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Electric vehicles seem to be having their moment these days, even if it's too soon to celebrate that last tank of gasoline. From what we can see here in Arizona, advances in EV manufacturing and battery chemistry have together brought an electric vehicle future closer than most have ever considered possible. Read more»

Budget season descends on local governments.

It's the most mathematical time of the year. Budget time is when priorities with the force of dollars behind them are set for the next year. Next year's to-do puts a premium on capital investment and hiring talent. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

The Arizona Daily Star's former newsroom and printing complex, which once also housed the Tucson Citizen, was put up for sale in August 2019.

From the top editor on down, the Arizona Daily Star staff was cut by nearly one-quarter on Monday, as the newspaper's corporate chain owners told local journalists they were being laid off. Read more»

Critics say the bills, backed by business groups, are an attempt to roll back critical child labor protections that are nearly a century old.

In the past two years, lawmakers in at least 11 states have sought to loosen child labor laws to help employers fill empty jobs, even as federal officials and news investigations suggest that many minors working in manufacturing, meatpacking and construction jobs are being exploited. Read more»

Tucson-based rocket maker Phantom Space wants a rezoning on city owned far on the south side. The zoning examiner is only willing to recommend part of it, setting up interesting questions for later.

I don't get to use the words "space rezoning" very much but thanks to the city of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives I get to tie two of my geekiest fascinations together: rocket ships and land use. God bless the U.S.A. Plus, more in local government meetings. Read more»

While federal pandemic money was helpful, experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the broader, longstanding problem of expensive and scarce child care.

States are spending more money and creating new incentives to ease the severe child care crisis, with most federal pandemic aid set to dry up in September. Read more»

Mayor Regina Romero launched her campaign for reelection at the Viscount Suites on Wednesday, which was also International Women's Day, by touting her success during the first four years of her term.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero launched her reelection campaign this week, timing it with the celebration of International Women's Day as she boasted the work she's done for the homeless, small businesses and families in the city. Read more»

Los jóvenes interesados ​​en ganar dinero y experiencia laboral temprana durante sus vacaciones de verano pueden ganar $15.75 por hora o más trabajando a tiempo parcial con el Programa de Empleo Juvenil de Verano del Condado Pima. Read more»

Youth interested in gaining money and early work experience during their summer vacations can make $15.75 an hour or more working part-time with the Pima County Summer Youth Employment Program. Read more»

A now-hiring sign is posted at Chase Bank in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 21, 2023. Economists say the churn of people moving between jobs is driving up wages.

For Arizona residents, the job market has tilted in favor of job seekers in a way rarely seen - but there are reasons for workers to be concerned that wages are not keeping up with costs. Read more»

Federal law requires emergency departments at Medicare-participating hospitals to care for anyone who shows up.

ER doctors are increasingly being replaced by “midlevel practitioners,” who can perform many of the same duties and generate much of the same revenue for less than half the pay - though evidence that suggests dropping doctors from ERs may not be good for patients. Read more»

U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman speaks at Mercado San Agustín on Thursday alongside Tucson Mayor Regina Romero to tout Biden's economic plan and promise more investment in small businesses and Latino entrepreneurs.

White House Cabinet member Isabella Casillas Guzman joined Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on Thursday to promise investment by the Biden administration in local shops and in Latino small business owners. Read more»

La administradora de pequeñas empresas de EE. UU. Isabella Casillas Guzmán habla en el Mercado San Agustín el jueves junto con la Alcaldesa de Tucson Regina Romero para promocionar el plan económico de Biden y prometer más inversiones en pequeñas empresas y empresarios latinos.

La miembro del gabinete de la Casa Blanca, Isabella Casillas Guzmán, se unió a la Alcaldesa de Tucson Regina Romero el jueves para prometer inversiones por parte de la administración Biden en tiendas locales y en propietarios de pequeñas empresas latinas. Read more»

Phoenix police officers during a traffic stop on Nov. 13, 2017 in South Phoenix.

Arizona police departments have been struggling for years to hire enough officers, but one Republican legislator says that’s no reason the state shouldn’t require that they respond to calls sooner — and punish them if they don’t hit the state mandate. Read more»

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listen on Feb. 7, 2023. The speech marks Biden’s first address to the new Republican-controlled House.

President Biden began his State of the Union address Tuesday — his first to a divided Congress — with an appeal to bipartisan priorities, but later criticized parts of the GOP agenda and got a sense of Republicans’ appetite for conflict during one combative stretch. Read more»

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