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Homebuilding strong in Mesa

MESA - New home construction permits are on the rise in Mesa. The city has seen an increase in the permit activity since falling below 20 in February. Mesa saw 72 permits in June, the latest numbers available. The number of permits is considered a good measure of upcoming home construction activity.

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Budget woes, recession challenge day-labor centers

Until a day-labor center opened nearby, jobseekers in Keenan Strand's north Phoenix neighborhood used to drink from people's hoses, urinate on walls and duck behind bushes to escape triple-digit heat while waiting for work. But the economic downturn is threatening the 6-year-old day-labor center and others like it around the country, leaving some advocates concerned that job seekers will return to neighborhoods and street corners in search of work.

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