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Female entrepreneurs circumvent gender gap

A recent report gives Arizona a grade of C for women’s employment and earnings. As income inequality persists, more women in Arizona and elsewhere in the country are gaining leadership skills and taking on managerial roles by starting their own businesses.... Read more»

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Against the odds, Africans taking refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso.
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Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

Program uses music to aid memory in Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program.... Read more»

House members grill VA officials over audit of Phoenix operations

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to “whitewash” reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have “contributed” to 40 veterans’ deaths in Phoenix.... Read more»

Number of Az uninsured dropping, still higher than nat'l average

While it fell, Arizona’s uninsured rate, at 17.1 percent, was higher than the nation’s 14.5 percent. Analysts cite several reasons why more people might have insurance, from more jobs to ‘Obamacare.’... Read more»

Health officials: New respiratory virus coming to Arizona

Enterovirus D68, part of a family of viruses associated with the common cold, can cause severe respiratory illness, particularly among those with asthma and other breathing problems.... Read more»

Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been “majority-minority” for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet.... Read more»

We're shocked by NFL player's domestic violence?

Americans were shocked when they saw NFL star Ray Rice punch out his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator and drag her out, unconscious. And they were mystified when the victim not only subsequently married Rice but also stepped forward to defend him. Why? These are everyday events.... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students’ academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Latino workers dying at higher rates in job accidents

As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.... Read more»1

Rally to push deportation stay for woman in sanctuary at Tucson church

Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto rallied Thursday to urge immigration officials to change a decision to deny a her stay of deportation, holding a vigil in front of Tucson’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office.... Read more»1

Gun Wars

Some sheriffs protest gun restrictions; others refuse to enforce laws

With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking the meaning of their age-old role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions, News21 found.... Read more»8

Tempe church giving sanctuary to man fighting deportation

A Tempe church has offered sanctuary to a 24-year-old Guatemalan who said he came to the U.S. in 2007 on a work visa that was later revoked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.... Read more»1

Advocates on both sides take dim view of Obama’s immigration stance

As Congress returned from its August recess, advocates and Arizona lawmakers from both parties had harsh reactions to President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he would not take action on immigration reform by the end of summer as he had previously vowed.... Read more»

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