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Cronkite News: Dec. 18, 2015

Staff Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 Cronkite News: Dec. 18, 2015 This special edition of Cronkite News focuses on reports from our borderlands beat..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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Will the ‘Seahawks effect’ catch on for home buyers in Arizona?

Amy Edelen Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 Will the ‘Seahawks effect’ catch on for home buyers in Arizona? A shortage of homes on the market and multiple-offer situations have fueled buyers to create strategies to get ahead of the competition. One game plan ¬– the “Seahawks Strategy” – has worked for some Seattle homebuyers, and experts say the method could catch on in Arizona. The strategy suggests buyers shop for a home during their home team’s Sunday football game to get the best deal because people will be watching the game instead of house hunting. With the success and fan base of the Arizona Cardinals, could the “Seahawks Strategy” work for potential homebuyers here? Nick McCully, principal of Scottsdale-based Strong Tower Real Estate Group, thinks so. “I think it’s just another tool in someone’s belt. So yeah, I think it could catch on,” he said. “Especially if you are a buyer, it might give you a competitive advantage or edge on buying that property.” Read more: Seattle micro-housing: Could it catch on in Arizona? Homes in the Phoenix metro area were on the market an average of 73 days in October, according to a report by the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. But, that number is shrinking with more people buying and selling closer to listing price, McCully said. “Most properties get multiple offers, and it’s getting to the point...

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Mixed results on Sky Harbor holiday travel report card

Rian Bosse Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 Mixed results on Sky Harbor holiday travel report card With increased numbers of travelers at airports all over the country, flying can be a hassle during the holidays. But for those leaving Sky Harbor airport, there are several airlines that consistently get travelers in the air on time through the busy season, according to an analysis of travel statistics. “This year, we have had an increase in passengers month over month. We are anticipating a busy holiday season,” Heather Lissner, public information manager for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, said in an email. “For the Thanksgiving holiday, we [anticipated] about a 30 percent increase in passenger traffic the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.” Looking ahead to December and early-January travel, that demand will continue to challenge airlines at Sky Harbor. Over the years, government travel data show that some carriers have fared well keeping travelers moving on time, while others have had trouble. In the past five years, U.S. Airways had the highest percentage of on-time departures from Sky Harbor during the holiday season, according to data gathered from the Bureau of Travel Statistics . Over that time period, 87.2 percent of the airline’s flights left the Phoenix airport on time. U.S. Airways finished a merger with American Airlines this year, however, and the two will officially operate together for...

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Cronkite News: Dec. 17, 2015

Staff Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 Cronkite News: Dec. 17, 2015 This special edition of Cronkite News focuses on stories about technology and innovation..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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Theranos review puts spotlight on direct access lab testing

Claire Cleveland Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 Theranos review puts spotlight on direct access lab testing Theranos, a blood testing company and lab that operates in 40 different Walgreens around the Valley, has been scrutinized for its proprietary technology and methods. But that does not mean the Arizona law that allows patients to obtain blood tests and results without prior review by a doctor – a law that Theranos helped author – is in jeopardy. “The legislation that passed earlier this year gave Arizonans more choice and input over their health care management, and provided cost-savings to consumers and to the health care system. Theranos is voluntarily complying with the FDA’s review of the testing methods, and Arizona’s Department of Health continues to monitor developments,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. Theranos is a Silicon Valley start-up that made CEO Elizabeth Holmes the world’s youngest billionaire. The company is using Arizona as its test market. Theranos offers more than 250 blood tests ranging from $1 to $120, and has developed finger-prick technology using a small collection tube called a nanotainer that Theranos claims allows these tests to be done on a few drops rather than a traditional vile of blood. The Federal Drug Administration is testing the device and has yet to approve it. Theranos is licensed and inspected just like any other lab in the state, said...

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