Arizona's unemployment rate dipped to 9.3 percent in April, and the state says the decrease will likely trigger an expected automatic shortening of how long the state provides jobless benefits.Read More »
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Secretary of State Ken Bennett held a workshop with public sector lobbyists, the first in a proposed series of post-Fiesta Bowl meetings on state lobbying requirements.Read More »
An old computer system and lack of records oversight are to blame for Phoenix's misreporting of kidnapping statistics to the federal government.Read More »
Arizona is growing older. An estimated 13 percent of Arizonans were age 65 or older in 2009. That percentage is expected to almost double by 2020, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s State Plan on Aging.
That aging is especially pronounced in rural areas. Of the four counties that already had more than one out of five residents age 65 or older in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, all are in rural areas: La Paz, 32.1 percent; Yavapai, 23.8 percent; and Gila and Mohave, 22.4 percent.
As this shift occurs, experts and advocates warn that rural areas in particular will lack the doctors, care homes, transportation and other services needed by an older population.
When doctors finish placing a plastic implant under Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' scalp on Wednesday it will mark a key milestone in her recovery, one that will significantly improve her quality of life and help her feel normal again, experts said.Read More »
A judge on Wednesday denied a request by an Arizona inmate to block his execution scheduled next week for the 1984 killing of a Tempe girl.Read More »
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery isn't slowing down while her astronaut husband speeds around the Earth.
Giffords will undergo surgery Wednesday so doctors can replace a piece of her skull with a plastic implant, another encouraging step since the Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head more than four months ago.
Arizona's solar industry is engaging in a bit of saber-rattling in hopes of influencing a scheduled May 23 SRP board vote.Read More »
The 50th Arizona Legislature has boldly staked its claim to being the most pro-small business Legislature in Arizona’s history. On issue after issue, legislators advanced measures to relieve the tax and regulatory burdens on the engines of our economic recovery, Arizona’s small businesses. Even in instances where lawmakers mistakenly pursued bad policy, they did so with the right motive in mind – creating more jobs.
Here are 2011’s top ten legislative victories for the small business.
Implementing new technology, competition, accountability and effective funding will be the key to preparing Arizona’s children for the complex global marketplace that now awaits them, a panel of education experts said Tuesday.Read More »