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Prof.: Not requiring court OK of foreclosures aided Az recovery

Not requiring mortgage lenders to take foreclosure cases to court is helping Arizona recover from the housing crisis faster than states that do, according to an Arizona State University researcher.... Read more»0

Seemingly safe toys can pose dangers for small children

A list of dangerous toys has been released as part of a national report by Arizona Public Interest Research Group . At a news conference last week a surgeon at Phoenix Children's Hospital warned parents of young children that as the holidays approach, parents should keep in mind that toys appearing harmless at first glance can still pose hazards.... Read more»0

Tax credits, the sequel: Film incentives ready for another closeup

Reviving tax credits used to lure movie productions to Arizona – and expanding the program to include other forms of multimedia – would make Arizona more competitive with states such as New Mexico that offer such incentives, supporters say.... Read more»0

Interstate 11

Study moves highway between Valley, Las Vegas closer to reality

The Arizona Department of Transportation is undertaking a two-year study of a proposed highway — Interstate 11 — linking the Phoenix metro area with Las Vegas.... Read more»0

Manufacturing’s next wave: Highly skilled workers

Intel Corp.'s Ocotillo Campus is proof that the company is expanding and soon will be in the market for 1,000 workers to operate a $5.2 billion fabrication plant. The minimum calling card is a two-year technical degree or equivalent experience in areas like process design, automation software and packaging and assembly technology.... Read more»0

Mesa group keeps neon history alight on Main Street

Before interstate freeways and TripAdvisor.com, this city’s Main Street glistened with neon to lure weary travelers to motels. Hoping to save what’s left of a bygone era and enhance the area, the Mesa Preservation Foundation is taking steps to keep the remaining neon signs aglow.... Read more»0

Az wineries toast bill to allow mailing beer & wine

A bill in Congress would reverse a 1909 law banning the U.S. Postal Service from delivering wine and beer. Arizona has more than 60 wineries and some owners are anxiously awaiting the decision that could benefit the state's growing wine industry. ... Read more»0

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport expanding niche as Valley’s other airport

For some East Valley residents, the close proximity of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has made it an attractive alternative to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (with video)... Read more»0