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Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

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Enviros challenge states to use VW funds to boost electric vehicle use

Environmental advocates are challenging Arizona and states across the Southwest to use funds from a potential Volkswagen lawsuit settlement to invest in electric-vehicle charging stations and to electrify public transit.... Read more»

Consumer advocate: Predatory lending still 'major problem' in Arizona

Consumers nationwide have submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about short-term consumer loans they believed were unfair, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The complaints were submitted over the past two and a half years.... Read more»

Reminder: Consumers should be cautious when holiday toy shopping

With Black Friday coming and Christmas in one month, buying toys will be at the top of the list for many parents. Toys can be fun for children, but they can also be dangerous. Experts warn of choking hazards, toxic metals, magnets and hearing damage from loud noises.... Read more»

Coalition kicks off health insurance information program in Az

The Cover Arizona Coalition, composed of more than 900 community and statewide organizations, began its informational campaign on Monday for those seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Through the coalition, there are free in-person “enrollment assisters” across the state willing to help anyone searching for an insurance plan on the online marketplace.... Read more»

Along proposed commuter rail line, leaders see growth potential

A lot would have to happen before a commuter rail line passes through Queen Creek, but Mayor Gail Barney sees great potential in the idea.... Read more»

Driving while single can cost more in Phoenix, insurance study shows

Single, widowed and divorced drivers in Phoenix are likely to pay higher insurance rates than married drivers with identical driving records, according to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America.... Read more»

Report gives Arizona a B for gov't spending transparency

Released during Sunshine Week, the annual Following the Money report praises Arizona for providing data about the state's largest economic-development programs through its OpenBooks website. ... Read more»

Arizona firms cautious about net neutrality rules

Arizona technology companies and rural broadband providers expressed concerns about the Internet regulations approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission – partly because they don’t have all the details, which makes the ultimate impact unclear.... Read more»

Report: Phx middle of the pack for innovative transportation options

Having a bike-sharing service and ride-sourcing options Uber and Lyft won Phoenix praise in the study released by two groups that want to get more people out of cars. But the Innovative Transportation Index finds the city has plenty of room for improvement.... Read more»1

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen.... Read more»

Advocacy group gives Az a B at providing spending transparency

Arizona has improved its transparency on government spending but has a lot of work to do when it comes to providing information on tax credits for businesses, an advocacy group says. Arizona ranked 19th among states in the report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. ... Read more»

Advocates, providers: Look beyond price when choosing health plan

Choosing insurance options under the Affordable Care Act based on lowest premiums could wind up costing consumers more in the end through out-of-pocket costs and not being able to see their preferred doctors, advocates and providers say.... Read more»

Az students watch warily as Senate deal on student loans falters

For a couple of hours last week, it looked like the Senate would give Alex Miller a chance to relax. Miller, an ASU senior, faces the possibility that she will have to pay an extra $1,000 this year for her college loan, after a July 1 deadline to keep loan rates from doubling passed without congressional action.... Read more»

As lawmakers deadlock, Az students take college debt fight to D.C.

Several Arizona students were in Washington, D.C., Thursday pushing Congress to change the formula for student loans before July 1, when the rate for Stafford loans is set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The change would affect more than 7 million students and former students with loans, including about 450,000 in Arizona.... Read more»

Bill would implement some Affordable Care Act provisions

With Arizona declining to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, a lawmaker wants to make sure the state maintains its oversight of insurers and policies.... Read more»

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