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A worker harvests sorghum on a tractor at Jason Perry’s farm in Chandler. This land was previously set for development.

The real estate crash has land once sold for development finding its way back into agriculture as developers lease plots to farmers who are growing in-demand commodities. Read more»

Merle Hinrichs, second from left, makes a point during a conversation about preparing today’s business leaders to better face tomorrows challenges, namely using new data and technology.

With all the new technology and endless data produced in a rapidly changing world, companies must adapt or risk being left behind, a group of global business leaders said at a Glendale meeting. Read more»

Arizona’s centennial license plate shows an abstraction of the Arizona state flag. License plates are available starting Oct. 31.

With a colorful specialty license plate, organizers of the state’s centennial celebration want Arizonans to show their pride one bumper at a time. Read more» 1

The Industrial Commission of Arizona announced in October that the minimum wage will increase from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour. Tipped employees, who make $3 below the standard minimum wage, will also receive the raise. Read more» 4

Most Arizona seniors rely heavily on Social Security for their income, an AARP report found. Read more» 1

Arizona State University engineering student Christopher Floyd is a benefactor of the company’s scholarship program. He hopes to work in the mines when he graduates.

It’s hard to imagine that this sleepy town would produce engineers and robotics experts in great numbers. But before he left to major in computer science at Arizona State University, Christopher Floyd and high school classmates had already built two robots on a team sponsored by Resolution Copper Mining. Read more»

State Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, discusses a plan put forward by liberal groups to stimulate the nation’s economy.

A plan to revitalize the U.S. economy put forward by liberal groups would create jobs in Arizona and help the poor move to the middle class, a Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday. (with video) Read more»

Slumping house prices and a reliance on service industry jobs contributed to Tucson and Phoenix falling behind the rest of the Intermountain West in economic growth.

Slumping housing prices and the prevelance of service-industry jobs contributed to Phoenix and Tucson trailing the rest of the Intermountain West in economic recovery during the second quarter, according to a Brookings Institution report. Read more»

Christopher Fendell, 10, completes his school work at Sunrise Montessori. A new law will allow his parents to use public dollars for a disabled child’s education to fund his private schooling at the Peoria school.

Parents see relief in a new law allowing them to put 90 percent of state money allocated for a disabled child’s education toward private school tuition or private education services such as speech or occupational therapy. Read more»

Companies including Clear Channel Outdoor donated space for billboards touting Arizona’s centennial celebration.

With just five months left until the state’s 100th birthday, organizers still have no idea where 75 percent of their budget will come from but are hopeful that private donors will cover the gap. Read more» 2

Vines at Alcantara Vineyard, one of the growing number of wineries drawn the favorable altitude and soil of the Verde Valley.

The Verde Valley has for long been a tourist destination, luring visitors to Sedona, parks featuring ancient American Indian dwellings, the ghost town of Jerome and other attractions. But only recently has wine become a draw in its own right. Read more»

A home in the Foothills Neighborhood in Tucson has been on sale for three months. However, Tucson real estate agents say they’re going through inventory at a rapid rate.

With his company’s business up and inventory at a five-year low, Realtor Greg Hollman said the housing market in Arizona’s second-largest metropolitan area is thriving. But that assessment runs counter to a recent national news report that branded Tucson the nation’s sickest housing market. Read more» 1

Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, is show in this 2010 photo.

Taxpayers are giving Don Cardon a big raise to move from head of the now-defunct state Department of Commerce to president and CEO of the new Arizona Commerce Authority. Read more»

Wine grapes ripen at the Page Springs Cellars and Vineyard, one of one the small Arizona wineries that fear a bill before Congress would lead to them losing the ability to sell directly to customers.

Representatives of the growing number of small wineries in Arizona fear that a bill pending in Congress could lead to them losing the ability to sell directly to customers beyond – and perhaps even within – the state. "It’s very important for us to ship our wine across state lines." Read more» 3

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to make hunting and fishing constitutional rights in Arizona and forbid laws or rules that restrict such activities. Read more»