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Unemployment Rate Up In Arizona
The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees. New figures from the Office of Economic Opportunity put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. That is the result, at least in part, of private sector employment dropping by about 1,900 jobs.
Jan. 18, 2019
As A Caravan Reaches Its Border, Mexico Mulls Plan
As a new caravan of migrants makes its way from Central America to the U.S., leaders in Mexico say they want to address the reasons thousands continue to flee their homes. Mexico is caught between the harsh realities that are pushing people out of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — and the divisive politics of immigration in the U.S.
Jan. 18, 2019
Pinal Farmers Warned Against Demanding More Water
An organization that represents major Arizona cities is warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more water from the proposed drought contingency plan. Warren Tenney, the executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, says he believes enough is enough.
Jan. 18, 2019
Drought Contingency Plan Remains Unfinished
Arizona House Democrats are hesitant to ratify a proposed drought contingency plan. Some members are worried there’s nothing in the proposal to require more water conservation.
Jan. 18, 2019
Hangover From 2018 Drought Likely To Deplete Spring Runoff
Following one of the hottest and driest years on record, the Colorado River and its tributaries throughout the western U.S. are likely headed for another year of low water.
Jan. 17, 2019
Tucson, Pima County Sue Opioid Companies
Pima County and the City of Tucson are the latest to sue opioid companies for their role in the country’s addiction and overdose crisis.
Jan. 17, 2019
Bill Would End Election Day Ballot Drop-Offs
Counties allow voters on the mail-in list to also come in on Election Day and drop off their ballots. In November, about 168,000 people did this in Maricopa County. Those ballots took about two weeks to count.
Jan. 17, 2019
Vulture Capitalist Firm Eyes Gannett, Arizona Republic
Digital First Media is a subsidiary of a hedge fund called Alden Global Capital. You may not know the name, but newspapers across the country do. Now, that hedge fund has made a bid to buy Gannett, which owns the Arizona Republic.
Jan. 17, 2019
Are Texting-While-Driving Laws Effective?
Last week, Salt River tribal police officer Clayton Townsend was killed when a driver — who later admitted to texting while driving — veered over two lanes and killed Townsend during a traffic stop. Arizona is one of three states without a texting-while-driving ban.
Jan. 17, 2019
Exhibit Explores Female Subjects In Western Artists Work
Over a several decade career, Charles M. Russell was behind the creation of a couple of thousand paintings and bronze sculptures. They showed settlers, cowboys and Native Americans in a variety of activities. Russell also spent much of his artistry focusing on women.
Jan. 17, 2019
Maricopa County Creating A Group To Analyze Election Process
For decades, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has maintained an agreement that gives the Maricopa County Recorder full control over elections. But the board is now considering the creation of a working group to analyze how Maricopa County can conduct better elections.
Jan. 17, 2019
Can Blockchain Technology Be Used For Immigration?
Blockchain technology is mainly known as a digital ledger to record cryptocurrency transactions, like Bitcoin. But people are also coming up with other potential uses for the technology, including in the area of immigration.
Jan. 17, 2019
What Affect Does Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress Have?
The U.S. has strict rules on how soon after leaving office a retired or defeated member of congress can officially lobby his or her former colleagues. But many firms are eager to scoop up those politicos because of the relationships they’ve forged.
Jan. 17, 2019
More Pot Sold In AZ Than Expected For License Holders
The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that the pounds upon pounds of medical marijuana are coming in faster than the rate of the number of people signed up for medical marijuana licenses.
Jan. 17, 2019
Sounds Of The City: Trail Riding On South Mountain
Listen to the sounds of Kenzie Smalls saddling up horses for trail riders at the base of South Mountain, and Alexandra Roth hiking to the top.
Jan. 17, 2019
Dollar Store Distress: Stores Increase, Grocers Struggle
The number of dollar stores has grown over the past seven years, from 20,000 to nearly 30,000 nationwide. That’s according to a new analysis from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which argues these stores are causing economic distress, especially in the grocery market.
Jan. 17, 2019
Tucson Citizens Want Official Sanctuary City Designation
Sanctuary cities have become the target of the federal government under the Trump administration, which tried to deny federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
Jan. 17, 2019
Marijuana Use Increasing In Arizona
The amount of marijuana being purchased and consumed in Arizona is up. New figures from the Department of Health Services show that in 2018, Arizonans smoked, ate or otherwise consumed nearly 60 tons of the drug.
Jan. 17, 2019
Number Of Separated Immigrant Kids  Is Unknown
An independent federal watchdog says it doesn’t know how many undocumented migrant children have been separated from their parents by immigration authorities.
Jan. 17, 2019
The Takeaway: Mexican Presidents Implicated In Bribery Scandals During El Chapo
A Colombian drug lord testified this week that El Chapo bribed former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with $100 million. The stunning allegation was made during El Chapo's trial in a New York court, implicating the highest level of the Mexican government.
Jan. 17, 2019

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