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Student loan debt is affecting older borrowers. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of consumers aged 60 and older with student loan debt quadrupled — and their debt load doubled, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mar. 2, 2021
medical marijuana buds in glass jars
The Town of Paradise Valley signed an ordinance to prohibit the construction of recreational marijuana dispensaries and testing facilities last week. Medical dispensaries are allowed to obtain a "dual license" to sell both medical and recreational marijuana.
Feb. 28, 2021
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2020’s Spring Training was cancelled midway through due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 2021 Cactus League season is going forward as scheduled, with 15 Major League Baseball teams playing Spring Training games across the Valley.
Feb. 28, 2021
sprinklers
It has long been reported that Arizona's water supplies are shrinking. A year-end environmental impact study quantifies the ongoing crisis, showing how Arizona residents feel about the shortage and the difficult allocation choices that lay ahead.
Feb. 27, 2021
Marijuana cannabis flower
Proposition 207 recently legalized the use of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in Arizona. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ Project, one listener asked: Can workers get fired in Arizona for using marijuana, even if it’s legal to consume in the state?
Feb. 27, 2021
A mural in downtown Mesa.
Mesa has Arizona’s third-largest population, far behind Phoenix but inching ever closer to Tucson. And as Mesa has grown, the perception of the city has changed. From being an early adopter of light rail to having a cultural hub like the Mesa Arts Center, the city has undergone major shifts. And it may be on the verge of more, especially as it relates to downtown.
Feb. 26, 2021
people waiting for bags
Travel at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport remains about half of pre-pandemic levels but as more people get vaccinated some airlines expect that will change.
More Arizona Business News
Feb. 25, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
With more people getting coronavirus vaccines, airlines expect to see more people booking flights.
Feb. 25, 2021
Chandler City Hall
In spite of the pandemic, Chandler set a construction record last year when the value of issued building permits increased 72% over 2019.
Feb. 24, 2021
Fry's Electronics store Tempe, Arizona
After more than 35 years, Fry’s Electronics permanently closed all its stores overnight, including two in the Valley.
Feb. 24, 2021
Hundred dollar bills
Phoenix is heading into its next fiscal year with a general fund budget surplus estimated at $153 million.
Feb. 23, 2021
Regina Cobb
Arizona lawmakers are moving forward on legislation effectively inserting themselves into the battle between phone app developers and tech giants Apple and Google. State Rep. Regina Cobb sponsored the bill that would free Arizona-based developers from having to use the Apple Store or Google Play to sell their apps.
Feb. 23, 2021
New airport that was being built in Mexico City.
One of the signature projects for Mexico’s president since he took office in 2018 was to stop the construction of a new airport in Mexico City, while building a new one. The promise was to cut expenses and clear corruption from the project, but a congressional audit tells a different story.
Feb. 22, 2021
sports bet ticket
Arizona legislators are starting to pick apart a gambling deal Gov. Doug Ducey would like to strike with the tribes. The measure, Senate Bill 1797, would allow legal betting on sporting events and on "fantasy sports'' leagues.
Feb. 19, 2021
People at Sky Harbor
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport released passenger and cargo data for 2020. The report shows total passenger levels were down nearly 53% compared to 2019. April 2020 saw a massive drop, 93% fewer passengers compared to April 2019.
More Arizona Business News
Feb. 18, 2021
grocery store aisle
Arizona grocery store workers are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. A new survey found a fifth of the roughly 4,000 grocery workers surveyed were exhibiting severe signs of anxiety and depression.
Feb. 18, 2021
Demolition will soon begin at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix after the City Council approved a redevelopment plan Wednesday. The project calls for a major transformation on the 92-acre site at Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard.
Feb. 18, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court building
A ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court could have a major impact on the kinds of economic development deals cities make with businesses going forward.
Feb. 16, 2021
Eggs
State lawmakers are moving to ensure that all eggs sold in Arizona come from cage-free hens. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh proposed a bill, HB 2525, that would affect operations that produce more than 3,000 eggs a year.
Feb. 16, 2021
A gas pump
This is the last week for bills in the Arizona Legislature to be heard in their chamber of origin, meaning House bills in House committees and Senate bills in Senate committees. That also means committee agendas will be long this week, with lots of bills up for consideration. With me to talk about some of them, as he is every Monday during the session is Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services….
Feb. 15, 2021

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