SynCardia ranks 69th among 'promising' firms

Tucson-based artificial-heart maker SynCardia Systems Inc. has been named to Forbes magazine's list of "America's Most Promising Companies" for the second year in a row.

SynCardia, which is expecting key regulatory decisions this year to accelerate the company's growth, ranked 69th in Forbes' top 100 list.

The only other Arizona-based company to make the list, at 92nd, was Phoenix-based Inilex Inc., which sells hardware and software that locates stolen cars and tracks company fleets.

Arizona Daily Star


Average gas prices rise as spring approaches

Arizona motorists are paying more at the pump again this week.

The average statewide price for regular gasoline is $3.34 a gallon, AAA Arizona officials said Thursday. That's more than 13 cents higher than last week.

AAA analysts say the price rise is typical for this time of year in Arizona as spring approaches.

Tucson has the lowest average price in Arizona at $3.14 a gallon.

This week's national average is $3.55 per gallon, up by more than 13 cents from last week.

The Associated Press

Mediator orders Gilbert to rehire water manager

GILBERT - A mediator has ordered Gilbert to rehire and provide retroactive back pay to a water manager who was fired when it was discovered that the Phoenix suburb's water hadn't been fluoridated for a long time.

Mediator Steven Guttell declared that Chris Ochs was unfairly terminated in September.

Ochs said he shut off the fluoridation system over a year earlier because of malfunctions but that he'd told his superior.

Though Ochs was fired, his superior was allowed to retire.

The Associated Press