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2008 Leaders: Where are they now?

To say that much has occurred since the 2008 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Awards event is quite an understatement. An economic meltdown leading to a near-depression, the election of the first African-American to the U.S. presidency, a changing of the guard in the Executive Tower and chaos in the Legislature while attempting to deal with Arizona's worst budget deficit ever are just a few of the tumultuous events that mark the past 12 months

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Will the show go on? AZ arts orgs plan for survival (access required)

Caught in what could be described as a perfect storm, the Arizona arts community is struggling to stay afloat. Hit by reductions in public funding, cutbacks by corporate donors and a skittish audience that is staying home, arts advocates nevertheless are following that long-standing tradition - the show must go on.

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Historic Preservation: Prop. 207 making it tougher for a city to save this old house (access required)

This William Grier House, built in 1901, could be among the last of its kind in Phoenix - a "unique example of colonial-revival style," according the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office. It could be the last of its kind in another way as well. It was placed on the city's register of historic properties in November 2007. No homes have been listed since.

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Are struggling community banks prepared for a new threat? (access required)

Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge. It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”

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