Author Archives: Christine Rogel, Cronkite News Service

‘I have the best job in the world’; Doctor offers mobile medicine to homeless kids

A little girl laughs in an exam room and then, feeling the prick of a needle, buries her face in her mother's shoulder and cries as she's vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain. She and 14 other children might not have been unanimously enthusiastic about the flu clinic Dr. Randy Christensen offered recently at the UMOM New Day Shelter. But Darlene Newsom, the shelter's CEO, said the care Christensen provides youth through the Crews'n Healthmobile program is essential.

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Brewer: Long-term solution to Arizona’s economic woes depends on jobs

While a temporary sales tax increase would help address Arizona's budget crisis, a long-term solution will depend on attracting firms that offer high-paying jobs, Gov. Jan Brewer told business leaders Nov. 4. "Our future pivots on our ability to create jobs, better jobs, permanent jobs and more of them," Brewer said at a Greater Phoenix Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Brewer: Expanded Nogales port will boost international trade

NOGALES - Expanding the Mariposa Port of Entry here will reduce delays in each direction, boost international trade and enhance security, Gov. Jan Brewer said Oct. 22. "The expansion will benefit real people who are at the heart of international trade," Brewer said. "We have yet to realize the potential of the trade between Arizona and Sonora."

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Report ranks Arizona ninth nationally in state, local reliance on sales taxes

Arizona ranks ninth nationally in its reliance on sales taxes to fund its state and local governments, according to a report by a nonpartisan tax research organization. The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation found that 48.4 percent of Arizona's tax base came from general sales taxes and from selective sales taxes on motor fuel, tobacco, insurance premiums, public utilities, amusements and alcoholic beverages.

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Supporters: Law raising microbrewery production limit good for Arizona firms, jobs

Jim Scussel and his partners started Four Peaks Brewing Co. 13 years ago as a brewery and tasting room, rolling out kegs of Scottish Ale, Four Peaks Ale and Arizona Peach to restaurants and bars. Four Peaks later opened a restaurant at its brewery in Tempe and another in north Scottsdale. And consumers now can purchase Kilt Lifter and its other brews at grocery and convenience stores around the state.

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