Friday, January 14, 2005
Afternoon Headlines Jan. 14
Movie, TV productions add $29M in Valley revenue "Wheel of Fortune," and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" were among the film productions in the Valley that generated $29 million in local revenue last year. Former Miss Teen AZ vouches for troubled boyfriend in court A young man who once held a class full of students at gunpoint was given a relatively light prison sentence Friday on a narcotics distribution charge. Sean Botkin's girlfriend, a former Miss Teen Arizona, came to his defense in court. BOB to start work on new pool Shortly after the hiring of sluggers Troy Glaus and Shawn Green, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Bank One Ballpark have announced the planned renovation of what they hope will be a frequent target for Diamondback hitters -- the pool in the right-center field stands. Tarbell to provide catering for Phoenix NASCAR events Motorsports International Corp., which does business under the trade name Americrown, has entered into a strategic agreement with celebrity Valley chef Mark Tarbell. Downtown real estate seminar slated The planned revitalization of downtown Phoenix will be the subject of a quarterly real estate seminar hosted by Snell & Wilmer and aimed at area businesses, developers, investors and real estate professionals. Arizona gas prices drop despite weather challenges Despite the rain-induced four-day closure of the Kinder Morgan Energy Partners pipeline that delivers gasoline from Southern California to the Valley, Arizona's average pump price fell another two cents this week to $1.81 per gallon as of Friday morning. Phoenix's Metrocenter sold to Somera and AEW Metrocenter in Phoenix has been acquired by a joint venture of The Macerich Co. and AEW Capital Management.