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Incentives driving water conservation

With supplies limited and growth expected, conservation is certain to be a big part of Arizona's water future. But experts say making homes more water-efficient is driven primarily by government and utility incentives rather than homeowners simply trying to go green. ... Read more»0

Congressman: Startup innovations threatening established markets

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, warned a group of entrepreneurs that established companies and their lobbyists will fight to keep startups' innovations from disrupting their markets. He said an example is taxicab companies fighting ride-sharing. ... Read more»0

In ticket scalping, laws of supply and demand play out near venues

Scalping, also known as ticket reselling, operates under a supply-and-demand model similar to almost every other market. It's legal in Arizona, with some constraints on where it can occur. An economics professor says ticket scalping represents an unfettered market.... Read more»1

Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster said Saturday.... Read more»0

ASU startup out to help farmers pollinate crops through spray

Pollen-Tech is an ASU-based company offering a technology that spreads pollen through a solution sprayed on plants. With help from a startup grant through the university, it is focusing first on those growing almonds, cherries, peaches and apricots. ... Read more»0

Proposed Phoenix-Tucson high-speed rail routes up for public input

A jeweler based in Tucson, Erik Stewart makes regular drives two hours up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it. Through May 31, Arizonans have the chance to provide feedback about three proposed routes for high-speed rail between Phoenix and Tucson.... Read more»3

Experts: More than half of Az cancer cases are preventable

Experts offered lawmakers some grim statistics Wednesday on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050. However, one figure offered some hope: More than half of cancer cases here could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as not smoking and exercising more.... Read more»0

House gives preliminary OK to helping cities with event costs

The Arizona House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would help defray the public safety costs cities incur hosting major events, such as Glendale, which is preparing for the 2015 Super Bowl.... Read more»0

University presidents pitch lawmakers on value of research

Investing in research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities is essential for the state to be competitive, Arizona State President Michael M. Crow told lawmakers Wednesday.... Read more»0

Biz groups point to SB 1070 in calling for 1062 veto

With business leaders calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto religious-freedom legislation that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday that fallout from SB 1070 may serve as a guide. Stanton said SB 1062, narrowly approved last week by the Legislature, sends the wrong message to the country and world.... Read more»0

Google, Phoenix: Fiber could speed Valley Internet

Google will collaborate with Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to develop ways to bring Google Fiber, its high-speed Internet network, to the Valley, the technology giant and the cities’ mayors announced this week.... Read more»1

Former traffic-cam exec alleges ‘gifts and bribes’ to officials

A former Redflex Traffic Systems executive has accused the company of lavishing “gifts and bribes” on government officials in Arizona and 12 other states.... Read more»0

Bill would require U.S. citizenship for state prison guards

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens, as is already the case with other peace officers, saying the change would help ease unemployment in his district.... Read more»0

Backed by $99 million from Mesa, Cubs Park set to open

With Cactus League games just over a month away, workers are putting final touches on the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training home, built with nearly $100 million approved by voters.... Read more»0