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AZ Chamber pushes for overhaul of state-retirement system (access required)

Despite a fairly positive report on the stability of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) earlier this year, a major business group with no direct involvement in the fund is expressing serious concern.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, none of whose member firms has employees enrolled in a public pension plan, is calling for a major overhaul of ASRS to radically change how benefits are calculated for future retirees.

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Recovery outlook gloomy for home construction (access required)

Stimulating Arizona’s economy through the creation of construction jobs in the housing industry is one of the chief priorities of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, but an industry insider says fixed costs and layoffs are making recovery quite difficult.

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UpClose with Lauren Kingry

Lauren Kingry was looking for a way to make some money while attending Friends University in Wichita, Kan., where he took a job working as a mail boy in a family-owned bank. He had no idea it would be the beginning of a four-decade career in banking, leading to a position overseeing the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, the regulating agency for 3,800 businesses across the state.

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Brief rise and fall of the Arizona Cattle Company (access required)

Hidden behind buildings and a school playground along busy Highway 180 in Flagstaff is one of the few remaining historic barns in Arizona. If the walls could talk, they would tell of the ranching life in the 1880s and the quick rise and fall of its probable builders, the Arizona Cattle Company.

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Compromise is needed in Congress

I have been told many times that it takes courage to run for office. Courage is the ability to face difficult issues and never back down. As a business owner I know that there will always be issues and problems to take care of.

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