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In addition to solar panels supplying 25 percent of its electricity needs, White Tank Library, operated by Maricopa County, was built to earn the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Maricopa County is part of a national trend, helped by stimulus money, of local governments investing in solar power, including solar panels on a library and hot water systems at two jails. Read more»

By keeping tuition low, Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University’s CEO, said he hopes to tap into the population of students who would normally leave the state to attend a public or private university.

At Arizona's public universities, incoming resident students will pay from $8,474 to $9,716 a year in tuition and fees come fall thanks to state funding cuts. But at Grand Canyon University, a private Christian institution, tuition—while higher at $16,500 a year—isn't changing and hasn't since 2009. Read more»

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, says that HB 2644, which would prohibit the state from accepting federal funds for construction projects requiring a preference for union labor, will prevent unions from having an unfair advantage in bidding for state construction projects.

A Republican lawmaker wants to prohibit Arizona from accepting federal funds for construction projects requiring a preference for union labor, but a union leader says the measure would prohibit a practice that doesn't exist. Read more»

See how the Hispanic population changed in Arizona’s counties between 2000 and 2010.

Arizona's Hispanic population grew far faster than other groups over the past decade, and children of Hispanic ancestry now outnumber those who are white, according to 2010 Census numbers released Thursday. Read more»

Miguel Gonzalez, a seasonal farm worker, says he wakes up at 1 a.m. to spend hours waiting in line at the San Luis port of entry to cross from Mexico into the U.S. for work.

The sun won't come up for another few hours, but Miguel Gonzalez's day began not long after midnight, when he made his lunch and then made his way to the port of entry. More than 1,500 farm workers cross the border near Yuma every morning during the winter growing season. Read more» 1

The Banamex USA branch that opened in Nogales, Ariz., allows customers to transfer money between their account and accoounts at Banamex in Mexico for free.

Banamex USA, a subsidiary of Citigroup, recently opened several locations in U.S. border cities. The bank, which specializes in commerce between the U.S. and Mexico, is trying to make business transactions between the two countries easier. Read more»

As Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, looks on, Gov. Jan Brewer touts the state’s efforts to promote business as part of the reason why Intel Corp. decided to invest $5 billion in a chip-manufacturing plant in Chandler.

Intel Corp.'s decision to invest $5 billion to build chip-manufacturing plant in Chandler is sign that making Arizona more enticing for businesses will pay off, Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday. A spokesman for the chip maker said the timing is coincidental. Read more»

Maria Barragan has a business in Mexico and a home in Arizona. Her three children, all U.S. citizens, attend school in Ajo. So when she received a letter from the school asking her to prove her residency and people started taking video of her children boarding the bus for school, she was confused. Read more» 1

A Democratic lawmaker wants to require publicly funded candidates to give computers, printers, cameras and other fixed assets purchased with Clean Elections money to the state or buy them at a reduced price. Read more»