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'It's made in Vietnam!' At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

One of the biggest cheers President Trump received from supporters Friday was for his call to "buy American and hire American." In a moment rich in irony, many of those supporters were sporting Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" caps that were made in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.... Read more»

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Watching from Tucson, Grijalva pans Trump address

While the fanfare of Donald Trump’s inauguration engulfed Washington, D.C., in a swath of traditions and “Make America Great Again” hats on Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva watched the ceremony alone from his office a couple thousand miles away.... Read more»

Trump promised to resign from his companies — but there's no record he's done so

At a news conference last week, now-President Donald Trump said he and his daughter, Ivanka, had signed paperwork relinquishing control of all Trump-branded companies. Next to him were stacks of papers in manila envelopes — documents he said transferred “complete and total control” of his businesses. That hasn’t happened.... Read more»

Report: Obamacare repeal could cut millions from Az public health funding

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.... Read more»

Dirt roads help some cities, counties drive down costs

A quiet movement to resuscitate deteriorating paved roads by converting them to gravel is proving popular across the country.... Read more»

Backpage.com executives plead Fifth in hearing on sex trafficking

Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section. The hearing last week came one day after the site – whose former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times – removed its “adult” ads pages because of what it called unconstitutional censorship.... Read more»2

Could good, affordable housing solve farmworker shortage?

As farmers in the West face labor shortages, some are finding that providing affordable housing is key to getting the help they need.... Read more»

Ducey aide to hold short-notice budget briefing in Tucson

The fiscal planner for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will hold a meeting Wednesday morning in Tucson to present the governor's draft of a state budget to the public. ... Read more»

Court: Ministers cannot avoid income taxes with vow of poverty

A federal appeals court said that the owners of an Arizona ministry cannot avoid paying income taxes by claiming they had taken vows of poverty and were merely being supported by donations to their church.... Read more»

Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Time out on cruelty: Ducey's budget takes itsy-bitsy steps in right direction

Ducey's budget does not put us on a path toward a moderate future. Arizona still has a smoldering hole where the empathy goes. But for him, this budget, with its nods toward education, is practically a drum circle. I'll take it, praise the light and implore voters to make more structural changes in how Arizona operates. ... Read more»

Arizona senators follow party-line vote on Obamacare repeal

Arizona’s senators joined all but one of their fellow Republicans early Thursday to narrowly approve a budget resolution that is the first step in overturning the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Profits of policing: Az asset seizures net $200M in past 5 years

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.... Read more»

Mexico again says 'no way' it will pay for Trump's border wall

Mexico's new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. ... Read more»

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