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Suicide rate rising for Az middle-aged men

Arizona has had one of the nation’s highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state’s overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state’s poor economy has been a factor.... Read more»

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Court: Mine can give job preference to Navajo workers on tribal land

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Peabody Western Coal Co. can give preference to Navajo tribal members when making hiring decisions for mines on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Should the U.S. pay to educate migrant kids?

Experts weigh in on the costs and benefits of welcoming undocumented kids into the US public school system.... Read more»

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On the offense for the liberal arts

Commentary: A liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense, it’s an offense.... Read more»

How Mexico’s cartel crackdown smashed its iron industry

A government offensive against the Knights Templar cartel has had the side effect of leaving thousands of miners out of work.... Read more»1

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»

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»

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»

As Arizona economy picks up, interest in AmeriCorps slows down

After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year.... Read more»

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

Mexico's president hopes for a galactic legacy with this airport

Plans for a six-runway airport with a space-age design could leave Mexico’s president with a major legacy — or a major headache.... Read more»

Arizona's shrinking workforce driving drop in jobless rate

Arizona’s jobless rate is falling toward pre-recession levels, but experts say the drop could be driven as much by a shrinking labor force as a growing job market.... Read more»

Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation’s biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400M casino resort

Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Glendale broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation to block it.... Read more»

Rio Grande Valley mayor welcomes National Guard troops

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration.... Read more»

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