Business Desk

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted last Thursday at its July open meeting to move ahead in support of electric vehicle use in the state. Commissioners approved a plan, written in January, to develop electric vehicle infrastructure in Arizona.
Getting Art Into The Community, In North Phoenix
Elevate Coffee, located in the Norterra Shopping Center in north Phoenix, will become something of an art gallery for the next couple months. The Thunderbird Arts Center last week opened a new program called Thunderbird Art Works, which puts the work of four local artists into area businesses.
July 17, 2019
Mexico May Leave WTO, Stressing Tensions With U.S.
The departure of Mexico’s ambassador from the World Trade Organization (WTO) could complicate trade disputes between the United State and Mexico — Arizona’s largest trading partner.
July 17, 2019
Hispanic Homeownership Is On The Rise
Last year, Hispanics saw their biggest gain in homeownership since before the Great Recession, and Hispanic homeownership gains over the past decade accounted for nearly 63% of all gains nationwide.
July 17, 2019
Near Record Energy Usage Expected In Arizona This Week
There are more than 1.7 million housing units in Maricopa County, which means there are a lot of air conditioners running all day and all night. Especially this week.
July 17, 2019
Arizona Public Safety Pension Fund Considering Firing Leader
The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to take action against administrator Jared Smout after state investigators recommended he be fired.
July 17, 2019
Sentencing Delayed For Backpage Managers Who Pleaded Guilty
Sentencing has been postponed until July 2020 for two Backpage.com managers convicted in cases that accuse the site of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads.
July 17, 2019
Interior Releases Plan To Disperse BLM Employees
The Interior Department on Tuesday released details of its plan to disperse Washington D.C.-based jobs in the Bureau of Land Management out into the West. But the plan is getting pushback.
July 16, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Northern Arizona Fracking Leases
Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Monday for attempting to drill for oil and gas in northern Arizona without an environmental review.
July 16, 2019
Could Desalination Help Arizonas Water Problems?
As states and countries deal with water scarcity, Jim Robbins says desalination has become an increasingly popular option. Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, talks about the list of potential solutions for Arizona’s water issues.
July 16, 2019
McSally And Sinema Join Forces To Support Water Bill
Arizona Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema may have had an epic battle on the campaign trail last year, but now they are joining together to sponsor a bill that works to address our region’s dry future.
July 16, 2019
Environmentalists: Leasing Petrified Forest Land Is A Slippery Slope
Environmentalists want to stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing more than 4,000 acres of land near the Petrified Forest National Park to the oil and gas industry.
July 16, 2019
Chaotic Export Season Sows Uncertainty For Tomato Growers
Agriculture is an industry that in the best of circumstances deals with its fair share of uncertainty. But in Mexico, the last several months of tariff and border shutdown threats from President Donald Trump have made for a uniquely stressful season. It’s been especially so for Mexican tomato growers and exporters, who had a nearly 18% duty imposed in May.
July 16, 2019
Schools Can Apply For Money To Start Computer Science Programs
This year Arizona was one of 33 states where legislators created new policies related to computer science, according to nonprofit Code.org.
July 15, 2019
Jury Awards Ex-Senate Staffer $1M For Discrimination
After a four-day trial, the jury sided with claims by Talonya Adams, who is black, that she was paid less than other male, white counterparts. The jurors also found that she was discriminated against with respect to the amount of leave she was allowed to take.
July 15, 2019
Research: Groundwater Pumping Cost Some Streams Up To Half Their Flows
Groundwater pumping has cost some streams up to half of their flows, according to new research from the University of Arizona and the Colorado School of Mines.
July 15, 2019
Is Phoenix Prepared For Automation?
The world of work is rapidly changing thanks to technological advances, and the shift is expected to accelerate. Automation and artificial intelligence. are causing many Americans to wonder how much longer their jobs will last and how much new learning they’re going to have to do to keep a post.
July 15, 2019
Demand Driving Free Auto Tech Training
Demand for more automotive and diesel technicians is driving a free program for Valley high school students. Scottsdale-based Universal Technical Institute is a private, for-profit provider of automotive and diesel technician training.
July 15, 2019
UA Accepted Funds From Company Connected To Jeffrey Epstein
A donation to the University of Arizona by a company connected to billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein who is charged with child sex trafficking is receiving scrutiny.
July 13, 2019
Hitting The Beach? Vacation Survey Shows Mixed Plans
A survey about summer vacations shows some mixed plans among Americans. First, the big numbers: $2,037 is the average amount Americans are expected to spend on summer trips.
July 12, 2019
Corporation Commissioners Demand Answers From APS CEO
State utility regulators are putting the pressure on Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt. They’ve invited him to answer questions at next month’s Corporation Commission meeting.
July 12, 2019