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

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

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

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 t...
Arizona Researchers, Businesses Produce Health-Related Mobile Apps
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Arizona Researchers, Businesses Produce Health-Related Mobile Apps

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

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 ...
Arizona Inmates Had Lunch Served Up By Pamela Anderson To Promote New Vegan Menus
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Arizona Inmates Had Lunch Served Up By Pamela Anderson To Promote New Vegan Menus

Arizona's Maricopa County Jail received a visit recently from Baywatch actress, model, and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson, at the request of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to promote meat-free menus for the prisoners. According to U.S. News and World Report, Arpaio took meat off the jail's menu back in September 2013 as one of his strategies to cut down on the taxpayer money that the jail uses. The Phoenix Business Journal has stated that Arpaio has also begun to work with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to begin serving vegan meals in the county's jails, in an attempt to increase the nutrition of inmates' diets as well. His new connection with PETA is how Arpaio got in touch with Anderson, who has become an avid PETA spokeswoman in recent years. Photos from the April 15 ev...
Arizona MMA Fighter Could Fight in the TUF 21 Finale
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Arizona MMA Fighter Could Fight in the TUF 21 Finale

While mixed martial arts has long been a controversial topic in Arizona, as in other states, it is becoming increasingly popular for good reason: studies show that 18.1 million Americans participated in karate or some other form of martial art at least once in the past year. Now, a top-ranked athlete based in the Grand Canyon may be scheduled to compete in a heavily-publicized tournament, which could draw more attention to martial arts in the area and help promote local businesses as well. UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that the TUF 21 Finale will take place on July 12 at a Miami-area venue that has yet to be selected. The event, which is broadcast on FOX Sports 1, will feature the tournament final UFC's long-running reality series, TUF 21. Unlike past incarnations, the 10th ...
Proposed Benson Development Could Affect San Pedro River, Local Aquifer
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Proposed Benson Development Could Affect San Pedro River, Local Aquifer

A development proposed for an area near Benson, AZ faces two major hurdles before gaining approval -- if it ever does. A similar development was in the works just before the real estate market crash in the mid-2000s. What's more, there's a growing controversy surrounding the risk that the development could dry up parts of the San Pedro River. El Dorado Holdings, Inc., which is based in Phoenix, has proposed a "mixed development" along Arizona's Route 90. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the development would be 12,324 acres and be comprised of 28,000 homes. Though Benson officials seem to be in favor of the development -- because it has the potential to bring jobs and revenue to the area -- the development is opposed by some environmentalists. The concern is that pumping water for so...
Is Arizona Becoming the Second-Marriage Capital of the United States?
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Is Arizona Becoming the Second-Marriage Capital of the United States?

A new study from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that Arizonans divorce more frequently than the national average -- especially those who are living in the northwestern part of the state. The report says that 24.8% of all men throughout the entire United States have been married at least twice; for women, the amount is slightly less at 24.4%. In Western cultures like the U.S., these figures aren't entirely uncommon, as at least 90% of people in these parts of the world have been married at least once by the age of 50. Arizona, however, is above the national average: 28% of men and 28.3% of women have been married two times or more. But Mohave County in northwest Arizona has some of the highest figures in the country and topped the nation for highest divorce figures out of all metropoli...
Tempe Could Be First Arizona City To Make It Illegal for Drivers To Smoke With Kids in the Car
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Tempe Could Be First Arizona City To Make It Illegal for Drivers To Smoke With Kids in the Car

The city of Tempe is considering a new regulation that is intended to protect children against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and according to AZFamily.com, the new law could go into effect within a matter of weeks. Under the new legislation, it would be illegal for adults to smoke while driving a vehicle with children in the backseat. AZ Central notes that this law would consider the offense to be a secondary traffic violation, rather than a primary violation. In other words, police officers wouldn't be able to pull over drivers simply for smoking while operating a motor vehicle; but if the driver is pulled over for another traffic violation, the officer can give out a traffic citation if the driver also has a cigarette lit and has a child in the backseat. Tempe Councilman Dav...