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U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, talks with entrepreneurs Wednesday at Seed Spot, a Phoenix business incubator.

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, warned a group of entrepreneurs that established companies and their lobbyists will fight to keep startups' innovations from disrupting their markets. He said an example is taxicab companies fighting ride-sharing. Read more»

A ticket scalper who identified himself only as T.B. offers tickets outside an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Scalping, also known as ticket reselling, operates under a supply-and-demand model similar to almost every other market. It's legal in Arizona, with some constraints on where it can occur. An economics professor says ticket scalping represents an unfettered market. Read more» 1

Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster said Saturday. Read more»

Cherry blossoms.

Pollen-Tech is an ASU-based company offering a technology that spreads pollen through a solution sprayed on plants. With help from a startup grant through the university, it is focusing first on those growing almonds, cherries, peaches and apricots. Read more»

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking input on three routes to connect Phoenix and Tucson by high-speed rail.

A jeweler based in Tucson, Erik Stewart makes regular drives two hours up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it. Through May 31, Arizonans have the chance to provide feedback about three proposed routes for high-speed rail between Phoenix and Tucson. Read more» 3

Experts offered lawmakers some grim statistics Wednesday on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050. However, one figure offered some hope: More than half of cancer cases here could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as not smoking and exercising more. Read more»

A police car is parked in front of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, home of the 2015 Super Bowl.

The Arizona House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would help defray the public safety costs cities incur hosting major events, such as Glendale, which is preparing for the 2015 Super Bowl. Read more»

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow addresses state lawmakers about the value of research.

Investing in research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities is essential for the state to be competitive, Arizona State President Michael M. Crow told lawmakers Wednesday. Read more»

Demonstrators make their feelings known to lawmakers in Phoenix on Monday.

With business leaders calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto religious-freedom legislation that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday that fallout from SB 1070 may serve as a guide. Stanton said SB 1062, narrowly approved last week by the Legislature, sends the wrong message to the country and world. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, right, joins Andrew Silvestri, Google’s public policy and community affairs representative, at a news conference announcing a collaboration that could bring Google’s ultra-high speed wireless Internet service to the Valley.

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

A former Redflex Traffic Systems executive has accused the company of lavishing “gifts and bribes” on government officials in Arizona and 12 other states. Read more»

Rep. Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park, said requiring Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens would help ease unemployment in his district, which stretches to Yuma.

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens, as is already the case with other peace officers, saying the change would help ease unemployment in his district. Read more»

Cubs Park, set to open for spring training games in late February, was built with nearly $100 million approved by Mesa voters.

With Cactus League games just over a month away, workers are putting final touches on the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training home, built with nearly $100 million approved by voters. Read more»