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Need Good News? Families and Schools Thankful For Back To School Donations

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

It’s time for the kids to gather up their supplies, put on their cool new clothes, strap on their backpacks, and hop back on the bus. Back to school season can be one of the most exciting times of the year. Unfortunately, there are plenty of families across the country that dread these stressful days because they simply don’t have the money to afford high quality backpacks, folders, pens and pencils, rulers, scissors, crayons, binders, calculators, new clothes, and other school supplies for their kids. Luckily, countless families in need can depend on the many Good Samaritans out there who would love to help them out. Many donated products are given new life in the U.S. and abroad. Internationally, more than 14.3 million tons of donated American textiles help clothe people and families across the globe. But when it...

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Arizona State’s Tooker House Offers High-Tech Living To Engineering Students

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

For some, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in technology. After all, it seems like there’s at least one new gadget making headlines every day. But for engineering students at Arizona State University, it’s just become that much easier to keep up with technological trends. Now, their residence hall comes equipped with everything from 3-D printers to Amazon Echo Dot virtual assistants. Tooker Hall, a new facility meant to house 1,600 ASU engineering education students, recently opened with quite a bit of fanfare. Kyle Squires, the dean of Fulton Schools of Engineering at the university, explains what they’re trying to accomplish with the new digs. “Innovation has a new home address at Tooker House,” said Squires to American School and University. “This mixed-use living and learning facility sets a new standard in...

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Home Depot and Lowe’s Aren’t Amazon-Proof After All…

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Working on a home is one of the joys of being a homeowner. And to do these home improvement projects, one generally has to go to the right stores to get the materials that they need. Despite this, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s may be under threat from a newcomer in the field: Amazon. Lowe’s and Home Depot have long been touted as being “Amazon-proof”, but that fact might not be so certain anymore, analysts believe. The information comes from a CNBC.com article about the quarterly earnings of Lowe’s, with many investors paying attention to the impact that Amazon had on the retailer. One of the individuals watching the earnings is Boris Schlossberg, the managing director of foreign exchange strategy at BK Asset Management. The expectation is that Amazon’s e-commerce convenience has negatively impacted home improvement...

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AZ Lawmakers Take Aim At Attorneys Who File Disability Lawsuits

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Earlier this month, hundreds of new laws debuted in Arizona. One, in particular, has been subject to quite a bit of debate in recent years and involves local businesses that are being sued for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. But instead of punishing the businesses, this law actually restricts who can file lawsuits pertaining to issues of disability access. Lawmakers found that instead of protecting Americans who are living with disabilities, these lawsuits are often an attempt by attorneys to make a quick buck. Since 2013, filings connected to alleged ADA violations have spiked by 150%. In Arizona, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich, there were more than 2,000 “copy-and-paste type lawsuits” like these clogging the state’s court system in 2015, when Brnovich took office. He alleges that an organization called the Advocates for Individuals...

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Arizona Shelter Dogs Escape Death, Find New Home In Delaware

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

On Sunday, August 13, approximately 160 dogs made their way to Delaware. Prior residents of the Phoenix animal shelter, the dogs landed in New Castle County Airport ready for their forever homes. According to AZ Central, the transportation of the dogs came at a time of crisis for the shelter. In the heat of the summer months, the shelter had become terribly overcrowded, and with no homes for the pups, there was likely to be only one alternative for many of the dogs. Fortunately, the shelter found help from various organizations including GreaterGood.org, a charity specializing in improving animal welfare, which funded the flight of Delaware’s new furry friends. The flight was also funded by Wings of Rescue, a charity that works to airlift animals in life-threatening situations. “It’s no small feat, logistically, to get all those animals to...

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Arizona Tourism Breaks Records, But Residents Still Struggle To Achieve Financial Security

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

According to research recently released by the Arizona Office of Tourism, a record-breaking 43 million overnight visitors spent time in the Grand Canyon State last year. But while they funneled in $58 million per day, other data shows that full-time AZ residents are less financially secure than those who live elsewhere in the United States. Domestic visitation increased by 2.7% from the previous year, with most visitors hailing from California, New York, and Illinois. Those who visited Arizona last year spent $21.2 billion total, which equates to more than $40,000 every minute. And that spending directly supported approximately 184,000 jobs throughout the state. Throughout the U.S., one out of nine jobs depends on travel and tourism. Since Arizona is an outdoor adventurer’s dream, it’s no surprise that the tourism-related positions in the state generated $6.5 billion in employment revenue...

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