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Undocumented workforce slowly donning white collars

While unauthorized workers remain overrepresented in jobs such as farming, cleaning, construction and food service, they are gradually moving into management and professional jobs, according to a new report. Even so, hit hardest by the recession, undocumented workers remain twice as likely to be blue-collar than U.S.-born workers.... Read more»

Is flying getting more dangerous?

Is it still safe to fly? That’s a question many frequent fliers are asking themselves after Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.... Read more»

Long after losing glamorous image, smoking keeps tight grip on mentally ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes a symbol of sophistication and glamour. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor: 44 percent of all smokers are mentally ill.... Read more»

Tribes face hurdles, cultural concerns, with federal foster care

When the federal government opened foster care assistance to Native American tribes in 2008, more than 80 expressed interest in the program. By 2014, however, just 27 tribes had applied and only five had been approved for the federal program, their efforts hobbled by a lack of resources, inflexibility by federal bureaucrats and cultural insensitivity.... Read more»

Report: Arizonans carrying $22.6 billion in federal student loan debt

Around 885,000 Arizonans owe more than $22.6 billion in federal student loans – numbers that students and experts fear will only get worse under a 13 percent university funding cut in the just-approved state budget.... Read more»

Is ASU the model for the new American university?

After more than a decade of remaking itself, the university has become a model of what higher education in America should be, according to a book by its outspoken president, Michael Crow: a place judged not by who it turns away, but by who it accepts, and how many of its students graduate. But critics wonder whether other campuses should copy ASU’s dramatic changes.... Read more»

Waiting for the Children’s Health Insurance Program

The federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will run out of money on Sept. 30. Until recently, Congress showed little interest in paying for it. But this week, the House agreed on a bill that would continue the $13 billion program in its current form through 2017. ... Read more»

Ducey orders flags lowered for slain Navajo police officer

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Navajo police officer, Alex Yazzie, killed in the line of duty Thursday night.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

We have a love/hate relationship with violence

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. ... Read more»1

70 years after they disappeared, ‘Hot Garters’ crewmen get final honors

The day was almost 71 years coming. On Wednesday, the Army buried the remains of 1st Lt. Herbert Young Jr., a Clarkdale native, along with five crewmates who disappeared in their B-24 Liberator in New Guinea while on a mission to attack a Japanese anti-aircraft position during World War II.... Read more»

Immigration activists on trial for 2013 Streamline protest

Twelve immigration activists are on trial for their role in an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants bound for a federal court for prosecution through a fast-track process, Operation Streamline, that some say is "assembly-line justice." They're using their case to again voice their reasons for protesting.... Read more»

A guide to smoking weed around the world

As marijuana legalization gathers pace, here's your up-to-date look at the planet's best and worst places to get stoned.... Read more»

Young and homeless in Tucson

Youth in Arizona are more at risk for homelessness than kids in any other state, with 6,000 runaway or homeless youth in Pima County alone. Teen pregnancies, home foreclosures and childhood poverty make Arizona kids susceptible to homelessness, while many other families are living "one paycheck away" from being on the streets.... Read more»1

Ted Cruz: Heavy on border rhetoric, light on visits

As he feels out a possible presidential bid, Ted Cruz has made border security and immigration his calling cards. But Texas' first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to border in the last two years. By comparison, his colleague John Cornyn has made 13.... Read more»1

PCC raises tuition, asks staff to take unpaid leave after losing state funding

In an attempt to make up for a complete loss of state funding, Pima Community College is raising tuition and asking staff to consider taking voluntary unpaid time off.... Read more»2

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