Shutdown cost economy $11 billion, but long-term effects likely minimal

WASHINGTON - The five-week government shutdown shaved as much as $11 billion off the gross domestic product while it lasted, and while much of that lost activity will come back when federal workers are repaid, other officials said the impact on individuals should not be minimized.

It’s the law that can’t be obeyed: Firms hire with E-Verify on hiatus

WASHINGTON – Arizona law requires businesses to use E-Verify, a system that checks job applicants' citizenship status, but with the government shutdown halting the service employers have to roll the dice and hope any new hires check out after government, and the service, come back.

Bill targeting ‘unfair’ trade in Mexican produce would raise prices, critics say

NOGALES – Fruit and vegetable growers in Arizona and Mexico say a bill in Congress intended to address unfair practices by Mexican growers would help producers in Florida but force higher prices for U.S. consumers.