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Arizona did not adequately track as much as $432 million in unemployment payments from 2008 to 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday. Read more»

Arizona had one of the highest poverty rates in the nation in 2010, at 18.6 percent of the population, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. Read more»

The Small Business Administration offered disaster loans to 136 firms and one individual to help them cope with economic disruption in the wake of 9/11, a pattern of assistance that was repeated across the country.

The federal Small Business Administration approved $12.5 million in 9/11 disaster loans in Arizona and more than $500 million nationwide over the three years following the attacks, the first time the agency ever offered disaster assistance outside a declared disaster area. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said the act doesn't go far enough but is 'a step in the right direction.'

President Barack Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to come together and support his $447 billion jobs plan Thursday evening. He managed to get Democratic and Republican members of the Arizona delegation to come together, but not in support of the plan that he presented to a joint session of Congress. Read more»

A bald eagle takes flight over Lake Roosevelt near Arizona’s Superstition Mountain Wilderness in this January photo.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed bald eagles in the Sonoran Desert from the list of endangered and threatened species Friday. The long-expected move came a day after the state reported record numbers of bald eagle eggs laid, breeding areas occupied and eaglets taking flight. Read more»

The number of children enrolled in a state-federal health insurance program for youth on the brink of poverty has plummeted from a peak of 66,317 in May 2008 to 16,662 this month, the lowest level since 1999. Read more»

Gifford in a May photo, released in June by her office.

The Federal Election Commission unanimously voted Thursday to let Rep. Gabrielle Giffords use about $2,200 in campaign funds for heightened security at her Houston home Read more»

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