Lenders reassure students, after feds allow collection fees on defaults

WASHINGTON - Loan guaranty companies hailed an Education Department directive that will let them again begin charging collection fees to students who default on a specific category of loan, a practice prohibited under the Obama administration.

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

NOGALES -- Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but a local food bank is approaching them all head-on.

Change to believe in: $1 coin, other changes could save billions

WASHINGTON - Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending.

Bill to exempt tribes from some labor oversight draws union concerns

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders called on Congress Wednesday to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.

HGTV outfits Scottsdale home with ‘smart’ technology for contest

SCOTTSDALE – Cable network HGTV has decked out a Scottsdale home with new technology that will allow the homeowner to lock the door, raise window shades and control their showers from a smartphone or tablet.

Phoenix officials tout new ‘Lost Lake’ music festival, but neighbors express concerns

PHOENIX – Imagine tens of thousands of people gathering at a park in the heart of Phoenix for a three-day, multi-stage music festival along the likes of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Outside Lands Music Festival.

City of Phoenix opens new trade office, signs economic agreements with two Mexican cities

PHOENIX -- The City of Phoenix has taken major steps toward increasing its economic relationship with Mexico with the opening of a trade office in Hermosillo, Sonora, and the signing of memorandums of understanding with Hermosillo and the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa.

Trump rolls back Obama coal, clean-air rules; critics question impact

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's executive order rolling back at least a half-dozen Obama-era climate policies will not save coal jobs as the president claims, but it will definitely harm the environment, critics said Tuesday.

Just like death and taxes, tax scammers are a sure thing, IRS warns

WASHINGTON - The tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, which means tax scams are in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service warns.

Final Four security to include ‘busiest night in the history of Downtown Phoenix’

GLENDALE — The confidence Glendale and Phoenix officials have in security measures for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four stems from success protecting other major events, including the College Football Playoff and two Super Bowls.

Female entrepreneurs launch expo to promote black-owned businesses in Phoenix area

PHOENIX – Michelle Thomas, the founder of nonprofit Mocha Princess, said there’s a black-owned business out there “for anything you need.”

Time to take out the trash: Young innovators work on ways to reduce landfill waste

PHOENIX - An app that tracks a garbage truck’s route in real time and bins that help users better separate trash from recyclables are among potential inventions vying for a $20,000 trash award.