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Experts foresee gains for maturing Arizona wine industry

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The back roads near Cornville look like many others in Yavapai County, until you turn a corner and find rolling hills filled with vines, tasting rooms and homes that are more Tuscan than Southwestern. Javelina Leap Winery sits among grapevines in a small valley outside Cornville. The 10-acre property includes a vineyard, tasting room and… Read More →

Universities scramble to balance budgets after state cuts

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At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects. But with Arizona’s public universities losing $99 million in state funding in the recently approved state… Read More →

Arizona exports top $21 billion in 2014

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WASHINGTON – Arizona businesses raked in $21.1 billion from exports last year – money that supported 93,354 jobs in the state, according to a report released Thursday by the Obama administration. The report from the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce said the value of Arizona exports has risen 57 percent since 2004.… Read More →

Arizona beekeepers adjust as honey production slows

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Locally produced honey is flying off the shelves – so much so that many honey producers cannot meet the production demands. “I’m not having problems selling my honey,” beekeeper Dennis Arp said. “I’m having problems with producing enough.” Fifteen years ago, Arp’s Mountain Top Honey Co. in Flagstaff produced 126,000 pounds of honey a year.… Read More →

Phoenix faces growing gap between income, rent hikes

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A new report shows Tucson and Phoenix-area renters have had to deal with a double whammy: Dwindling or stagnant incomes coupled with significant rent hikes. The report, released last week by the National Association of Realtors, indicated the two metro areas are among those where the gap between rental costs and household income is increasing.… Read More →

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

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Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for “foodies” in the U.S., according to a survey released Monday. The top-10 list from Livability.com, a website that analyzes the nation’s most livable small to mid-sized cities, put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Connecticut, as a home for creative… Read More →

Casino revenues grow faster than national rate

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Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state actually declined that year. The numbers were included in a recent report by Casino City Press, which said revenue at Arizona’s 22 tribal casinos grew by about $50 million,… Read More →