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ATMs with digital currency popping up all over Phoenix metro

Cryptocurrency, or more simply virtual cash, allows users to pay for goods and services without physical currency and because it is decentralized it bypasses bank fees. The use of digital cash in collaboration with blockchain technology provides added security and transparency features that current financial institutions don’t have.... Read more»

Income for state's African Americans fell in last decade

Per capita income for African Americans in Arizona fell over the last decade, the only racial or ethnic group that did not see an increase for the period 2006 to 2015, according to new data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Warehouse & delivery jobs growing faster than retail

Online sales now account for about nine percent of all U.S. retail sales, and that is shifting more jobs from traditional stores to warehouse and package delivery in Tucson and the rest of the nation. And the Tucson metro area continues to lag the rest of Arizona in job growth, but experts say more hires are likely.... Read more»

More employers may be using temps to skirt immigration laws

States that have required private employers to use E-Verify have seen especially dramatic growth in the number of temporary workers. Experts say that’s no accident. ... Read more»

Arizona edges to front of states eyeing blockchain technology

Arizona is one of a half-dozen states to embrace blockchain legislation, and lawmakers here hope it will bring new business to the state.... Read more»

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pet peeve rant: Candidates, please do your homework

Mail-in ballots will go out this week to Ward 3 Democrats and Ward 6 Greens. Here are some quick thoughts on the candidates, and some quick advice on anyone who thinks about running for office: Study up. Read the budget. Read the agendas. Ask questions. Understand the limitations of the office sought.... Read more»2

Raytheon gets $66 million for SM-3 missile development

Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $66 million contract to continue development of the SM-3 Block IIA Aegis Ashore ballistic missile, Pentagon officials said.... Read more»

Law enforcement predicts asset seizures won’t be curbed by reforms

Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, law enforcement officials from around the state say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.... Read more»1

Homeland Security may not have capacity to hire 15,000 border officers Trump promised

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them.... Read more»

Trump backs ‘merit-based’ visa bill that would cut legal immigration in half

President Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a "merit-based" system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers. It would cut the number of green cards granted in half, and critics called it just another move "to come after immigrants as a whole."... Read more»

New dawn for daily? Star looks outside for (another) publisher

Tucson's remaining daily print newspaper has (yet another) new publisher. The Lee/Gannett-owned outlet picked an advertising VP from the Tronc-run Orlando Sentinel — John D'Orlando — filling an office chair that's been rotating for the past several years.... Read more»2

Legal marijuana still faces rocky road, despite budding support

Ask advocates of marijuana legalization how their cause fared during the 2017 state legislative sessions and they'll tell you that though the gains were incremental, they're hopeful that several legislatures will eventually make possession and sale of the federally prohibited drug legal. ... Read more»

Factchecking selling insurance across state lines

President Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, “your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.” We couldn’t find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly.... Read more»

McCain, 2 GOP women senators, help defeat repeal of Obamacare

Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” He joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against a repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

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