Why don’t we want Mexican tourists’ money?

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Southern Arizona reaps enormous benefits from wealthy Mexican tourist-shoppers. Think billions of dollars. But the rest of the state is largely shut out because of a peculiarity of border crossing cards.

After being vetted and security checked, visitors with these US-government-approved cards can travel only 75 miles beyond the border.

Good for Tucson malls, where such shoppers are very big spenders.

They are not economic refugees sneaking across the fence to work in kitchens. They are members of Mexicos growing middle class, arriving legally in shiny new cars and a fondness for what our stores have to offer.

Research by the University of Arizona found Mexican visitors...

Financing care for older adults is full of challenges

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CHIPPEWA TWP. — It’s a trait that’s been passed down from her mother’s side.

Maureen Smarsh describes it as an “incredible sense of family.” And though they are spread out across the country, Smarsh’s family members, including her sister, her children and even her young grandchildren, all share it.

It’s why the family stepped up to help after Smarsh’s 94-year-old mother had a medical emergency seven years ago and had to move to an assisted-living center, where she still resides.

“You don’t even think about doing it differently,” Smarsh, 68, said. “Either you have that commitment to family or you don’t,...

Pharmacy on Social Media

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Debate continues on social media over the expansion of services in community pharmacies and whether homeopathy detracts from the pharmacy profession.

Pharmacy News

Funding pharmacist health checks foolish: AMA

Increased screening in pharmacies will increase the rate of disease detection and ensure more people are appropriately treated. This is in everyones interest including GPs as it will increase referrals and in the interest of the health system as costly complications of advanced chronic disease will be prevented.

Increased screening by pharmacists is a no-brainer. Unfortunately there appears to by a deep seated hatred of pharmacists by AMA types....

Cuomo hedges on Tappan Zee financing

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ALBANY–Governor Andrew Cuomo further muddied his accounting of the Tappan Zee replacement bridge project, saying today that the total cost–despite the $3.9 billion estimate that he previously trumpeted–is still unknown.

Cuomo also seemed to suggest that tolls may go up throughout the Thruway system to support the construction of the new bridge. And he also appeared once again to contradict an originally stated premise of his financing, following federal regulators rejection ofhis administrations plan to use hundreds of millions of dollars from a clean-water fundfor bridge-related projects, by saying that the administration wasnt significantly relying on that money.


IBC Tops 6500 Hotels, Expands Credit Card Financing

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PHOENIX, Sept. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — InnSuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE MKT:IHT)

InnDependent Boutique Collection (IBC Hotels), a division of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT), now serves 6,500 independent properties in 53 countries with over 618,000 rooms and suites by providing supplemental global, branding, sales and reservations services, InnDependent InnCentives loyalty program and state-of-the art online and mobile technology enable guests to book unique, boutique and independent hotels coupled with area activities and services in one seamless experience.

IBC has selected Bridwell Sargent to provide preferred rate broker financing for domestic and international...

The Playlist: Free Money

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A state audit found that some beneficiaries of the governors primaryeconomic incentive programwere selected outside of formal channels and were often not properly monitored, so we kick off this weeks playlist with Patti Smiths Free Money.

The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is todownload Spotify, a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are the other selections for the week:

It was a big week for state audits. An audit of the University of North Texas finances led to a recommendation that the school be required to pay the state back at least $75.6 million, inspiring the addition of Pay It Back by Elvis Costello.

At The Texas Tribune...

‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Doesn’t Care About Money—So It Won’t Work

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Whats more, youie, the userare not the product on any social network. To suggest you are takes away any agency you have over your actions. Yes, its true the personal data you choose to input will be used in ever more sophisticated ways to help advertisers show you things to buy. But you are making the choice to upload a political article youve read or allow others to tag you in photos.

Ello promises an ad-free alternative to these platforms. But theres a simple truth about social networking: Brilliantly nimble and reliable services cost money to produce and maintain. Should users flock to Ello, which launched at the start of August and is currently invitation-only, its founders eventually...

Athletes Who Should’ve Taken the Money

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Hoffman Was Allegedly Trying To Change Out Dyed Money At Mystic

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)  New details have been released in the Ty Hoffman case.

Hoffman has been charged with second degree intentional murder for killing his former boyfriend Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station on Aug. 11.

Police searched for Hoffman for a month before he was arrested outside an Arbys in Shakopee, Minn.

Friday, there is new information on where Hoffman was while he fled police.

The manhunt went from Arden Hills, to Blaine, to Mystic Lake Casino and finally to an arrest in Shakopee.

The latest criminal complaint shows that Hoffman was desperate and was close to being caught several times.

For a month there were close encounters...

AbbVie Said to Weigh More Shire Financing After U.S. Rule

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AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) is examining plans to
raise additional financing to complete its takeover of Shire
Plc (SHP), after US officials imposed new obstacles to so-called tax
inversion deals, people with knowledge of the matter said.

AbbVie may seek to borrow as much as $7 billion more than
it originally anticipated because of new restrictions on using
cash held offshore, two of the people said, asking not to be
identified discussing a private matter. The deliberations are at
an early stage, and are part of a comprehensive review of the
Shire transaction’s structure after US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced measures to make inversions more difficult...