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‘Ban the Box’ Is it working?

Governor signed order stopping state from asking potential new hires about criminal record in November

In November, Arizona joined more than two dozen other states in giving convicted felons a better shot at getting a job.

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Need2Know: WingSpace ‘co-working’ office opens; Dutch Bros. Coffee coming to Prescott; BloomTree Realty donates to PUSD; Backstreet Indoor Flea Market to shut down

WingSpace ‘co-working’ office opens April 2 A concept that has taken hold in larger cities comes to Prescott on April 2 with the opening of WingSpace.

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Jobless rate up in Arizona, down in Yavapai County

The state’s jobless rate ticked up again in February for the second month in a row.

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Prescott Gateway Mall’s new owner works to resurrect dying malls, with mixed results

High risk, what reward?

The new owner of the Prescott Gateway Mall and his company have a history of buying up troubled malls at bargain-basement prices with plans to turn them around.

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Need2Know: BoSa Donuts coming to Prescott; Artful Eye receives award; Blue Quail VIP Pet Services opens

BoSa Donuts is coming to Prescott Phoenix-area favorite BoSa Donuts will be setting up shop in Prescott, but where and when is still a mystery.

2018 Prescott Job Fair set for March 23

Event will feature more than 800 job and internship opportunities

Interested in a job change?

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Yavapai County a wine mecca?

Mogollon Vineyards to relocate to Dewey-Humboldt

Dewey-Humboldt may have its first vineyard along Highway 69 as Mogollon Vineyards, a family-owned winery located north of Snowflake in the White Mountains, has received approval for a use permit from the Town Council.

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Need2Know: Steve’s Homestyle Café open; Scrubs 4 Less moving; PV Good Samaritan receives 5 stars

Steve’s Homestyle Café now open A new restaurant called Steve’s Homestyle Café has opened at 4641 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley.

Local vineyards, wineries, orchards

Yavapai County produces a number of award-winning wines in Prescott, Jerome and the Verde Valley. Yavapai College’s certificate and degree programs in viticulture and enology at the Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale serve as a hub of education in viticulture industry in the region.

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Revitalizing apple cider

Prescott’s newest apple cider orchard, Stoic Cider, had a successful first year in 2017, producing 70 barrels of cider, both on tap and bottled.

North-Aire Aviation announces professional pilot track agreement with Mokulele Airlines

Prospective students have opportunity to ask questions about program on March 12

North-Aire Aviation, an FAA Part 141 flight school, has signed an agreement with Mokulele Airlines of Hawaii for a professional pilot track.

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Fully autonomous vehicles are getting closer to everyday reality

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, issued March 1, allowing self-driving cars to be tested without human drivers on board, supersedes a previous, more restrictive one issued in 2015.

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Governor talks new, stricter rules for driverless vehicles

With hundreds of them already on Arizona roads, Gov. Doug Ducey is laying out some new — and stricter — rules for autonomous vehicles.

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Need2Know: Downtown Greek Pitas to close; Pasghetti’s brings Italian food to Chino Valley

Dave and Sherry Marino will be shutting down their Downtown Greek Pita restaurant at 148 N. Montezuma on March 11.

Business in Brief: APS refunds, about $5 per home, on the way

Starting Friday, March 2, Arizona Public Service (APS) customers began seeing an average reduction of $5.40 on their monthly electric bill as a result of $119 million in federal corporate tax cuts, the company stated in a news release.

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Tax deadline looms

Here’s what you need to know about filing

April 17 is approaching. Have you done your taxes or set up an appointment with a tax specialist yet?

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Need2Know: Two more Alfonso’s are still on the way; McDonald’s leaving Prescott Walmart; and Ace takes over where Frank & Jesse James Moving left off

Alfonso’s: Two new locations on the way, still The city approval process for two new Alfonso’s Mexican Food restaurants is bogged down, but owner Martin Luna is still confident they’ll be open soon.

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House Speaker wants voters to revisit Prop 206 to level field between employers, workers

Measure would change language, help businesses in court

State lawmakers are moving to make it harder for workers to claim retaliation if they are fired in the wake of claiming they were denied wages or legally entitled time off.

Lawmakers eye tax break on sales of investments

Bill discussion opens debate over who should benefit and at what percentage

Got stocks, land or similar investments?

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Need2Know: FooteWork celebrating 20 years; Sam’s has not sold; Golden Nugget rentals holds open house; Northern Arizona Pain Institute offers new treatment

FooteWork turns 20 In January 1998, Ken Foote opened FooteWork Auto License and Title Service.

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Fire sprinklers for homes save lives, property

Systems growing in popularity, requirements add cost, value

No longer found exclusively in commercial buildings, the fire sprinkler system has moved into homes.

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Business in Brief: Uhl gains regional Chamber re-accreditation

Uhl gains regional Chamber re-accreditation Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce President Marnie Uhl was recognized for renewing her Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) status at the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) annual conference in Henderson, Nevada.

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Self-defense classes growing in popularity

Even kids find a need to fight back, but physical ability is only a part of the battle

If you’re worried about defending yourself in case of an attack, but don’t want to carry a firearm, the natural next choice is martial arts training, and more people are looking into it.

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Need2Know: Dunkin’ Donuts still coming to PV; Munchkinland opening in Prescott; uBreakiFix now open

The Prescott Valley Dunkin’ Donuts, set for the corner of Glassford Hill Road and Centre Court, has been delayed by various situations — including a couple of building plan changes — but is still on track for a groundbreaking by the end of March, said Ben Hooper, Prescott Valley’s Economic Development coordinator.

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Business in Brief: Cheryl Rolland joins Country Bank as Sr. Business Development Officer

Cheryl Rolland joins Country Bank as Sr. Business Development Officer Cheryl Rolland has been hired as Senior Business Development Officer at Country Bank.