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Americans Can’t Afford To Get Away, But AZ Workers Most Likely To Take A Trip

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Research shows that taking a trip has numerous benefits on one’s well-being. Not only can just planning a vacation make you happier, but 53% of employed American adults come back feeling refreshed after a trip. That often results in higher levels of productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction. But a new poll has found that 43% of Americans aren’t going to be taking a vacation this summer — and the number one reason is that they simply can’t afford it. The poll, conducted by the Associated Press, found that a huge portion of working Americans won’t be able to take a summer vacation, with 49% of those respondents citing that cost was the barrier. Around 11% said they couldn’t take the time off from work, and 3% said they simply don’t like to be away from their jobs. In...

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Arizona Commission Given Warning By Federal Officials To Cease Employer Penalty Reductions

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s reduction in employer penalties regarding workers’ deaths and injuries has been deemed non-permissible by federal officials. A federal investigation led by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) officials found that the commission’s actions violated the laws of Arizona. The commission was warned by the officials to cease their reductions of employer penalties immediately. OSHA officials investigated the commission after receiving a complaint in December from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. According to the Arizona Capital Times, the “agency had been monitoring state commission meetings for months previously.” The monitoring of the state commission paid off. OSHA officials reported the Arizona workplace safety agency’s practice of reducing employer penalties regarding worker’s injuries and death to be “operating outside of its legal authority by reclassifying violations” and therefore “must cease altering the classification...

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Restaurant Week Preparations – Get Ready For September 2017

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For the food lovers out there, especially those that love eating out, there is sad news. The Arizona Restaurant Week has ended, and that means 130 Phoenix restaurants offering fine dining at good rates is no longer occurring. The event, which kicked off on Friday, May 19 and lasted until May 28, is a biannual festival that takes place in the city. At the various restaurants, fine meals are offered at a price of $33 and $44, for three-course Prix-Fixe menus, at venues across the state. Included in these were national chains like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and plenty of local restaurants offering special menus for the week. There was a lot of work put into mapping out the various restaurants, and their menus, and it can all be found at the event site here. But the just because they...

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Arizona Food Hub Appeals to Foodies, Vegans, and Those Looking For the Biggest Bite

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

According to experts and state officials, Arizona is the place to grab a bite — especially if you have a discerning palette, have embraced a vegan lifestyle, or simply want the biggest meal you can imagine. By the year 2020, the global tableware market is projected to exceed $41 billion. Of course, local restaurants eat up a good portion of that. And between last month’s Arizona Restaurant Week and the PHX Vegan Food Festival in February, foodies are starting to flock to the area for the latest and greatest in local dishes. Back in 2015, the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recognized the city of Tucson for its gastronomy scene’s local food production and investment in natural resources. But while Zagat recently gave Phoenix and Scottsdale the number nine spot on its up-and-coming food cities list, most...

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Arizona Arts Programs Threatened By Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Local News | 0 comments

In 2011, a University of London study discovered that when subjects looked at a beautiful painting, blood flow to the “joy response” portion of the brain increased by 10%. When you experience art that touches you in some way — be it sculpture, dance, theater, music, or any other kind — the brain reacts as if you’re looking at a loved one. But if Trump’s proposed cuts to arts funding go through, that elation may be much harder to come by in Arizona. In the budget blueprint that was released on March 16, Trump outlined his plans for cuts to federal funding. The blueprint eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This means that arts, culture, and even public radio...

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