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Home Buying Gets Easier in Phoenix for Iraq War Veteran and Other First Responders

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

For Iraq War veterans like Gus Montez, becoming a homeowner can seem impossible due to the high costs of property, despite current low interest rates. But after turning to KTAR’s “That Real Estate Show” in Phoenix, Montez, a 52-year-old collision investigator with the Mesa Police Department, was able to achieve that goal — thanks to the show’s Unsung Heroes program and discounts provided to first responders. Last month, Montez was able to move into a brand new home in San Tan Valley. Because interest rates were so low, Montez decided that it was time to go from renting to owning. But on his own, he was unable to afford a home. Then he heard about the Unsung Heroes program on KTAR, which he’d been listening to for years. Montez then worked with Diane Brennan, host of “That Real Estate...

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Arizona Ranks 4th in Number of Civilian Deaths Caused by Police Between 2013 and 2015

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

New research is revealing that Arizona has had the fourth-highest number of fatal shootings by police over the past two years, with 93 individuals killed during 2013, 2014, and the first quarter of 2015. The report was compiled using information from a database, Fatal Encounters, and assessed the total number of civilian fatalities in all 50 states, during the same time period, for which law enforcement officials were responsible. According to the database, Arizona is the 15th-largest state in terms of population, but ranked just behind California, Florida, and Texas in terms of fatal civilian shootings. California ranked first, with 323 fatalities caused by police during the two-year period. Texas came in second place with 188, and Florida came in third place with 165. Because the data is so recent, the president of Fatal Encounters, Brian Burghart, says that...

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One of Arizona’s Largest Rooftop Solar Companies Relocates 85 Workers to Other States

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Across the United States, many homeowners are investing in one of the biggest advances in roof technology: solar panels. Installing solar panels on your roof not only reduces reliance on traditional utilities, but can also increase your home’s value. After all, a new roof even without solar technology can yield a return on investment of up to 75%, and solar panels are just as effective. However, thanks to a recent increase in solar rates, one of the largest rooftop solar installers in Arizona says it is relocating at least 85 of its 900 Arizona workers out of state, and more may follow. On Wednesday, April 29, the CEO of SolarCity, Lyndon Rive, announced that the solar rate fees approved by the Salt River Project in February are too restrictive, hampering the potential for nearly all of their customers to...

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Arizona Researchers, Businesses Produce Health-Related Mobile Apps

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona researchers and small business owners are leading the way in mobile app development, especially when it comes to health and wellness apps. The Daily Wildcat reports that several Arizona organizations have been developing, releasing, and experimenting with mobile apps designed to address health issues. See Me Smoke-Free, for example, is an app created by a professor at the University of Arizona (UA) designed to help women quite smoking and improve their overall health. The app allows users to set up goals, listen to soothing music, and read about tobacco and its effects on the body — all of which is designed to help the user gradually quit smoking. “It’s primarily aimed at getting women to feel good about themselves and to live a healthier lifestyle,” said associate professor Judith Gordon, the app’s creator. Gordon, who teaches at the...

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How Arizona’s Newest Hospital Was Funded By a Federal Green Card Program for Foreign Investors

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Most small businesses invest in predictable industries that are certain provide a tangible return on investment (ROI) in the form of increased sales or resource savings; whether businesses choose to invest in marketing (35%), sales (28%), or technology (22%), it’s easy to see why these are the top three sectors for investing. But the developing company McDowell Enterprises, which is behind Arizona’s new Green Valley Hospital, is trying out a new type of ROI for foreign investors: Green Cards. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Green Valley Hospital began participating in the federal EB-5 immigration program after the recession caused a strain on the hospital’s finances. Under the program, foreign investors can apply for Green Cards for themselves and their immediate family if (1) they invest at least $500,000 into a U.S. project, and (2) that project creates at...

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