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ASU Cancels Study Abroad Program In Egypt

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by in Blogs | Education | Politics | Travel

On January 25th, Egyptian citizens erupted in violent revolution against corruption, extensive poverty, enormous national unemployment and numerous governance problems of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak — and two Arizona State students were caught in its crossfire. The students were studying abroad in Cairo at the time political unrest hit its threshold in late January; and… Read More →

Many Arizona Small Businesses And Banks Say A Federal Loan Program Isn’t Needed

Many Arizona Small Businesses And Banks Say A Federal Loan Program Isn’t Needed - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured | Finance

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that aims to increase small business lending. But it’s not exactly popular among Arizona’s small companies and community banks. They question whether a multibillion-dollar loan fund created by the legislation will achieve its goal. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 will establish a $30 billion… Read More →

Arizona’s Unemployment Rate Climbs In August

by in Economy | Workforce

Despite some gains in the governmental sector, the state’s unemployment rate for August rose one-tenth of a percent to 9.7 percent as private sector hiring was flat, according to the Arizona Department of Commerce. Usually, Arizona’s economy generates jobs in August, but last month only 28,000 jobs were created. That was still better than August… Read More →

We Need Immigration Reform, Not Immigration Hype

by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

SB 1070. It has been a few months since it passed, making Arizona the focus of so much national attention. As I have listened to Arizona, the entire country, and even some international Latina singers debate the issue, I have found ironies on both sides. First, on the pro-SB 1070 side: Republicans (especially Arizona Republicans… Read More →

Green News Roundup – Recycling, Oil Spill, Climate Change & More

Battling Urban Sprawl by Creating Parks
by in Blogs | Green

Welcome to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about stylish ways to recycle your paper, climate change regulation, urban sprawl and more. Please feel free to send along any stories you’d like to see in the roundup by e-mailing me at Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles on sustainability… Read More →

Green News Roundup-Sustainable Haiti, Economic Development & More

Green World
by in Economy | Green

The catastrophic events that have stricken the people of Haiti demonstrate — quite lamentably — that in a world of nanotechnology, Google-enabled mobile phones, double tall soy lattes, and proposed universal healthcare, there remain societies on the brink of social, economic, and environmental collapse. For comparison sake, recall the 1989 earthquake that struck the San… Read More →

WESTMARC Unveils The Results Of A Work Force Labor Market Study

West Valley Industry Turnover

What started as an initiative from the city of Surprise Economic Development Department quickly turned into an unprecedented work force study on the entire West Valley spearheaded by WESTMARC. The study came about through a collaboration of communities, corporations, government entities and educational institutions that contributed more than $150,000 to fund the report. “West Valley… Read More →

$467 Million For Geothermal And Solar Energy Projects

by in Blogs | Green | Tech

Sustainability is an ongoing movement that requires commitment from all — from politicians to regular citizens and everyone in between. In my ongoing quest of educating myself about news and events going on in the world of “green” I came across this release from the U.S. Department of Energy. During the 2008 presidential campaign President… Read More →