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Threatened American Airlines layoffs leave Arizona employees anxious

American Airlines’ announcement that it could let go up to 19,000 workers on Oct. 1 has left the airline’s roughly 10,000 employees in Arizona worried, but hopeful the state can avoid the worst of the cuts.... Read more»

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Elections officials sound alarm: AZ vote by mail may be harmed by USPS changes

The postal service is warning states, including Arizona, that it may not be able to deliver ballots and early ballot requests for the November election within the narrow timelines in state law.... Read more»

Coronavirus could doom our already fragile public school system

Parents, students and teachers are all looking for answers. Right now, there are none. The pandemic appears to be intensifying the longstanding threat to the future of universal public education.... Read more»

Arizona jobless claims skyrocket, as coronavirus starts to hit economy

Nearly 30,000 Arizonans filed unemployment claims last week, more than eight times the average weekly rate of 3,500 claims before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, state officials said Tuesday.... Read more»

Tucson temporary tattoo plant inks pink slips for 1/3 of workers

TM International, a Tucson company that has billed itself as the "world's largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos," is laying off 43 employees — about 33 percent of its local workforce.... Read more»

200 A-10 maintenance workers being laid off at Tucson's Davis-Monthan base

200 employees of a private contractor working on A-10 jets at Tucson's Air Force base are being laid off, documents show, as a $70-million maintenance deal winds down.... Read more»

245 laid off as Dun & Bradstreet shutters Tucson office

245 workers are losing their jobs as credit reporting and business analysis giant Dun & Bradstreet is "permanently" closing its Tucson office, government documents show.... Read more»

Tucson call center laying off almost 800 workers

A Tucson call center is laying off 785 employees here, with Concentrix Corp. poised to shutter the West Side facility formerly owned by Convergys.... Read more»

New Orleans' Times-Picayune lays off third of staff

The Times-Picayune announced Tuesday that it was letting go one-third of its staff, cutting 201 employees from the company as it restructures to focus on its website.... Read more»

New Orleans Times-Picayune to publish 3 days a week

New Orleans is losing its daily newspaper, one of the oldest in the United States. The paper announced Thursday it will only publish Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.... Read more»

Analysis

The end of newspapers and the decline of democracy

If newspapers were a baseball team, they would be the Mets—without the hope for “next year.”... Read more»8

Daily Star parent files bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled parent company of the Arizona Daily Star, filed a "prepackaged" Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, asking a court to delay the due date on its $1 billion debt.... Read more»1

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Daily Star's corporate parent filing bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled parent company of the Arizona Daily Star, announced Friday that it will file a "prepackaged" bankruptcy as it struggles to push back paying off its $1 billion debt. The company is declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a minority of lenders refused to extend their loan terms.... Read more»1

Is there any hope for quality in local TV news?

A new documentary, "Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV News," looks at the reporting produced by local stations. It's particularly timely in Tucson, where Channel 11 announced this week that it would lay off its entire news team, and turn its newscast over to Channel 13. (with full film)... Read more»

Trade group: KMSB/KOLD deal 'breathtaking disdain for public'

A national trade group of cable operators is blasting the deal, announced Tuesday, for KOLD to take over news production for KMSB as "breathtaking disdain for the public interest." The American Cable Association said such deals lead to higher cable bills and "diminished" local news.... Read more»2

Fox 11 to lay off news staff, cancel newscast in Feb.

Tucson's Fox affiliate, KMSB Channel 11, told employees Tuesday morning that it will lay off its entire news team and cancel its local news broadcasts in February. Some 40-50 staffers will lose their jobs, including reporters, engineers and other station personnel.... Read more»19

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