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Arizona charters sweep top spots in ‘best high schools’ report

best high schools

A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best high schools in the country gave the top spot to Basis Scottsdale, one of four Basis charter schools in Arizona that finished in the report’s top five. U.S. News and RTI National, a research firm, looked at more than 22,000 public high schools in the… Read More →

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit attracts crowds at Heard Museum

Frida Kahlo

The Heard Museum is now recognized for more than being one of 31 of Phoenix’s points of pride. It is also the only North American stop on a world tour for the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit. The exhibit is offering tourists and locals alike the opportunity to admire artwork by the two famous… Read More →

Valley Metro chief: Federal cuts threaten light rail, trolley projects

Valley Metro Light Rail

Transportation Department budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration could threaten Valley rail projects in which the federal government has already invested $75 million, the head of Valley Metro said Wednesday. CEO Scott Smith joined other public transit officials who said the proposed cuts could also hobble the economic development that often accompanies investments in… Read More →

Can Arizona become a foodie destination?

To learn a city’s best dishes, you need a local guide. The Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Restaurant Association recently launched website Expedition Foodie to help out-of-towners plan their culinary adventure in Arizona. The groups are collecting information about Arizona chefs and restaurants to feature on the website. Both organizations hope the site… Read More →

Water conditions on Salt River could attract thousands of tourists

Every spring, the Upper Salt River draws whitewater rafting enthusiasts to eastern Arizona. Tour guides start setting up camp north of Globe in February. But a successful season depends on Mother Nature. Several tour guides said they expect this year’s season to be busy since the water conditions are better than they have been in… Read More →

County wants visitors to discover Hassayampa River Preserve

A hidden gem is getting revamped. Maricopa County, which will soon become the sole manager of the Hassayampa River Preserve, plans to expand parking and revamp the visitor’s center over several years. The Nature Conservancy will turn over operations to the county on April 16. “The first thing that we thought was important was get… Read More →

Family planning clinics see business bump with Trump in White House

President Donald Trump’s election meant different things to different Americans. To Phoenix resident Cassidy Trowbridge, it meant she needed to make an appointment at her local family planning clinic to get a long-term contraceptive device. Trowbridge had considered getting an IUD for a few months before the election, but once Trump won, “I knew I… Read More →

Arizonans complain about medical debt collectors

Arizonans have filed 439 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about medical debt collectors since the bureau started tracking complaints in 2013, the 11th-highest rate in the nation, according to a new report. The report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said the almost 18,000 medical-debt collection complaints submitted to the… Read More →

Opponents file suit to block border wall on environmental grounds

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, and the Center for Biological Diversity challenged President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall on environmental grounds Wednesday, going to court to force the administration to follow environmental protection laws before starting construction. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson charges that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs… Read More →

Report: Airline quality best in years, but Sky Harbor carriers lag

Airline quality at Sky Harbor

Airlines performed better last year than they had for almost the last three decades, according to an annual report on airline quality released Monday. The 2017 Airline Quality Rating report, an annual report by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott and Wichita State University, showed slight increases across the board in performance measures: mishandled baggage, consumer… Read More →

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, but Pinal benefited from the echo

by in AZ Business Magazine

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. The Census Bureau said in a late March population report that Arizona added 113,506 people from… Read More →

From ASU student to Mountainside Fitness CEO

An idea that came to him as an Arizona State junior turned Tom Hatten into a successful entrepreneur. His company, Mountainside Fitness, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and opened a 14th location last weekend at the Marina Heights development on Tempe Town Lake. “It’s taken decades (to build the brand),” Hatten said. “Now when we… Read More →

Phoenix slips in national ranking of cities for solar energy capacity

Solar Energy Capacity

Phoenix fell from third to fifth place among cities for total installed solar capacity last year, slowed by charges imposed on Arizona solar users at time when other cities surged ahead with new installation. That was the finding of the annual “Shining Cities” report by Environment America, which ranks the 20 cities with the largest… Read More →

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected arguments by the Arizona Department of Environmental… Read More →

Report: Arizona women earn 83 percent of what men earn; U.S. gap wider

Arizona women equal pay

Michele Leber, 78, has been fighting to close the gender pay gap since the early 1970s, but new numbers released on the eve of Equal Pay Day show that she may still have her work cut out for her. The numbers Monday from the National Partnership for Women and Families show that women were paid… Read More →