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Fannie Mae has opened a new mortgage help center in Arizona to help homeowners with loans owned by the company. One of the reasons for putting the center here: the state’s high rate of foreclosures.

Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae has opened a mortgage help center in Arizona to help struggling homeowners with loans owned by the company. Read more»

Old Main at the University of Arizona.

Facing a $450 million hole in their plan to close the state's budget deficit, GOP lawmakers are likely to respond to the failure of Propositions 301 and 302 with cuts to education, two economists said. Read more»

Voters rejected two ballot propositions Tuesday that would have transferred almost $450 million from two voter-approved funds to address the state budget deficit. Read more»

With the unemployment rate still hovering near 10 percent, Arizona has drained its jobless benefit fund, forcing the state to borrow millions from the federal government to help out-of-work residents. Read more»

Retired Mesa police chief Dennis Donna, left, and former Paradise Valley police chief John Wintersteen read to children at Phoenix Day, a child develpment center in Phoenix. The center participates in Arizona’s First Things First early childhood programs. The officers oppose Proposition 302, the ballot initiative that would terminate funding for the program.

Helping at-risk children develop social skills and the ability to learn before they enter school prevents crime in the long run, retired Mesa Police Chief Dennis Donna said Monday. Proposition 302 would transfer $325 million from First Things First to help address the budget deficit. Read more»

Eric Novack, a Glendale orthopedic surgeon, serves as chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom, the main group supporting Proposition 106. Supporters say the measure would preserve individual rights by allowing Arizonans to opt out of any federal or state health care mandates. Opponents say the measure could prevent Arizonans from reaping the benefits of the federal health care law but more likely will expose the state to costly and unsuccessful legislation.

Supporters of Proposition 106 say allowing Arizonans to opt out of any federal or state health care mandate would preserve the right of individuals to make their own decisions. Opponents say that since a federal plan would trump anything at the state level, it would most likely set Arizona up for a costly and unsuccessful legal battle. Read more»

An artist’s rendering shows how a modern streetcar would look passing businesses next to the University of Arizona. Tucson is planning a streetcar line that will connect the university and downtown, hoping it will boost business in the area.

Tucson's $180 million modern streetcar project has city officials and downtown businesses hoping more people, and their wallets, will be brought downtown by easier transportation. Read more» 1

The cliffs of Apache Leap tower over Superior, a town east of Phoenix where many leaders and residents are hoping that a company’s plan to mine copper will boost the economy.

Today, with deteriorating, boarded-up buildings lining Main Street and few people living in Superior, some residents hope that a discovery in the mountains just east of town will turn things around. Resolution Copper Co. wants to mine a copper deposit that's more than a mile below a patch of the Tonto National Forest. Read more» 1

Dave Benjamin, project superintendent for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., shows two Arizona State University students and a staff member from the Del E. Webb School of Construction the construction site for the new Sky Train at Sky Harbor International Airport. The students were accompanied by Dawn Rogers, student recruiter for the construction program. From left: ASU senior Rebecca Freitas, Dave Benjamin, ASU senior Josephine Bierwagen and recruiter Dawn Rogers.

The Advancing Women in Construction program at ASU, in its third year, places female students in internships, offers tours and exposes women to the variety of jobs in construction. Read more»

Dan Schweiker, co-founder of Scottsdale-based China Mist Brands Inc., talks with plant manager Kevin McCullough about sending tea samples to prospective clients.

Over the past two decades, Dan Schweiker and partner John Martinson have turned Scottsdale's China Mist Brands into one of the most widely served iced tea brands in restaurants and hotels across America. They hope to have that same kind of success abroad, where iced tea is considered a novelty. Read more»

Apache Leap towers over Superior. Resolution Copper Co. wants to mine in an area east of the community.

A land swap in the Tonto National Forest is pitting Apache leaders who say the area is sacred against supporters of a proposed copper mine that would create jobs. Read more» 7

Power One Inc., the nation's largest manufacturer of renewable energy conversion devices, announced Thursday that it will open a manufacturing facility in Phoenix. Read more»

Arizona voters overwhelmingly favor even the most controversial provisions within SB 1070, according to a poll released Wednesday. Read more» 1

Cotton blooms at Tumbling T. Ranches in Goodyear. Global demand is creating higher prices this season, creating good times for Arizona cotton growers.

Purchases of everything from bath towels to jeans have boosted demand for cotton and improved prospects for growers in Arizona and around the world. U.S. farmers have booked sales double last year's — 6.25 million bales. Read more»

State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, speaks at a news conference at which Democratic leaders and Latino activists urged members of minority groups to participate in the 2010 Census.

To get its fair share of federal funding and congressional representation out of the U.S. census, Arizona must alleviate fears and generate interest among Latino residents, Democratic leaders and community activists said Friday. Read more»