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Analysis: College men's basketball grosses $2 billion

From Higher Education Tribune

Though excluded from the NCAA tournament, University of Louisville men's basketball tops the list of highest grossing programs with nearly $44 million – or $2.9 million per athlete – in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

Say goodbye to your Sam’s Club? Arizona has 4 stores on the list

Walmart will close Sam’s Club stores in Casa Grande and other locations, the company announced.

Phoenix’s Sprouts Farmers Market holding best burger competition

The professional butchers at Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market recently kicked off grilling season, showcasing its all-natural beef and offering tips and recipes.

Pima Animal Care Center director to aid in national no-kill shelter initiative

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) Director of Operations Jose Ocano has been selected by the Best Friends Animal Society to become part of a national effort to help shelters become no-kill facilities by 2025.

PetSmart grant to aid Pima Animal Care Center adoption efforts

In the 18 months since establishing an offsite adoption program at local PetSmart stores, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) said it has placed more than 2,300 homeless dogs and cats in forever homes, and thanks to a grant exceeding $85,000 from PetSmart Charities, the organization will be able to continue its offsite adoption program for another year.

Two longtime Associa Arizona employees take key positions in Tucson

Homeowners association management company Associa Arizona said two longtime employees have been promoted to key positions in of its Tucson office.

Associa Arizona to manage community associations in Surprise, Tucson foothills

Associa Arizona recently said in a news release that it has been hired to manage the associations of Surprise Farms II and Sunrise Territory Village.

Phoenix-area Domino's seeking 300 new team members

Domino's locations in the greater Phoenix area, all 59 of them, are seeking 300 new team members. The job openings at the pizza restaurant chain are for delivery drivers, customer service representatives and assistant managers.

Sprouts Farmers Market executive chairman to step down

Doug Sanders told board of directors of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. last week that he intends to resign as executive chairman, effective Feb. 20, so he can focus his efforts on his new appointment as CEO of a technology company.

CyrusOne buys 29 acres to expand its data center campus in Chandler

CyrusOne has purchased 29 acres in the Continuum Business Park in Chandler to expand the company's data center campus to more than 85 acres, making it one of the largest data-center campuses in the United States.

Pizza Patron plans three new locations in Tucson

Pizza Patron, known for its Pizza for Pesos program, has signed a three-store development agreement with local entrepreneur George Wise for new locations in Tucson, adding to its 11 locations in Arizona and expanding its presence nationwide.

Western Refining, Northern Tier Energy announce merger proration results

Western Refining Inc. and Northern Tier Energy LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of WNR, have received the merger consideration proration results from American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC, in connection with the merger of NTI and a subsidiary of WNR.

State Farm to add 1,000 employees at Tempe office

State Farm Insurance recently said its Marina Heights location will hire more than 1,000 full- and part-time associates this year to fill positions in claims, sales and customer service at the Tempe customer contact center.

Tax firm Ryan named among top 100 Arizona employers

Ryan, a global tax services firm with offices in Scottsdale, has been named to the 2016 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona.

Mesa-based B2B CFO reaches sales milestone

Mesa-based B2B CFO, the nation’s largest CFO (chief financial officer) and business transitions services firm, released a summary showcasing its expertise in exit strategy leadership and highlighting the widespread adoption of its exit strategy software.

AT&T invests $350 million in Phoenix-area telecom improvements

AT&T siad Tuesday it has invested almost $350 million in wireless improvements in the Phoenix area over the past three years.

Waste Management always on the lookout for green initiatives in Arizona

The grass is greener -- and cleaner -- at the TPC Scottsdale golf course thanks to Waste Management’s  (WM) sponsorship of the PGA’s biggest tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, held there each February, but WM staffers keep their eyes peeled year-round for ways to improve the environment. 

Kraton Performance Polymers completes Arizona Chemical Company deal

Houston-based Kraton Performance Polymers Inc., which had announced its plans to acquire Arizona Chemical Company in September, said this week it has purchased all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Arizona Chemical Holdings Corporation.

Nobilis Health expands hospital network to Phoenix area

Nobilis Health Corp. announced today its intention to jointly own and oversee the former Freedom Pain Hospital located in Scottsdale, Arizona, significantly expanding its presence in the American Southwest.

Praxair signs deal to purchase helium from Apache County gas field

Global helium producer and supplier Praxair said Tuesday it has signed a long-term contract to purchase up to 100 million standard cubic feet of helium annually from Nacogdoches Oil & Gas (NOG), operator of an Apache County helium-bearing gas field.

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