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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»

House OKs banking deregulation bill, consumer advocates worry about impact

When Vietnam vet Randall Stankewicz was getting the runaround from his mortgage lender, he complained to the Servicemember Affairs Office in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – which settled the issue in 10 days. But that office would be eliminated under a sweeping bill approved by the House that would undo many of the financial reforms approved in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act.... 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: 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»

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»

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»

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

The Fiesta Bowl game and its many related events have become a football extravaganza that kicks off the new year for the Phoenix area with national publicity and a hefty economic boost. But over the past three years, the Fiesta Bowl has also become the source of continuous embarrassment in the Valley of the Sun, for bowl officials, civic boosters and state legislators, as well. And it isn’t over.... Read more»

One year after Japan disaster, APS says Palo Verde nuke plant is safe

A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, operators of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station said Friday that events in Japan prompted new initiatives to prepare for emergencies.... Read more»

Feds to review Az health insurance rate hikes

The federal government will start reviewing proposed health-insurance rate increases in Arizona next month, after determining that the state has an “ineffective” rate-review plan.... Read more»