Money

Online shopping, extended sales dim, don’t defeat, Black Friday frenzy

WASHINGTON - Earlier sales and expanded online shopping options have cut into Black Friday's appeal, but they have yet to knock it from its position as the elbow-throwing, hectic start of the holiday shopping season for many. Call it Blackish Friday.

To ease teacher shortage, pilot program in Tucson offers free tuition, $1,000 a month

TUCSON – The University of Arizona’s “Pathways to Teaching” program helps people who have already taken 60 hours toward a college degree finish studies that will lead to teaching certificates. Supporters say the pilot program is one small step to decrease teacher shortages and increase retention.

Thanksgiving travelers told to expect record-breaking passenger numbers

WASHINGTON - A total of 55 million people are expected to travel over the 12-day Thanksgiving travel season, with 31.6 million of them taking to the skies, both increases over last year. Busiest will be the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after - which could set a one-day record of 3.1 million fliers.

House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

WASHINGTON - A House committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration.

In or out?: Millions affected by Equifax breach must decide this week

WASHINGTON - As many as 3 million Arizonans whose personal data may have been exposed in a 2017 data breach have to decide by Tuesday whether to be part of a settlement with Equifax for that breach. Advocates say the settlement is not much, but that consumers should probably take it.

Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases

WASHINGTON - The Navajo Nation said Tuesday it is canceling indemnity agreements for the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., fearing the tribe's finances could be "placed in a state of uncertainty" by the company's recent purchase of three coal mines.

Falling foot traffic across border worries businesses, state officials

NOGALES, Ariz. - Business owners in Nogales worry that long wait times at the border are driving down the number of pedestrians who cross to shop in Arizona, a drop that state officials worry could be felt throughout Arizona's economy if crossing times don't improve.

SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away

WASHINGTON - The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant's owners said, , once the plant burns through its remaining supply of coal. It's the final chapter in a two-year fight to save the aging plant, the affiliated Kayenta coal mine and their hundreds of jobs,