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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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Pinal County sheriff’s jail commander resigns

FLORENCE - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says its jail commander has resigned and a sergeant has been placed on leave after allegations against them. Jail commander Joe McAuliffe was placed on leave July 1 during a review into allegations of deception and failure to disclose pre-employment information.

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Overusing groundwater threatens Arizona’s future

The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources says the state has to stop its denial when it comes to water. "We're spoiled by cheap, easily available water and have been for a long time," Herb Guenther said. "We have a lot of water compared to other Western states. But we need to use it in a sustainable way."

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Hard times lead to more power cutoffs in Phoenix

Two Phoenix area electric utilities cutoff power to more homes in June of this year than in June of 2008. Hard economic times and higher rates led consumers to fall behind in their bills. APS raised average household monthly rates about $4.50 in December, and SRP raised its average bill about $4.70 in October.

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