Author Archives: Cronkite News


Resolution mine official: Permitting process a barrier to business

The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs to begin mining in the U.S., a company official testified Tuesday. Nigel Steward, managing director of copper and diamonds for Rio Tinto, the multinational mining company developing the Resolution… Read More →

Camping World 500 showcases new NASCAR points system

Camping World 500

On a blistering last day of winter at Phoenix International Raceway, slick racing conditions helped showcase NASCAR’s new points system, designed to emphasize aggressive competition and strategy. The hot track in Sunday’s Camping World 500 led to a variety of different leaders and a dramatic finish in the Monster Energy Cup Series race. Joey Logano… Read More →

Judges say plan to split 9th Circuit could backfire, spark court delays

9th Circuit

Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process. Backers of the plan claim that the heavy caseload in the circuit, which includes Arizona and eight other… Read More →

Business leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit Arizona consumers in the long run. The new rate is still low, they said, and should offer consumers more variability in areas such as banking without… Read More →

CBO: 24 million could lose insurance under Obamacare replacement

obamacare replacement

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a Congressional Budget Office report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, while leaving as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. “Congress should be focused on finding real solutions that protect access to coverage, not playing partisan politics… Read More →

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Arizona lawmakers

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Donald Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike. Despite the… Read More →

Arizona gets high marks in national ranking on soundness of bridges

Arizona infrastructure

Arizona bridges are among the most structurally sound in the nation, according to a recent national ranking that said just 2.6 percent of the state’s 8,154 bridges were structurally deficient in 2016. The report last month by the American Road and Transport Builders Association said that was an improvement for the state from the 3.1… Read More →

Report: Climate change a growing factor in fall of Colorado River flows

Climate change and the Colorado river

There are many factors behind declining Colorado River flows, but climate change plays a larger part than previously thought and the threat will continue to grow if global warming is not addressed, a recent report says. The report by researchers at the University of Arizona and Colorado State University found that an unprecedented increase in… Read More →

Arizona lawmaker wants to establish industrial hemp industry in state

industrial hemp industry

A Republican senator from Lake Havasu City sees economic opportunity in industrial hemp and wants to bring Arizona into the fold. Sen. Sonny Borrelli has sponsored a bill to establish the framework for an industrial hemp industry in Arizona. If passed, SB 1337 would legalize the cultivation, distribution and sale of industrial hemp. It would… Read More →

Chandler startup develops stem cell treatments to heal injured horses and dogs

stem cell treatments

A horse prances around an open field in the East Valley, ready to give birth. But Cheyenne and her foal have a larger role to play in equine medicine: The birth will provide regenerative materials and stem cells that could help other animals recover from injuries. AniCell Biotech, a Chandler-based startup, collects the amniotic materials… Read More →

Arizona lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

Arizona lawmakers

President Donald Trump delivered an hourlong speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands. The speech was Trump’s first to a joint session of Congress. He spent most of the first half highlighting the actions… Read More →

Arizona scientists play key role in NASA’s new Webb telescope

Webb telescope
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

The next generation of space telescopes will launch next year, and two Arizona scientists helped create critical instruments attached to the telescope that they hope will detect the beginnings of the universe. The James Webb Space Telescope will launch from French Guinea, the culmination of a joint venture between NASA, the European Space Agency, the… Read More →

Kids compete to make the world a better place

Kids compete
by in AZ Business Magazine | Education

When faced with the problem of cleaning up a polluted petrochemical site in Ecuador, a team of urban planners from Arizona turned to “microbial degradation” and “phytoremediation” to biologically break down pollutants on the site. A team of urban planners who are still in middle school. The Veritas Homeschoolers were in Washington this week to… Read More →

Gov. Doug Ducey hopes feds cede power to states

Ducey
by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

Gov. Doug Ducey joined other Republican governors who told an appreciative crowd of conservatives Thursday that the Trump administration presents a chance for state and local officials to take the reins back from the federal government. Ducey joined Republican Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin to tell… Read More →

Hispanic-focused tech business wins PHX Startup Week competition

PHX Startup Week
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

A Hispanic-focused software company beat out nine other local startups on Wednesday to win a $50,000 investment in the first Street Pitch event as part of PHX Startup Week. The competition shut down a portion of Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. OYE! Business Intelligence, a software company that focuses on Hispanic customer conversations, assists companies… Read More →