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Emails reveal close ties between construction firms, top school officials

Emails obtained by AZCIR from four school districts show the depth of the relationships construction company executives have cultivated with school district administrators: trips to Mexico and French Polynesia, golf outings and visits to restaurants.... Read more»

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AG asks court to halt Scottsdale school construction over procurement violations

The Arizona Attorney General's office filed a civil injunction Thursday against Scottsdale Unified School District seeking to prevent further construction on Hohokam and Cheyenne elementary schools, following multiple investigations into possible procurement and conflict of interest violations that have roiled the district's administration. ... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Foundation raises millions to preserve Wright’s Taliesin West

Tens of thousands of people visit Frank Llyod Wright's Taliesin West each year, but preservation and restoration of the landmark cost about $2.5 million per year.... Read more»

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

Scottsdale company capitalizes on medical marijuana industry

The medical marijuana industry in Arizona has tripled since 2013, leading to a variety related businesses cropping up. Officials with Scottsdale-based The Marijuana Companies hope to capitalize on marijuana dispensary marketing and this growing industry.... Read more»

Scottsdale’s GoDaddy confident as Google enters domain market

Google Inc. lifted its invite-only access this week to the software giant’s new domain-name service. What does that mean for Arizona-based GoDaddy?... Read more»

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities. ... Read more»

Az-based Taser sees stock boost since Ferguson shooting

Scottsdale-based Taser was one of several makers of body cameras whose stock rose in the wake of a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb. But Taser officials said the stock started rising well before Ferguson, when studies last year showed the cameras' effectiveness. ... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S.

Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for "foodies" in the U.S. The top-10 list from Livability.com put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Conn., for its restaurants, access to farmers' markets and other factors. ... Read more»

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

Mayors tout sustainability at Arizona Solar Summit

Mayors of Mesa, Phoenix, Goodyear and Clarkdale shared their cities’ goals and challenges in fostering sustainability during the Arizona Solar Summit. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said sustainability should be a routine so that no fanfare is required. ... Read more»

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright's Taliesin West archives to be moved to NYC

The archived sketches, models and manuscripts of the late Frank Lloyd Wright are moving from Taliesin West in Scottsdale, to Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. What does this loss mean to Arizona and will it affect the guest experience at Taliesin West? ... Read more»1

Scottsdale soldier killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry was the 44th Arizonan service member to die in Afghanistan and the sixth this year.... Read more»

Az man, America's Most Wanted, nabbed in Montreal

Steven Dyer, a regular on America’s Most Wanted, is back in police custody after a decade running from a dozen sexual abuse charges in Arizona.... Read more»

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