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Arizona dairy woman grows appreciation for female farmers

About 45 percent of the farmers in Arizona are women, making it the state with the highest proportion of women farmers in a declining industry, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. ... Read more»

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Tucson's economy expected to continue slow improvement

Despite state numbers that show metro Tucson's job growth will be flat or negative this year, UA economist George Hammond is predicting meager growth of .8 to one percent. But while the job market may be weak, the housing market is doing well.... Read more»

Arizona law enforcement doesn’t reflect state’s diversity

Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split along party lines as House approves GOP tax plan

Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion Republican tax plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess.... Read more»

Tucson continues to struggle to add jobs, but real estate perks up

Arizona gained 32,000 jobs over the past year, while Tucson lost 3,900, according to a state office. A University of Arizona economist, though, believes that assessment is too pessimistic. Metro Tucson real estate, meanwhile, is seeing some bright spots.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

Tucson's job growth still sluggish

Arizona and especially metro Phoenix continued to have healthy job growth in September while the Tucson area struggled. Still, Tucson's unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent.... Read more»

Potential buyers could keep Navajo Generating Station open

Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: Arizona local officials fighting for local control, local voices

From Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero and other state civic leaders: There's a fight occurring across the nation that threatens the rights of local communities — and Arizona is right in the thick of it.... Read more»

Phoenix-area workers had highest wage increases in U.S.

Wages in the Phoenix metro area increased more than anywhere else in the United States in the past year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Immigration reform & DREAMers: A conservative response

What we need is sound policy that will increase efficiency and productivity and limit our liabilities and costs. Mass deportations will not accomplish this, and neither will maintaining the status quo. We cannot simply continue to overlook the security or the economic needs our nation. Legal status of immigrants, whether as workers or residents, and a secure border should be our goal. ... Read more»3

Court gives restaurant workers another chance in wages lawsuit

A group of Arizona restaurant servers will get another day in court to prove their claim that their employers failed to pay them sufficiently for work that should have paid them minimum wage.... Read more»

Advocates’ response to DACA decision is swift, broad-based, emotional

Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday.... Read more»

Marchers go from White House to ICE offices to protest DACA decision

Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully in Washington Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s decision to “wind down” deferred deportation protections for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.... Read more»

Az business leaders say DACA repeal could have millions in economic impact

The Cato Institute predicted the repeal of DACA and the expense of immediate deportation would cost the federal government more than $60 billion, and the resulting loss of economic growth in the next decade will amount to $280 billion.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix get middling scores in UN look at cities’ sustainability

A study scored the 100 most-populous U.S. cities on the Sustainability Development Goals set by the U.N. Those include criteria such as poverty levels, water scarcity, climate action and economic growth.... Read more»

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