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Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»0

Az defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive.... Read more»0

Arizona incomes grew 3 percent in 2015, slightly behind national pace

Personal income grew 3 percent last year in Arizona, tracking a national increase of 3.7 percent that year as the nation continued to rebound from the recession, new government data shows.... Read more»0

Minority advocates, Trump transition team hold closed-door meeting

Leaders of about 20 minority advocacy organizations met with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in a closed-door meeting Wednesday in what advocates said they hope was one of many meetings to come.... Read more»0

Arizonans reluctant to open wallets for Trump, Clinton campaigns

Arizonans head to the polls Tuesday to cast actual ballots for president, but if they were voting with their pocketbooks the results wouldn’t be pretty for either of the major parties’ nominees.... Read more»0

Rules to protect prepaid card users will hurt innovation, issuers say

Federal officials unveiled new regulations Wednesday aimed at protecting users of prepaid cards, But industry officials don’t see it that way. This financial sector is expected to be worth as much as $112 billion by 2018.... Read more»0

Franks urges action on pro-life bill stalled in Az Senate for a year

More than a year after his Born Alive Protection Act passed the House, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called on senators to act on the bill before the legislative calendar runs out.... Read more»0

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»0

World War II women pilots let back in Arlington – after a fight

In many ways, it was a typical Arlington National Cemetery funeral – a color guard and fly-over, a rifle salute, a carefully folded flag and the playing of “Taps.” In other ways, it was not typical at all – no carriage, no grave and few, if any, tears. But WWII-era Women Airforce Service Pilots – WASPs – are again allowed to rest there.... Read more»0

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week.... Read more»0

Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign. ... Read more»0