KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

New Brewery Kickstarted in Prescott

Granite Mountain Brewing Co. opened its doors in August after a successful Kickstarter campaign helped the co-founders raise over $18,000.
Zac Ziegler

Just north of Prescott’s historic downtown Courthouse Plaza sits Arizona’s newest brewery.

Granite Mountain Brewing Company opened its doors about a month ago.

The room smells of fresh hops and barley.

Just behind the large, hand-carved wooden bar is the brewery’s three-barrel brewing equipment.

If starting a new business during a recession seems a bit risky, it didn’t stop this brewery’s owners.

In fact, they saw some advantages.

Amanda Richardson and Michael Stanger are two of the brewery’s co-founders:

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Housing Market in Flagstaff May be Looking Up

Across the country the housing market appears to be picking up.

In Phoenix home prices are up nearly 14 percent over last year.

And Flagstaff may soon be seeing improvement too.

Jim Snook sells houses for Dallas Real Estate, and he’s the past president of the Northern Arizona Realtor’s Association.

He’s also a numbers guy.

And Snook says the housing market in central Flagstaff is starting to look up again.

For example, houses were selling faster this August than two years ago.

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State Capitol News
4:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Fmr Mexican President Vicente Fox Urges Closer Ties with US

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox makes his case Thursday for greater economic cooperation -- and use of Mexican migrant labor -- to bolster the economies of both his country and the United States.
Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

Vicente Fox warned today that unless this country works closer with Mexico -- and recognizes the benefits of immigrant labor -- it will end up playing second fiddle to China.

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State Capitol News
9:24 am
Fri August 17, 2012

AZ Lottery Had Best Year Ever

The economy may still be on the mend. And the jobless rate is still north of 8 percent. But there's been a jump in those trying to scratch it rich.

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State Capitol News
4:23 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Good and Bad News of AZ's Jobless Rates

The state's jobless rate jumped a bit last month. But that may hide some of the good news.

On paper, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.3 percent. And the number of people working last month was less than in June. But economist Aruna Murthy of the state Department of Administration said Arizona always loses jobs in July. More to the point, the losses this year were only half as much as what usually happens. What also is significant is this is the fifth month in a row where the year-over-year growth in private sector employment is higher than 2 percent.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:19 am
Wed August 1, 2012

SnowFlake Paper Mill to Close

One of the largest employers in Navajo County began handing out pink slips today.  And community leaders are worried about the impact on small towns already struggling in a tough economy.

More than 300 people work at the paper mill in Snowflake in northeastern Arizona, or they did until Tuesday. Catalyst Paper, the mill’s owner announced it was closing September 30th.

The company says the demand for newsprint has dropped every year since it took over the mill in 2008. That and increased operational costs forced the closure

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State Capitol News
9:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Cost of Beef is Inflating Family Grocery Bill

Erik Calonius

The cost of feeding your family is going up, at least a bit. 

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State Capitol News
8:59 am
Tue July 24, 2012

AZ Economy Showing Modest Growth

Retail sales last month were $4.05 billion. On paper, that's $100 million less than the same month a year earlier. But the Department of Revenue reports that the June 2011 figures were skewed to the tune of about $280 million because of how certain sales were classified. When that figure is backed out, the year-over-year growth is about 4.5 percent. Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said that's not bad.

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State Capitol News
5:55 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

State's Jobless Rate Steady, But Recovery Not Stalled

The state's jobless rate remained at 8.2 percent for the third month in a row. But a closer look at the data suggests that does not mean the recovery here has stalled.

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5:20 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Trade Between U.S., Mexico Tops $500 Billion

This new rail bridge under construction linking Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico is a symbol of the growing trade relations between the two countries.
Peter O'Dowd KJZZ

Trade between the United States and Mexico reached half a trillion dollars in 2011. Cross-border commerce is growing despite escalating drug violence in Mexico.

The final tally came out to $500 billion in goods and services traded between the two countries, according to a paper by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies.

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