Burlington to open in Santa Cruz Plaza

Burlington, a national off-price retailer, will open a 76,000-square-foot store this fall at Santa Cruz Plaza, 3640 S. 16th Ave.

The new store, near Interstate 19 and West Ajo Way, will bring approximately 90 jobs to Tucson and will be one of eight Burlington stores in Arizona.

There is one other Burlington store in Tucson, at 3595 E. Broadway in El Con Mall.

Job fairs for the new store will be announced online at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com

MSDx gets grant for Parkinson's test

Tucson-based MSDx Inc. has received a grant of up to $75,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to study the potential for a blood test to detect the early onset of Parkinson's disease.

As part of the one-year Rapid Response Innovation Award, MSDx will study so-called "biomarkers" to diagnose and monitor Parkinson's, the company said in a news release. MSDx already is developing a blood test for multiple sclerosis.

The New York-based Michael J. Fox Foundation recently committed $10 million for its latest round of funding for its Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for Parkinson's Disease Research.

MSDx is located at the Arizona Center for Innovation, a business incubator at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park.

Cabbies' union group seeks bargaining OK

A new union group has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for union representation on behalf of drivers for AAA/Yellow Cab of Tucson.

The Tucson Hacks Association was started by AAA/Yellow Cab drivers with the intention that any cab driver in Tucson may join, the group said in a news release.

NLRB records show the Marana-based Tucson Hacks Association filed a representation petition on June 11.

In order to gain collective-bargaining rights, the group said it first needs a ruling that the cab drivers are "employees" rather than "independent contractors," as the company asserts.

A hearing on that issue is scheduled for today in Phoenix, the group said.

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