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Just under half of all Arizona mortgages were "underwater" in spring of this year, the second-highest percentage in the nation, according to a report from a private research firm. CoreLogic said only Nevada, at 63 percent, had a higher rate. Read more» 2

Emily Nottingham said her son, Gabe Zimmerman, pictured on the poster behind her, should be remembered for his life of service and not how he died. Gabe, a staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was killed with six others in January when a gunman opened fire at a Giffords event in Tucson. Lawmakers have proposed naming a room in the Capitol complex in Gabe Zimmerman’s memory.

Update: Gabe Zimmerman's “hard work and ideals... should be recognized here,” his mother told a crowd gathered as members of Congress unveiled a bill to name a room in the Capitol Visitors Center for the first congressional staffer killed in the line of duty. (with video) Read more»

All five Republican members of Arizona’s House delegation have signed on to the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011, a plan to deal with the nation’s debt limit that is expected to come up for a vote Tuesday. Read more»

Maricopa County lost more than 200,000 jobs from 2007 to 2009, but it was only the fifth-hardest-hit among counties in terms of percentage job loss, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns report.

Arizona lost more than 281,000 jobs from 2007 to 2009, and more than 8,800 businesses closed in the same time period. Officials said the situation has improved since 2009, but that it’s slow going. Read more»

Flake in 2009

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, said Monday that he has more than $2 million in the bank already for his bid to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., in 2012. Read more»

Nearly 14 percent percent of Arizonans live in a “food desert,” a low-income area with low access to a grocery store, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study. Read more»

A semi truck waits to cross the United States-Mexico border at San Luis, Ariz., in this file photo.

Mexican trucks subject to strict new safety measures will begin to move on U.S. highways, and Mexico will begin to lift tariffs on U.S. goods entering that country under an agreement signed Wednesday in Mexico City. Read more» 1

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith came away from a White House meeting Monday satisfied that he and other mayors had an “honest dialogue” with the president about the economy. (with video) Read more»

A man demonstrates in favor of E-Verify on Oct. 30 in Washington.

Requiring employers across the nation to use E-Verify to check workers’ citizenship would carve out jobs for unemployed Americans by keeping illegal immigrants out of the job market, backers said Wednesday. Read more»

More than 4,000 Arizona nonprofits were stripped of their tax-exempt status this week by the Internal Revenue Service, as the agency purged its rolls of more than 275,000 organizations nationwide that failed to keep their tax-exempt status up to date. Read more»

A divided federal appeals court panel Wednesday upheld the 51-month sentence for a Mexican man charged with illegal re-entry to the country, saying his 2000 conviction for having sex with a 14-year-old girl could be counted against him. Read more»