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Arizona Department of Corrections Faked Temperature Logs for Hot Summer Months
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Arizona Department of Corrections Faked Temperature Logs for Hot Summer Months

Some Arizona Prison officials have been caught faking air conditioning logs as part of an alleged cover up of inhumane conditions for both staffers and prisoners. Back in 2014, The Arizona Department of Corrections was the subject of a lawsuit, Parsons v. Ryan, which claimed that the DOC's treatment of inmates was unconstitutional. As part of this lawsuit, prisons all over the state had to submit temperature logs showing indoor temperatures for the summer months. But examiners are finding that not all logs were realistic; in a summer where the temperatures outside consistently reached triple digits, one prison only recorded temperatures in the 80s. In this case, these logs were filled out days in advance. It became a rule under Parsons v. Ryan that all state correctional fac...
3 Things You Should Think About Before Selling a Business
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3 Things You Should Think About Before Selling a Business

There are many reasons to sell a business. It may be that the current owner seeks a change of pace or a new opportunity, or maybe it is a financially beneficial move on the part of the owner. Maybe the owner is retiring, the number one reason to sell according to IBBA Market Pulse. Regardless of why the decision to sell is being considered, there are a number of factors that need to be given careful thought before any documents are signed. Selling a business is a permanent step; once it's done, the business is sold and it can't be reclaimed. So to help business owners out there make the right choice, here are a few things to consider: Selling A Business Before Retirement: Consider The Emotional Impact Retiring can be an emotional time period and one full of uncertainty. Retirees a...
Insys Therapeutics Inc. Sued by Arizona Over Unlawful Prescription of Synthetic Opioid
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Insys Therapeutics Inc. Sued by Arizona Over Unlawful Prescription of Synthetic Opioid

The state of Arizona is in the process of suing Insys Therapeutics Inc., accusing the company of fabricating a scam to increase sales of Subsys, a cancer pain medication. The accusation states Insys paid doctors to write prescriptions for Subsys and convinced the patients' insurance providers they had cancer in order to receive the opioid. Along with the company, three doctors, Steve Fanto, Nikesh Seth, and Sheldon Gingerich, are also being sued for writing unnecessary prescriptions. These prescriptions generated over $33 million in sales between March of 2012 and April of 2017. This lawsuit seeks for the defendants to be terminated from participating in unfair or deceptive acts, restitution for customers, and the discharging of any illegally gained profits. Each violation will cost ...
Need Good News? Families and Schools Thankful For Back To School Donations
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Need Good News? Families and Schools Thankful For Back To School Donations

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

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

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...
AZ Lawmakers Take Aim At Attorneys Who File Disability Lawsuits
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AZ Lawmakers Take Aim At Attorneys Who File Disability Lawsuits

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 B...
Arizona Shelter Dogs Escape Death, Find New Home In Delaware
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Arizona Shelter Dogs Escape Death, Find New Home In Delaware

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

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 ...
The Complicated, Confusing Meaning Of ‘Made In USA’
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The Complicated, Confusing Meaning Of ‘Made In USA’

American manufacturing is having a bit of a moment in 2017, thanks in large part to some close attention from the White House. President Trump rode into office on the promise of a greater American manufacturing industry, and millions of workers are eager to see him deliver on those promises. To that end, President Trump recently hosted "Made in America" week at the White House, where he celebrated American-made goods. But what exactly does it mean when an item is designated as "Made In The USA?" It's a lot more complicated than you may think. Somewhere around 50% of products "Made In America" require welding, but the Federal Trade Commission is actually the body that determines who earns this coveted label. No matter how much welding or American labor went into the product, the l...