By Linxiao Li
It sounds like a good deal - free meals to all students in certain low-income schools - but some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch. The poorest schools would be fully reimbursed, but those that have to pay some costs face hard choices.
The unemployment rate in Arizona stands at around 7 percent this Labor Day, down from a high of almost 11 percent three years ago. That's good news, but experts said part of the improvement is due to the fact that relatively fewer workers are competing for jobs now.
The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are petitioning the federal government to make the monarch butterfly an endangered species. Calling the need urgent, they cite a population drop of more than 90 percent over the past two decades.
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