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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.