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Field of solar dreams: Next-gen dishes could deliver bright future (access required)

A walking tour of the Maricopa Solar generating facility, billed as the "world's first commercial-scale SunCatcher plant," is like taking a step into the future. It's not as striking as the movie "Avatar," which is set at a time when Earth's resources have been depleted, but it provides a glimpse of what is being done to deal with the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources.

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Baron of Arizona (access required)

When it came to an appetite for ill-gotten gains, James Addison Reavis, the self-proclaimed Baron of Arizona, was in a class by himself.

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Immigration debate hasn’t changed in 30 years

When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was back in town last week, she suggested that reform of the nation’s immigration laws will be a priority for President Obama in 2010. The former Arizona governor was quoted in a local newspaper as saying two-thirds of the public wants immigration fixed, understanding that the U.S. is not going to deport an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The remaining one-third, she said, don’t want any changes.

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Will the show go on? AZ arts orgs plan for survival (access required)

Caught in what could be described as a perfect storm, the Arizona arts community is struggling to stay afloat. Hit by reductions in public funding, cutbacks by corporate donors and a skittish audience that is staying home, arts advocates nevertheless are following that long-standing tradition - the show must go on.

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Are struggling community banks prepared for a new threat? (access required)

Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge. It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”

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Interim director takes on long-term challenges (access required)

Will Humble still hands out his “old” business cards, showing his former title as deputy director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. He explains that he hasn’t ordered new ones printed with his current job title of interim director of DHS. While higher-ups conduct a search, Humble wonders whether he’ll be named the next director of the agency.

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