President-elect Donald Trump has made a number of Cabinet appointments — from secretary of State to Defense to U.S. Trade representative. But one that remains full of speculation over a variety of names is secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Immigration enforcement legislation is no stranger to Arizona — SB 1070 being the most well-known. Wednesday morning in a New Orleans federal courtroom, a 5th U.S. Circuit panel considered the case of Cruz et al v. Abbott out of Texas.
In North Dakota, a ruling by the Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. That decision has energized opposition to a pipeline under construction by the same company in west Texas. Mexico is paying for the Texas pipeline and has a lot at stake in this and other U.S. pipelines.
Ford Motor Co. executives said Tuesday that they were scrapping a project to build a $1.6 billion facility in Mexico, instead choosing to move those planned operations to an existing factory in Mexico, and investing $700 million in a Michigan plant that will build electric vehicles.
The short-term outlook for the Valley’s apartment market may be more attractive to renters than investors. According to data from Axiometrics, an apartment market-research firm, rents are still rising but not as fast.
Congress recently passed an unusual budget provision to give the U.S. Farm Service Agency no limit to how much money can be loaned to farmers through April. At the end of last fiscal year, government farm-loan money ran out as growers borrowed more to get through a bad agricultural downturn.
Some state leaders have talked about making Arizona the solar-energy capitol of the world, and parts of the state have been embracing wind energy, as well. But Mike Conway’s excited about the potential for another kind of renewable energy – geothermal.
In Charleston, S.C., a federal judge has ruled that 22-year old Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial. We spoke with Alexandra Olgin of South Carolina Public Radio, who has been covering the Roof trial.