment plan Wednesday. The project calls for a major transformation on the 92-acre site at Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard.
Feb. 18, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court building
A ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court could have a major impact on the kinds of economic development deals cities make with businesses going forward.
Feb. 16, 2021
State lawmakers are moving to ensure that all eggs sold in Arizona come from cage-free hens. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh proposed a bill, HB 2525, that would affect operations that produce more than 3,000 eggs a year.
Feb. 16, 2021
A gas pump
This is the last week for bills in the Arizona Legislature to be heard in their chamber of origin, meaning House bills in House committees and Senate bills in Senate committees. That also means committee agendas will be long this week, with lots of bills up for consideration. With me to talk about some of them, as he is every Monday during the session is Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services….
Feb. 15, 2021
Ajo Farmers Market & Cafe
The Ajo Farmers Market & Cafe stands near the town square. Before the pandemic, it sold food and art from local farmers and artists. Back in October, every surface was filled with boxes and bags of produce and dry foods, all of which was given away to families in need.
Feb. 12, 2021
With nearly one in five city employees testing positive for COVID-19, Phoenix is now offering to pay workers to get vaccinated.
Feb. 11, 2021
child using a computer
As Congress and the Biden administration continue talks on a new round of COVID-19 relief, the IRS is continuing to investigate fraud in previous versions.
Feb. 11, 2021
Mixed drinks in jars
Arizona restaurants had been selling alcohol to go before courts struck down Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order. State Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler and some colleagues have introduced a bill that would bring back take-out and delivery for cocktails.
Feb. 10, 2021
exterior of salon window
An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill to establish a state committee to study block chain and cryptocurrency and come up with potential legislation. We talked with a Scottsdale small-business owner and one of the nation’s biggest nonprofits to learn how cryptocurrencies impact their bottom lines.
More Arizona Business News
Feb. 9, 2021
Scottsdale-based Axon, maker of Taser stun guns and body camera equipment for law enforcement, lost its appeals court fight with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday.
Feb. 8, 2021
Regional airlines have flights major airlines would not be able to operate. Small airlines may be at an advantage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feb. 8, 2021


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