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Arizona women leaders highlighted in 28th annual Athena Awards

Lauren Clark Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Arizona women leaders highlighted in 28th annual Athena Awards Three of the Valley’s most-accomplished businesswomen were awarded the Athena Award by the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in its annual program to support women in leadership. Melissa Sanderson, vice president of international affairs for Freeport-McMoRan, was selected in the private sector. Arizona School for the Arts CEO Leah Fregulia was awarded in the public sector and attorney Ashley Kasarjian won the young professional award. According to Fortune Magazine, only 5 percent of CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies are female. This is the 28th year the Chamber has held the event designed to honor the work of dynamic women across the Valley. “It’s really great to highlight some of the outstanding female business leaders in the Valley and really show the value of what they’re doing – the impact they’re making on that community,” said Janelle Tassart, the Director of Community Relations for the Chamber, “[These are] truly exceptional people we’re honoring today.” From industries such as law, nonprofits and business, there were 11 finalists in the categories. The winners were Introduced with a brief video during the luncheon held at the Biltmore Resort. “It almost leaves me speechless,” said Sanderson. “Events which specifically honor women, offered by women are just plain rare and that makes the recognition even more special.” Women-led business created...

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Two Arizona lawmakers buck their parties in vote for new House speaker

Adriana Barajas Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Two Arizona lawmakers buck their parties in vote for new House speaker WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers helped the state live up to its maverick reputation Thursday, with two of the state’s nine House members bucking their respective parties in the choice of a new speaker. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., got 236 Republican votes to win the speaker’s job, beating out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who got the votes of 184 Democrats. Together, they accounted for 420 of the 432 votes cast. Of the 12 members who went in a different direction, two were from Arizona. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, joined eight other Republicans backing Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., in a protest vote against Ryan. And Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, cast a tribute vote for longtime Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., an icon of the civil rights movement. “There were some unpredictable votes,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Gosar shows himself to be different,” Kondik said. “As for Sinema’s vote, (it) was totally symbolic.” Sinema’s office confirmed Thursday that her vote was a tribute to Lewis, 50 years after he marched on Selma, Alabama, with the Rev. Martin Luther King. “Congressman Lewis has served with distinction for many years and is one of America’s true heroes,” Sinema said in a statement...

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Cronkite News: Oct. 29, 2015

Staff Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Cronkite News: Oct. 29, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on news out of our Washington, D.C. bureau: Outgoing Speaker John Boehner promising to “clean the barn” for Paul Ryan, by pushing through bills this week on the budget, among others..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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Arizona food prices on the rise in third quarter of 2015

Jessi Schultz Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Arizona food prices on the rise in third quarter of 2015 Food prices are up 6.5 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to the latest survey by the Arizona Farm Bureau, and consumers are noticing. “I do feel that grocery stores in general have gone up in everything,” said Ann Coover, a Phoenix resident and mom of three young kids. The main reason for the higher prices is the cost of beef, particularly sirloin. According to the survey, a pound of sirloin roast increased from $5.98 to $7.65. Tim McCabe, President of Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, says beef is in high demand, yet the supply is low. “We are still feeling the effects of the drought last year which significantly cut down the size of the herds,” he said. “So the price of beef has continued to go up.” Julie Murphree of the Arizona Farm Bureau doesn’t think beef prices will go down any time soon. “To bring an average steer to market for you and I to enjoy in the grocery store, it’s a 24-month growth period for that particular animal,” she said. “So you can’t adjust those supplies over night.” Other foods that saw an increase this quarter were salad mixes, apples, deli ham, chicken breasts and shredded cheese. Salad mix increased 58 cents to $2.98 a bag, apples...

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Oregon fans find safe haven in Scottsdale

Antonio Cannavaro Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Oregon fans find safe haven in Scottsdale With green-and-white banners, a photo-laden shrine to the 2011 BCS Championship and a table with a big yellow “O,” there is no question that the Well Bar in Scottsdale is a University of Oregon bar. Since 2006, the bar on Scottsdale Road has been a little piece of Oregon in Arizona. “We are the Autzen in the desert,” said John Marston, owner of the Well Bar, comparing his establishment to Oregon’s home field in Eugene, Oregon, Autzen Stadium. Marston was born in Eugene, went to high school in Eugene and attended the University of Oregon. Despite these strong connections to Eugene, he moved to Scottsdale, to get away from the gloomy Oregon weather. “I came out here trying to get out of the rain,” Marston said. “(I) bought a bar right next to Sun Devil country and it is so much fun; Made an Oregon bar, which is great because there are so much Oregon people that come to the desert.” Brian Crisp, a relocated Oregonian who has been living in the desert since 1993, watches as many Oregon games as he can at the Well Bar. “I love it here,” Crisp said. “It is like a mini-Autzen Stadium in the desert. Great place for Duck fans to come together, watch games, meet new friends.” On...

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