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An interview with University of Arizona economist Marshall Vest. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable with Linda Valdez, editorial writer for the Arizona Republic, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News. Plus, Matt Russell, "Tucson's Culinary Cruiser," has the Weekend Watch. Read more»

Tucson had the sixth highest level of poverty in 2011 out of all the nation's largest metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Local officials identify the city's economic struggles, but point to education as the key to getting more jobs and higher-paying jobs in the region. Read more» 8

Don't be a a sucker: listeners' thoughts on the latest consumer scams. Plus, financial planner Sheldon Fishman and UA economist Marshall Vest. Read more»

Monday on Buckmaster - Commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago squared off; also, it's the start of a new fiscal year. UA forecaster Marshall Vest talked about Arizona's economy. Read more»

Although Tucson ranked among the second-weakest 20 metros in the nation in terms of economic recovery performance, the city still had four consecutive quarters of job growth in 2011.

A recent report by the Brookings Institution found that the Tucson metropolitan area trails the Phoenix metropolitan area in economic recovery. Read more» 4

Varying rates of population growth in Arizona.

The rapid population growth that drove Arizona’s economy before the Great Recession could return in large part within several years as things improve elsewhere, experts say. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We've got a newsmaker interview with University of Arizona Economic Forecaster Marshall Vest. Also, a conversation with Priscilla Cornelia of Pima County Transportation. Plus, attorney Don Loose, Buckmaster Show legal contributor. Read more»

We've got a Friday Focus newsmaker interview with UA economist Marshall Vest. Read more»

A home in the Foothills Neighborhood in Tucson has been on sale for three months. However, Tucson real estate agents say they’re going through inventory at a rapid rate.

With his company’s business up and inventory at a five-year low, Realtor Greg Hollman said the housing market in Arizona’s second-largest metropolitan area is thriving. But that assessment runs counter to a recent national news report that branded Tucson the nation’s sickest housing market. Read more» 1

The University of Arizona has set up a working group to study options for new athletic facilities, including a possible arena downtown. The Athletics Facility Planning Committee will "look into all options for the distant future," Athletic Director Greg Byrne said. 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»