Business Desk

The Drought Contingency Plan, approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in January, could be in trouble.
Sounds Of The City: Dozens Of Roses For Valentine’s Day
Listen to the sounds of Shelli Walker finishing up the final Valentine’s bouquets at her flower shop. If you have suggestions or hear things that make Phoenix, Phoenix, send us a note at theshow@kjzz.org.
Feb. 14, 2019
Maracay Homes President Talks Valley Development Trends
Arizona added nearly 90,000 jobs last year, according to state officials, and the majority of those new positions are in Metro Phoenix.
Feb. 14, 2019
Arizona Lawmakers Debating Legal Sports Betting
The U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down a law that generally banned sports betting. Since then, states including New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania have legalized it. Many others have introduced bills to legalize sports betting, including Arizona.
Feb. 14, 2019
Bill Would Force Apps To Disclose When They
State lawmakers want smart phones and other electronic devices with access to built-in microphones and cameras to clearly disclose when they're watching you.
Feb. 14, 2019
Senate Committee Approves Intermediate Care Facility Licensing Bill
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted to advance a bill that would require Intermediate Care Facilities, like the one at Hacienda Healthcare, to be licensed by the Arizona Department of Health.
Feb. 13, 2019
There’s a huge variety of fruits and vegetables that we have access to, almost year-round. But how long have those crops been around? And how many specific kinds of crops have we actually lost over the generations?
Feb. 13, 2019
Tobacco Use On The Rise Among Teens Due To Vaping
E-cigarettes and vaping have apparently made smoking cool again, as the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show tobacco use by young people is on the rise.
Feb. 13, 2019
Schools And Agencies Allowed To Be Subject To Lawsuits
A panel of Arizona lawmakers voted this week to let anyone file suit if they believe public tax dollars are being used to influence elections.
Feb. 13, 2019
Bill Would Allow Out-Of-State License Holders In AZ
Arizona could be the first state in the country to allow people with out-of-state occupational licenses to practice here without taking an exam. The objective of the bill is to encourage more people to come to the state and find work easily.
Feb. 12, 2019
2018 Crop Production Fell In AZ, USDA Summary Shows
The United States Department of Agriculture's annual summary showed that in 2018 Arizona crop production fell across the board, except for lemons.
Feb. 12, 2019
One Scooter Company Leaves Tempe
“This is kind of a unique system where they’re using public property to stage and operate their business, and there’s gotta be some sort of cost that goes along with that,” said Randy Keating, a Tempe councilman who helped craft the regulations which include fees and data sharing with the city.
Feb. 12, 2019
How Telemedicine Could Be The Future Of Health Care In AZ
Last week, in front of the state Senate Health committee, Dr. Bart Demaerschalk used his laptop to give lawmakers a closer look at the possibilities available in telemedicine — and it’s a little more high tech than you might think.
Feb. 12, 2019
Can Humanities Along With Science Help Save The Planet?
The southwestern part of the country is in the midst of a two decade drought, and a recent polar vortex hit the Midwest, leading to wind chill of close to 60 degrees below zero.In addition to science, what approach could help fix — or at least understand — what’s happening?
Feb. 12, 2019
Working In Intelligence While Criticized By The President
President Donald Trump continues to hammer members of the U.S. intelligence community. The trend seemed to begin because of his frustration related to whether his campaign was working in tandem with Russia.
Feb. 12, 2019
GOP Bill Aims To Reclassify And Reduce Student Wages
GOP State lawmakers are taking another swing at the voter mandated minimum wage law. State Rep. Travis Grantham's bill re-classifies employees who are students, under age 22, and working less than 20 hours a week, as "casual basis" hires.
Feb. 12, 2019
New Hotels Generating More Business In Tempe
Tempe’s Tourism Office said the number of hotel room nights booked in 2018 was nearly 250,000 higher than in 2016.
Feb. 12, 2019
AZ Senate Votes To Rescind $32 Vehicle Fee
The state Senate voted Monday to rescind a $32 vehicle registration fee Gov. Doug Ducey wanted to use towards funding the state highway department.
Feb. 11, 2019
Denver Teachers To Go On Strike Over Pay Issues
Denver teachers are walking out of the classroom this Monday. It’s the latest in a string of teacher strikes that have taken place around the country in the last few years. The major issue at hand, as it is in Arizona, is teacher pay.
Feb. 11, 2019
Proposal Would Give Some AZ Teachers Tuition Discount
Arizona has a teacher shortage, and has had one for at least a few years now. In an effort to try to stem that tide, Arizona Rep. Randy Friese is proposing an Experienced Teacher Retention Pilot Program.
Feb. 11, 2019
Q&AZ: How Did The Arizona Cactus League Get Started?
Fifteen teams have been training in Arizona's Cactus League since 2010, but there have been multiple teams in Arizona since 1947. According to Marshall Trimble, Arizona's state historian, the first team to train in Arizona was the Detroit Tigers in the late 1920s.
Feb. 11, 2019