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Rebuilding after the collapse (access required)

In 2006, Arizona-based Fulton Homes opened Fulton Ranch in Chandler, a 520-acre upscale, master-planned community. That was the height of the residential housing boom and high demand justified the financial risk.

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Distressed Districts: Two laws help schools deal with aftermath of financial mismanagement (access required)

Even in good economic times, school districts struggle to meet their financial obligations, leading a few to slip into receivership while others are victimized by various methods of fraud. But in an era of cutbacks in state spending and tight budgets, vigilance on where the dollars are going takes on even greater importance for schools, whose primary role is providing kids with a quality education.

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Knock on Wood (access required)

Environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service and politicians thought they finally had a plan for thinning the state’s forests after years of disagreement.

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Air: What’s in a grade? (access required)

Although Maricopa County was assigned a grade of “F” for ozone pollution and a grade of “C” for 24-hour particulate pollution in the American Lung Association’s recently released 2012 State of the Air Report, air quality professionals contend that the simple letter grade doesn’t tell the entire story of the Valley’s air, and that progress has been made during recent years in reducing air pollution.

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