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McAlister’s Deli fast casual restaurant chain to expand operations in Phoenix

Jason Axelrod Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 McAlister’s Deli fast casual restaurant chain to expand operations in Phoenix When it comes to fast casual sandwich-oriented restaurant chains, Arizonans might be most familiar with names like Corner Bakery, Jason’s Deli and Panera Bread. But McAlister’s Deli, a Mississippi-based fast-casual deli chain, has been building its brand recognition in the Valley over the past few years, with plans to expand it further. “That was probably biggest challenge, just getting people even to know who we were,” said Kody Linsacum, director of operations for the two McAlister’s Deli franchises on Tatum Boulevard in north Phoenix and Bell Road in Peoria, which are owned by Mountain Investment Group. Linsacum said the Phoenix location, which has been open for nearly three years, took about a year to secure steady foot traffic. The group’s Peoria location, which opened in November, took just three months to see the same. “Once we got that word-of-mouth out to people, we started to do pretty good,” he said. That familiarity may help with McAlister’s Deli’s planned expansion into the Phoenix market. Earlier this month, the chain announced it had signed franchise agreements to open five locations in the metro area over the next four years. “We’ve seen how the brand has been received in the marketplace, and that gives us confidence that we can further expand into the west, in...

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Phoenix man’s nightmare inspires Bloodhound, an app to locate missing people

Lauren Clark Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Phoenix man’s nightmare inspires Bloodhound, an app to locate missing people William Scot Grey spent nearly 36 hours in panic nearly a year ago. His father, Ray, had not returned home from walking his dog. Minutes turned into hours, which turned into more than a day. “It’s a painful experience to think that your dad is freezing to death or dying,” Phoenix resident William Grey said. “(Your dad has) always been there for you. And suddenly, you’re racing around trying to help him out and you can’t.” Twenty miles away from his home, Ray Grey was found in an abandoned shopping area near Central Avenue and Thomas Road. Although both his dad and the dog were safe, William Grey continued to worry. Doctors had diagnosed Ray Grey with dementia, and his son predicted the wandering episode would likely occur again. William Grey said he realized that he passed his father’s location many times during his search, and he could have brought him home sooner. The experience led William Grey to develop his new app: Bloodhound. Local apps compete in Phoenix competition The Phoenix Smart City App Hack, co-hosted by the city of Phoenix and the Institute for Digital Progress, promotes development of civic-focused mobile or web-based apps. Here are the five local finalists seeking to head to the international championships in Barcelona, Spain,...

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Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

James Anderson Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar Poor reading results from third-graders’ first round with the state’s new AzMERIT test aren’t bad news to one education advocate. Pearl Chang Esau, CEO of Expect More Arizona calls it a sign that Arizona has finally raised the bar. “This is kind of a pain-point,” said Chang Esau, whose group promotes a stronger education system. “It’s the moment where we look at ourselves in the mirror and acknowledge that when we raise the bar to a nationally competitive level – that this is currently where our students are.” Preliminary scores from Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) released last month showed that 44 percent of third-graders scored minimally proficient – the lowest category – in the English Language Arts test. In contrast, 3 percent of third-graders scored in the lowest category of the now-replaced AIMS reading test in 2014. Advocates and policymakers attribute the disparity to a freshly implemented and much more difficult test. “We’ve known for a while that our standards were too low,” Chang Esau said. AzMERIT replaced AIMS as Arizona’s statewide achievement assessment in November 2014 and was first administered during spring of this year. Chang Esau and others said it would be unwise to compare results from the two tests or to conclude that the competency of Arizona...

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Proposal: Fees from legalizing marijuana could go to help schools

Julia Thatcher Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 Proposal: Fees from legalizing marijuana could go to help schools Legalizing marijuana could lead to more money for K-12 schools if an Arizona proposal becomes law..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cronkite News: Sept. 8, 2015

Cronkite News Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 Cronkite News: Sept. 8, 2015 This episode of Cronkite News focuses on birthright citizenship, marijuana legalization in Arizona and progress on the football stadium renovations at Arizona...

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