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Fracking banned in New York

After years of delays and debate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.... Read more»

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U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.... Read more»

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.... Read more»

FactCheck: Does Obamacare give incentive to hire immigrants?

Did Obama’s executive actions on immigration include a $3,000 bonus to employers for each immigrant they hire instead of U.S. citizens? The answer is: Not exactly. FactCheck explains.... Read more»

City seeks residents to recommend mayor, City Council salaries

The City of Tucson is seeking applicants for a panel that will review and recommend salaries for the mayor and members of the city council, according to a Friday press release.... Read more»

Defense spending in Az fell $1.7B in 2013

Defense contracts awarded in Arizona fell by $1.7 billion between 2012 and 2013, buffeted by the federal budget sequestration, a drawdown of U.S. military commitments and a sluggish economic recovery.... Read more»

Gov't data sharpens focus on crude-oil train routes

A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face.... Read more»

FactCheck

Spinning immigration data

President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States.... Read more»

Texas GOP divided on immigration crackdown

Though they appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, Texas Republican leaders are far from united on how to use their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.... Read more»

Analysis

5 facts to know about Obama's immigration announcement

Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first step but not a permanent solution.... Read more»

By the numbers: New immigration policy may cover 100k-plus in Arizona

About four percent of Arizona’s population lives without legal status, but more than 100,000 of those people may be covered by new immigration policies announced Thursday by President Obama. While the state’s number of undocumented residents has dropped 40 percent over the past decade, many of the estimated 274,000 here will now be eligible to have deportation deferred.... Read more»

Analysis

How deferred action improved lives of undocumented youth

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has had an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people and their families, but more needs to be done.

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Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Factcheck: Biden's boasts

Biden was the keynote speaker at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development on Nov. 13. His comments centered on job opportunities and education, and they included some exaggerations.... Read more»

By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas’ agricultural, construction and service industries.... Read more»

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