August 2013

Sprouts is opening more stores. The health food supermarket chain made the announcement after it released a strong earnings report Thursday.  The produce section of a Sprouts store. (Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market) The specialty food chain had net sales of $622 million in the second quarter of 2013.
August 22, 2013
Driving throughout the Valley is costly. A recent study by Bankrate.com said that Arizona is the sixth most expensive state for car owners, and car insurance, or lack thereof, can lead to high rates.
August 22, 2013
The Phoenix City Council has voted to begin a national search to find a City Manager. David Cavazos has served as Phoenix City Manager since 2009. He announced early this month that he’s stepping down to take the same position with Santa Ana, Calif.
August 22, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service is running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season. The agency is diverting dollars from other departments to meet firefighting needs.The Forest Service has spent nearly a billion dollars fighting fires this year which left it with about $50 million available.
August 22, 2013
A man accused of killing nine people at a Phoenix-area Buddhist temple is back in court 22 years after the crime.  Johnthan Doody was granted a new trial after an appeals court ruled investigators did not fully advise him of his rights during questioning.
August 21, 2013
Wells Fargo Bank announced it will lay off nearly 300 employees in Tempe as part of a nationwide cutback. Wells Fargo earned a net income of $5.5 billion in the second quarter this year. It was a record, but rising interest rates have made the company’s home refinancing business less profitable.
August 21, 2013
Arizona’s Attorney General and Secretary of State have filed suit against the Elections Assistance Commission to allow the state to require residents to prove they are United States citizens when they register to vote.
August 21, 2013
When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment.
August 21, 2013
The housing crisis hammered the Valley, and thousands of people lost their homes. Foreclosures dominated some neighborhoods, while short sales became a too common part of the vernacular. Now with the real estate market bouncing back, most of us are focused again on how prices compare with a year ago, or when they will return to pre-recession levels, but what about looking for ways to avoid the next housing crisis or at least limiting the damage? Mark Stapp is director of the Master of Real Estate Development program at Arizona State University's WP Carey School of Business.
August 21, 2013
Surfing in the desert is not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of sand but not much water. That is what has made Big Surf in Tempe such a big deal since it opened in 1969, and now Big Surf’s Waikiki Beach Wave Pool has been designated a historic landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
August 21, 2013

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