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Phoenix: Metro Phoenix’s home prices poised to hit new record. Where are they climbing the fastest?

Phoenix: Metro Phoenix’s home prices poised to hit new record. Where are they climbing the fastest?

Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #RealEstate   Metro Phoenix’s hot housing market cooled a few degrees during the summer, but prices are climbing again. The Valley’s median home price is expected to have hit $410,000 in September and climb to a new record of $415,000 by mid-October, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service’s analysis of pending sales. The price increases are coming even as the supply of homes for sale continued to tick up and sales dipped slightly in August. That combination of slowing indicators had been keeping the Phoenix-area median home price hovering around $405,000…
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Phoenix: Use Sky Harbor airport to pay down Phoenix’s pension debt? The idea might just fly

Phoenix: Use Sky Harbor airport to pay down Phoenix’s pension debt? The idea might just fly

Leonard Gilroy | AZCentral.Com Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #Business   Despite a booming economy and recovering tax revenues, Phoenix remains awash in nearly $5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. This pension debt acts as a fiscal albatross, forcing the city to dedicate approximately $400 million of its budget toward pension costs and related debt service each year. The concern even prompted a citizens initiative two years ago that would have frozen most new city spending until the debt is paid down, but voters rejected the idea of constraining spending on city programs to focus on pension debt reduction. At the City Council’s direction, city staff are…
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Phoenix: This is how Arizona colleges and universities plan to tackle COVID-19, given state limitations

Phoenix: This is how Arizona colleges and universities plan to tackle COVID-19, given state limitations

Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #COVID-19   As Arizona universities and colleges get ready to welcome students back for the fall semester, they also face a challenge: How to combat COVID-19 on campus while complying with the state's rules that restrict their methods. Schools like Arizona State University had planned to require masks and twice-weekly tests for unvaccinated students, but the governor and lawmakers barred them from taking such action. Now, the public universities are focusing their efforts on encouraging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine byraffling off prizes like scholarship money, gift cards and show tickets and by making vaccines…
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Phoenix: Official – Phoenix Suns re-sign Chris Paul, Cameron Payne

Phoenix: Official – Phoenix Suns re-sign Chris Paul, Cameron Payne

Duane Rankin | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   Phoenix Suns begin officially announcing their free agent signings with the biggest one. Chris Paul. The Suns and the 11-time NBA All-Star have a agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $120 million, league sources informed The Republic on Monday when teams could begin negotiating with free agents. Paul declined a $44.2-million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, thus leading to the 16-year veteran agreeing to a multiyear contract. In his first season in Phoenix a trade with Oklahoma City, Paul led the Suns to the NBA Finals…
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Phoenix: Arizona state senator accused of sexual conduct with minor

Phoenix: Arizona state senator accused of sexual conduct with minor

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com PHOENIX — Democratic Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete has been arrested on suspicion of charges accusing him of sexual conduct with a minor, police said Friday. Police received a report Wednesday about sexual contact that allegedly occurred in 2019. Navarrete, who represents a west Phoenix district, was arrested Thursday after detectives interviewed a juvenile victim and witnesses, police said in a statement. Navarrete, 35, was booked into jail on suspicion of charges that included multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, the statement said. Navarrete did not immediately respond to email and…
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Phoenix: Innovative technology and service solutions for confronting a pandemic

Phoenix: Innovative technology and service solutions for confronting a pandemic

By Cemile Kavountzis, for STChealth Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #covid-19 #business Innovation and empowerment in company culture create a great place to work. The lifesaving practice of vaccination is often traced back to Edward Jenner, an English country doctor who performed the first vaccine for small pox in 1796. However, there is evidence of vaccine research as far back as the 1500s. Today, vaccines are preventative care targeting preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. There have been many milestones in the battle against devastating illnesses. Looking back, the U.S. had successfully eradicated small pox by 1949, a disease which continued…
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Phoenix: Hundreds of COVID-19 safety complaints were filed in Arizona. Only 1% led to citations

Phoenix: Hundreds of COVID-19 safety complaints were filed in Arizona. Only 1% led to citations

Rebekah L. Sanders, Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #covid-19 More than 300 complaints reported COVID-19 safety problems in workplaces, but Arizona regulators cited three companies for virus-related violations. More than 300 Arizonans reported COVID-19 safety problems in their workplaces in the first 12 months of the pandemic, but state regulators cited only three companies for pandemic-related violations, according to public records obtained by The Arizona Republic. The fines ranged from $900 to $3,000. Few workplaces were inspected. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health closed about seven out of eight cases with no site visit after employers described their compliance…
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Phoenix: Ranks No. 4 in nation for rental scams.

Phoenix: Ranks No. 4 in nation for rental scams.

Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   Alex McCarthy started checking out rentals in Tempe when she decided to move from Los Angeles earlier this year. She found a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with new appliances including a washer and dryer that was close to the freeways and light rail. The monthly rent was $1,450, about $500 less than her rent in California for a one-bedroom apartment. McCarthy jumped on it and signed a lease without seeing the home in person. After opening the door to the Tempe condo a few weeks later, she was angry. The second bedroom…
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Phoenix: Yes, restaurant workers can ask if you’re vaccinated.

Phoenix: Yes, restaurant workers can ask if you’re vaccinated.

Priscilla Totiyapungprasert | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   The highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Arizona, prompting some restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale to ask diners for proof of vaccination. Though those businesses are in the minority, they join a slew of other establishments across the United States that require proof of vaccination, including hundreds of bars in San Francisco. Some critics of such policies have falsely argued that this rule is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, a federal law that protects people from having their personal health information shared without their consent. The law, however,…
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Phoenix: Secondhand store opens in tony Biltmore Fashion Park

Phoenix: Secondhand store opens in tony Biltmore Fashion Park

Russ Wiles | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   When Ann Siner opened her first store 30 years ago, she recalls that a lot of people didn't want to admit that they shopped secondhand. The perception of resale outlets was that of tired, dusty stores piled high with all sorts of bric-a-brac — the types of enterprises relegated to dingy strip malls or bleak storefronts. "Even five years ago, Biltmore Fashion Park probably wouldn't have had anything to do with us," she said. It does now. My Sister's Closet, part of the consignment chain Siner owns with her sister Tess Loo, in July opened a store at…
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