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US Airways would move from its current headquarters in Tempe to new headquarters in Texas, under a merger with American Airlines, but Phoenix Sky Harbor would remain a hub for US Airways flights and daily service would continue there and the Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff.

US Airways and American Airlines said they expect to complete their long-planned merger by Dec. 9, after a federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday removed the final hurdle to the deal. Read more»

Erika Andiola speaks in front of the Capitol about leaving her job so she can focus on helping her mom fight deportation. She was surrounded by immigration reform supporters from Arizona and Florida.

Erika Andiola came to Washington expecting it would be the place to make a difference in the immigration reform fight – until the immigration fight hit closer to home. Andiola on Wednesday said she quit her job in the office of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to go home and focus on fighting the deportation of her mother. Read more»

The number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges has grown every year, reaching a record high of 819,644 in the 2012-2013 academic year. Arizona schools hit a new high of 13,322 students last year, too.

Arizona universities ranked among the top schools for the number of international students they had enrolled in the 2012-2013 academic year, a new report said. Read more»

The Justice Department says that in other instances when low-cost carriers have been given access to gates at airports – as it has proposed in the US Airways-American Airlines settlement – the number of passengers has gone up and prices have gone down.

The Justice Department said Tuesday it has settled its lawsuit to block the merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways, after the carriers agreed to concessions aimed at preserving competition in the industry. Read more»

The House is scheduled to meet in legislative session for just 113 days next year, the fewest number of work days since 2008. But lawmakers defend the schedule, saying their time is often better spent in their districts than in Washington.

The House will meet just 113 days next year, 25 days fewer than this year and the least since 2006, according to the 2014 calendar released last week by House leaders. Read more»

The federal government shutdown from Oct. 1 to 16 meant the furlough of about 800,000 federal workers and the closure of many government offices and sites, including all the national parks.

The federal government shutdown last month could shave 0.3 percent off the expected growth of Arizona’s gross state product in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a recent report. Read more»

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said ASARCO’s actions in the case merited 'the imposition of a very large punitive award,' but that the award of $300,000 was too high. It lowered the award to $125,000.

A federal appeals court Thursday slashed the damages that mining company ASARCO had been ordered to pay a former employee who successfully sued the company for sexual harassment at an Arizona mine. Read more»

One of the blimps in the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, which carry radar aloft to provide surveillance in support of federal drug interdiction efforts. Two of the blimps are tethered along the Arizona border. The blimps have been providing radar surveillance along the border for more than two decades under the Air Force, but control now shifts to the Department of Homeland Security.

Tucked inside the bill that reopened the federal government late Wednesday night was language guaranteeing that border-security measures, specifically radar surveillance blimps, would continue to be funded into 2014. Read more»

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, accuses the Obama administration of scare tactics over the looming debt-limit, saying the county has options that will allow it it avoid default without having to raise the limit.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Thursday of a “potentially catastrophic” hit to the economy if the nation reaches the debt limit next week and defaults on its obligations. Read more»

Veterans with Honor Flight Southern Arizona pose for a photograph at the World War II Memorial on Monday.

A government shutdown could not keep 77 Southern Arizona veterans from seeing “their” World War II Memorial on Monday. Just in case park rangers did not come through, U.S. Reps. Ron Ron Barber, Trent Franks, and Matt Salmon turned out to greet the veterans. Read more» 2

Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers said farmers iwll not be hurt immediately by the lack of a federal farm bill, but that Congress will have to act soon.

The budget was not the only significant legislation that died Monday between a deadlocked House and Senate – the farm bill also expired at midnight, leaving farm programs, crop supports and food stamps up in the air. Read more»

People who tried to access the E-Verify database – used to verify the citizenship statuus of prospective employees – were greeted with this message Tuesday as part of the federal government shutdown.

State law requires that Arizona businesses check the citizenship of new employees against the federal E-Verify database, but the service went dark Tuesday as part of the federal government shutdown. Many employers were surprised - and not sure what to do next. Read more»

From left, Moody’s Analytics economist Mark Zandi, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities economist Chad Stone and Allan Meltzer, a Carnegie Mellon University professor of political economy testify to a Senate committee on the negative economic impact of the political uncertainty on the U.S. budget.

With Congress at an apparent budget impasse, a looming government shutdown could send thousands of federal workers in Arizona home next week and pull millions of dollars from the state’s economy in the process. It’s not clear how many of the more than 40,000 federal workers in the state would be affected – or even if there will be a shutdown at all before the Tuesday deadline for a budget deal. Read more»

Every county in the state saw its Hispanic population grow, and it grew at a faster rate than the overall population in all but two counties. Click on the counties in the map above for detailed numbers.

Joe Garcia looks at the latest Hispanic population estimates for Arizona and comes to a simple conclusion. “It’s safe to say the face of Arizona is changing,” said Garcia, the director of the Latino Public Policy Center at Arizona State University. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., jokes during the the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee, which pitted lawmakers against journalists.

Shenanigans first got Sen. Jeff Flake in trouble, but it was malfeasance that finally got the Arizona Republican booted. Read more»

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