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Some schools take a pass on program to give free meals to students

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.

Experts: Shrinking workforce, not job growth, driving jobless rate drop

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.

Tribal casinos in the metro Phoenix area

Renewable-energy project gives state fastest clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation's biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.

Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400 million casino resort

While opponents have objected to the West Valley Resort and Casino being within a city, the Tohono O’odham Nation contends the development is reparation for flooding caused by a dam built on the Gila River. Watch video

High court: No automatic priority for contractor’s lien under state law

A lien placed by a construction firm doesn’t automatically have priority over other liens recorded after work begins on a development, according to a Arizona Supreme Court ruling. The decision stems from a longstanding court battle over a downtown Phoenix high-rise.

Arizona group pushing feds to protect monarch butterflies

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.

Places to see monarch butterflies in Arizona

Immigration judges urge Congress to fix record-high caseload backlog

Congress needs to double the number of judges and reorganize immigration courts to cope with a record-high 375,000 backlogged cases - including 15,000 in Arizona - two of those judges said. A fix "wouldn't be cheap" but action must be taken if justice is to be served, they said.

A timeline of Arizona Rattlers history

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