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Analysis: Pima, Yuma and Cochise counties have highest property tax rates in Arizona

With an effective property tax rate of 1.04 percent, Pima County has the highest tax rate among Arizona counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

Private colleges, universities report borrower default rate of 8.2%

From Higher Education Tribune

At United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, 41.4 percent of borrowers who started repaying student loans in 2014 defaulted on those loans by the end of 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

State, county officials shift funding to address Phoenix's homelessness issue

While sleeping mats have been available for homeless individuals on 11th Avenue and West Jackson’s Human Services Campus in Phoenix, state and county officials have unanimously agreed to redirect funding originally intended for temporary overflow shelters to permanent housing solutions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield expands telehealth offerings

This move will help Arizonans have more options when it comes to getting health care and to pave easier medical access for those who do not have the means.

Analysis: College baseball grosses $684 million

From Higher Education Tribune

Louisiana State University baseball tops the list of highest grossing programs, reporting more than $6.4 million – or $182,464 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Florida State University ($6 million), Vanderbilt ($5.9 million), UT Austin ($7 million) and University of Mississippi ($5 million), according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

Credit Union West honors U.S. military veterans with reserved parking space

Credit Union West is honoring those who serve in the military with reserved parking spaces for veterans at six of its branch locations in Phoenix.

Avondale Public Library will accept food for fines through May

In an effort to fill the shelves of local food banks, Avondale Public Library will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for fines through its Food for Fines program.

City of Surprise releases results from retail/restaurant survey

The City of Surprise recently released results of its identifying the most liked restaurants and retail shops in the community.

Governor fighting for 20 percent pay raise for teachers

With teachers across the state on strike April 26 through May 3, Gov. Doug Ducey said he is working to increase salaries for educators in Arizona.

Pima County sets budget hearing schedule

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has set its fiscal year 2018 budget hearing schedule.

Eastbound I-10 exit ramp at 59th Avenue closed

The eastbound I-10 off-ramp at 59th Avenue is now permanently shut down as part of the interchange project to connect the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway with Interstate 10 in the West Valley.

Pima Animal Care Center helps Tucson resident rehome bunnies

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) recently took a commendable initiative to rehome 20 baby bunnies from a property owner who hasn't the resource to care for them anymore. PACC took this step through a bid for adoption on April 23.

209,472 U.S. borrowers in default on student loans from two-year colleges

From Higher Education Tribune

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, Ross Medical Education Center and Everest Institute – both in Michigan – reported the largest share of borrowers from two-year institutions who defaulted on school loans they started repaying in 2014, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

Cochise County launches new free dump days program

Cochise County recently relaunched its free dump days program called “One Trip, One Ton, One Time.”

Analysis: Arizona has the 15th highest foreclosure rate for first quarter

One in 663 properties in Arizona started the foreclosure process during the first quarter of the year, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property data.

Analysis: 31,936 college athletes play softball

From Higher Education Tribune

California, Pennsylvania and New York are the most popular states for college softball, federal data shows.

Gilbert celebrating Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week

Mayor Jenn Daniels has declared May 6-12 as Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week in Gilbert.

Buckeye residents invited to review city's proposed FY2018-2019 budget

Residents of Buckeye are invited to public meetings to review the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

City of Surprise ranked 6th healthiest employer in valley

The City of Surprise was recently ranked the sixth healthiest employer among mid-size companies in the valley by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Flagstaff under Stage 2 fire restrictions

The city of Flagstaff is officially under Stage 2 fire restrictions.

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