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House panel: ICE released 30,000 convicted criminals in 2014

House lawmakers grilled ICE Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday, saying her agency had released more than 30,000 immigrants with criminal records in 2014 while failing to act against other immigrants its officers stopped.... Read more»

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Arizona exports topped $21 billion in 2014

Arizona businesses exported $21.1 billion in goods last year, which supported 93,354 jobs in the state, according to a report by the U.S. Trade Representative. It said the state's exports have grown 57 percent since 2004, with the vast majority from small or mid-sized companies. ... Read more»

Obama's numbers, April update

Jobs, earnings, health insurance, oil production, exports and more. Our latest installment of the Obama scorecard. ... Read more»1

Arizona craft breweries embracing new beer law

One of the owners of Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery said they plan hire more people and expand their brand, which includes releasing more specialty beer. Randy Schultz and the other co-owners said they were thrilled when Gov. Doug Ducey signed the "Arizona Beer Bill." ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hart: The sinking middle class

Chances are if someone asked you where you’d place yourself on the socio-economic ladder, you’d say “middle class.” And why not? Being middle class is almost synonymous with being American. But today, the chances are increasing that you may no longer make the middle class cut.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix face growing gap between income and rent

The gap between rental cost and household income is increasing to unsustainable levels in most major metro areas, including in Phoenix and Tucson, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors. ... Read more»

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»

Factchecking Ted Cruz, Part II

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts.... Read more»1

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

FactCheck: More Keystone spin

With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety.... Read more»

What’s hot in Az hospitality this year? Experts share 2015 trends

With guests returning to hotels and resorts, industry leaders are adding new features – curbside check-in, organic products, family packages - to create vibrant guest experiences across the state. Experts share hospitality trends. ... Read more»1

Feds reject Arizona’s construction worker safety plan

Officials rejected Arizona’s plan to protect residential construction workers from falling. The state must abide by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. An industry representative says the rules are dangerous, another says the government needs the tougher standards. ... Read more»

Factchecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.... Read more»

Goldwater report: Az has among most burdensome licensing requirements in U.S.

Arizona has among the most burdensome licensing requirements in the United States, according to a new report released by the Goldwater Institute. The result: Fewer low-income workers launch their own businesses here. ... Read more»1

Executive action won't solve issue of uninsured immigrants

The president’s proposed immigration action could give millions of unauthorized immigrants the right to stay in the country and work, but it won’t solve their lack of health insurance. ... Read more»

Enviros ‘auction’ Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.... Read more»

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