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Brad Hansen, president of Hansen Mortuaries, said funeral homes have had to adjust to consumer demand for less-involved and less-expensive final arrangements.

These days, most families opt just for cremation, a far less expensive alternative to a traditional funeral and burial. Read more»

Wine grapes ripen at the Page Springs Cellars and Vineyard in Cornville.

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer's licenses that allow them to follow suit. Read more»

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, shown in a file photo, said he and other community leaders in Arizona will use Latino Enrollment Week of Action to encourage more Latinos to seek health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of uninsured Latinos would benefit from the Affordable Care Act, but many incorrectly assume that coverage is too expensive and that enrolling would put relatives in the country illegally at risk for deportation, a White House official said Monday. Read more»

A state lawmaker seeks to require the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to tell Arizonans how to prepare for an electronic apocalypse. Read more»

Border Patrol Agent Eric Cantu directs Operation Detour in Nogales, aiming to discourage young people from being talked into carryon drugs back across the border when visiting Mexico.

When Border Patrol agents stop Arizona youth smuggling drugs through the Nogales port of entry on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and others often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you won’t be prosecuted because you’re a minor. Not so, said the BP agent running the Operation Detour educational program. Read more»