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Notable Arizona (access required)

Alberto Rios has always shared a connection with the history — both cultural and geographic — of Arizona. Born and raised here, the writer often presents images of the alternatively lush and barren landscape of the Grand Canyon State.

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Recovery outlook gloomy for home construction (access required)

Stimulating Arizona’s economy through the creation of construction jobs in the housing industry is one of the chief priorities of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, but an industry insider says fixed costs and layoffs are making recovery quite difficult.

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Mold’s Hidden Story (access required)

There are no regulations for mold in Arizona, and Gila County, like most counties across the state, lacks policies to guard homeowners against mold contamination. Most cities in Arizona also have no ordinances regarding mold.

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First Things First users caught in political, economic hailstorm (access required)

The Legislature's decision to go after First Things First and its $325 million was inevitable, given the magnitude of the state's financial woes. But the agency also made political missteps that made it a target. Now the agency that is dedicated to providing health care services to children is fighting for its existence. In November, voters will be asked whether to continue the programs or dissolve it and redirect its money to the state's coffers.

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Rocky campaigns (access required)

The candidates hoping to become Arizona’s next mine inspector agree that mining safety for workers and the public needs to be increased. How to accomplish that goal, just like everything else between the candidates, is a matter of debate.

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Legendary cattleman Aja trains future industry leader (access required)

The lion's share of the inside information gained from Bas Aja's 22 sessions lobbying at the Arizona Legislature is contained inside a large file cabinet at the Arizona Cattlemen's Association office. About five years ago, the longtime cattle industry lobbyist knew the time was coming to share the keys to this treasure trove with a younger, future industry leader.

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