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Hanukkah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” is conspicuous for a couple of reasons, namely the interesting lights and decorations and the eight-day length of the holiday.
Thanksgiving is a day of warmth amid a cold season that serves as a sharp contrast to the start of a desolate stretch of months. It’s the start of a stretch that can be quite difficult for families who cannot afford several of the components that fuel the warmth, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing or the camaraderie that comes from spending an afternoon among the people who care.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A Lake Havasu City school's PTA president has been arrested for allegedly using the organization's debit card for her personal expenses.
Starline Elementary School officials told Today's News-Herald Friday that 34-year-old Lisa Badding has been removed from her position as PTA president.
Police arrested Badding Tuesday on charges of credit-card fraud and theft.
According to an arrest report, Badding is accused of using a PTA debit card to for gas, cable bills, fast food as well as withdrawals that amounted to $1,200 in all.
When confronted by police, Badding said she did not recall making the purchases.
Badding has since been released pending her next court date.
She did not return a request for comment Friday night.
The East Valley is home to several farmers markets every week, but what you might not know is that there is more than just local produce offerings available. A handful of these local, small companies work out of a shared kitchen in Chandler owned by AZ Food Crafters and sell their products at farmers markets around the East Valley. Check their websites (listed below) for details on current offerings and market locations.
DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a hole in the wall in Des Moines that's just that: a food joint called Hole in the Wall.
The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't really want more stuff?
Some slightly cheaper turkey and a big drop in the price of those doughy brown-and-serve rolls is going to make the Thanksgiving dinner a bit less expensive this year.
The Mesa Riverview area is getting a massive boost to its hospitality accommodations in the form of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Sheraton River View Hotel. The four-story, 160,000-plus-square-foot facility, directly adjacent to Cubs Park, will feature views of the park and easy access to games, allowing baseball fans to stay as close to the action as physically possible.
Sossaman Middle School in Queen Creek has organized a carnival featuring a wide array of activities for Dec. 5.
The Phoenix International Raceway is teaming up with Phoenix Symphony and Barrett-Jackson Auction Company to celebrate their 50th anniversary through an evening dedicated to music and racing.
With the hustle and bustle of over 80,000 students, workers, and faculty at Arizona State University — one of the nation’s largest universities — making it through one day without waste is nearly impossible.
A local outreach group established by Mesa residents may soon be able to significantly expand its aid to the homeless population of downtown Phoenix. ONe TRUe LOVe (OTL) is completing work on a food truck from which its founders hope to vastly increase the number of people they can serve in the future.
The small, white animals flood into Sharon Hampton’s living room in an instant. It’s Thursday morning at the Westie and Friends AZ Rescue dog shelter in Mesa.
Top-notch education, fast growing community, friendly Hispanic business environment, and overall best city to live in. Gilbert has been recognized and awarded for its excellence in each of these areas.
Adults, children, even dogs are welcome to attend the annual AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix, one of Aunt Rita’s Foundation signature events.
What would you buy with an extra $6 a week?
PHOENIX -- What would you buy with an extra $6 a week? Two gallons of milk? A Big Mac meal? A venti half-caf sugar-free latte?
That's how much more those at the bottom of the pay scale will be making come Jan. 1 when the minimum wage in Arizona goes to $8.05 an hour.
It's not that businesses necessarily want to pay their workers more. It's that Arizona voters in 2006 mandated that the state have its own minimum wage not tied to the federal figure.
More significant, that law requires annual automatic adjustments tied to inflation. The federal minimum wage goes up only when Congress approves, something that last happened in 2009.
It all goes back to that 2006 initiative. It established a state minimum wage of $6.75 an hour, $1.60 higher than what federal law required at the time.
But that law also requires the Industrial Commission to adjust the figure annually based on inflation, as measured as the change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban areas.
So the commission took the current $7.90 an hour minimum wage and multiplied it by the 1.7 percent increase in inflation.
That computes out to about 13.4 cents. But since the law requires rounding to the nearest nickel, the enacted change is 15 cents.
How many workers are affected is unclear, as the state does not maintain such data.
The most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 17,000 Arizonans working at the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage and another 51,000 paid less than that. But the agency cautions that includes those whose jobs are exempt and does not mean employers are violating federal law.
Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which unsuccessfully opposed the 2006 initiative, said his organization remains convinced that a state minimum wage higher than the federal figure is bad not only for business but for those looking for work.
"It's just another expense that makes it more difficult to hire workers,'' he said. Most hard hit, he said are small businesses, particularly in the food service industry.
It is only an 80-cent-an-hour difference from the federal figure. But Hamer said looking at it from an annual basis -- $312 a year -- multiplied by the number of minimum-wage workers ``clearly puts downward pressure on employment.'' All that, he said is these small businesses hire fewer workers.
Steve Chucri, president of the Arizona Restaurant Association, said he has seen in his industry.
"It's hard to find bus boys anymore,'' he said, as restaurants, seeking to keep costs in line, make the wait staff more responsible to clear tables.
And for those establishments that can't cut staff more, particularly in the "quick-serve'' segment, the only alternative is higher prices.
He said the differences between what consumers pay in Arizona versus other states which have no comparable state minimum wage may be subtle and barely noticeable. But he said those differences exist.
Chucri said it becomes very visible where the gap is large, relating how a San Francisco restaurant where he was dining said it was adding 3 percent to all bills for employer mandates. That includes that city's $10.74-an-hour minimum wage, one that proponents hope to hike to $15 an hour by 2018 through a ballot measure.
Hamer said the really troubling part is that annual inflationary increase, with higher wages forced on employers who may not be able to afford it.
He acknowledged that the adjustment is based on the change in the cost of goods and services during the prior year. And Hamer, who said he does the shopping for his family, said he has seen prices go up.
But he said that $7.90 an hour is better than nothing, which is what he said a higher minimum wage may mean to some.
Chucri has a somewhat different take on the issue, saying the wages should be set by the free market. He said if restaurants, diners and fast-food joints can't find people at what they're offering, that will raise wages.
Anyway, he said, that minimum wage is really a "training wage,'' with most of those at that level in the 18-to-25 age group.
"We don't intend to have a single mother of three make the minimum wage and say it's fine,'' he said. Chucri said anyone with experience can demand more.
As it turns out, many Arizona restaurants won't even have to pay that $8.05 figure.
The Arizona law has a major exception: Firms whose workers earn tips get a $3 "credit'' toward the wages. That means even with the hike, those workers still could be paid as little as $5.05 an hour.
But state officials say that requires proof that the employees are, in fact, bringing in at least $3 an hour in tips.
History of Arizona's Minimum Wage
Year / State / Federal
2006 / $5.15 / $5.15
2007 / $6.75 / $5.85
2008 / $6.90 / $6.55
2009 / $7.25 / $7.25
2010 / $7.25 / $7.25
2011 / $7.35 / $7.25
2012 / $7.65 / $7.25
2013 / $7.80 / $7.25
2014 / $7.90 / $7.25
2015 / $8.05 / $7.25
Sources: Industrial Commission of Arizona, U.S. Department of Labor
People looking for a quick, easy meal may consider In-N-Out Burger their best bet, while diners who want a fancy Italian, Mexican or Japanese dish have many restaurants on Mill Avenue to satisfy this craving. But for fresh, local ingredients ready to make any type of meal, the Tempe Farmers Market is the place to go.
A family of four entered a local shelter with tattered clothes and tired eyes, carrying three old garbage bags holding their only belongings. A wave of relief washed over the family as they cautiously walked into the shelter, greeted by barking dogs, a clean playground and an onslaught of accommodating volunteers.
A new eatery in Chandler that will donate a portion of its revenue to area nonprofits is set to open on Oct. 17.
People looking for a quick, easy meal, In-N-Out Burger is probably your best bet, while diners who want a fancy Italian, Mexican or Japanese dish have many restaurants on Mill Avenue to satisfy this craving. But for fresh, local ingredients ready to make any type of meal, the Tempe Farmers Market is the place to go.
Estrogen dominance and estrogen dominant cancers such as breast and prostate cancer are fueled by estrogen overload. Although there are numerous reasons why women predominantly experience estrogen dominance (use of birth control, menopause and pregnancy), millions of men, children and teenagers are increasingly affected by estrogen dominance due to their diet, lifestyle choices and the environment.