Haitian workers endure harsh living, working conditions in company settlement

Undocumented or stateless, after the Dominican Republic stripped their citizenship status, Haitian workers and those of Haitian descent find it difficult to leave harsh living and working conditions at Central Romana's sugar cane fields.

Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic suffer amid U.S. embargo on Central Romana

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic - Haitian and stateless sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic continue to suffer worsening conditions of forced labor that has led to a U.S. embargo on sugar produced by Central Romana Corp.

Report: State added 13,000 clean-energy jobs in past year, 7th best in U.S.

WASHINGTON - Arizona added almost 13,000 clean-energy jobs in the past year, good enough for seventh-most among states and evidence that the state is becoming a "powerhouse" for clean energy and electric vehicle production, a new report says.

‘Very personal project’: Repurposed shipping containers provide alternative shelter for those experiencing homelessness

PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix has teamed up with nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul and metal fabrication company Steel + Spark to provide another shelter option using shipping containers.

The XWing consists of four containers that can sleep up to 20 people. People staying in these units will have access to all the resources provided at St. Vincent de Paul, including restrooms, showers, three meals a day and other services. (Photo by Evelin Ruelas/Cronkite News)

Tucson says $50 million grant will kick off ‘transformational’ redevelopment

WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said a $50 million federal grant will allow the city to begin work on long-awaited "transformational" redevelopment of the Oracle Road and Miracle Mile area near downtown.

Coconino official tells House ‘anti-ESG’ bills threaten public investments

WASHINGTON - Coconino County Treasurer Sarah Benatar told House lawmakers Tuesday that it's her job to get the best, and safest, return on public investments for taxpayers, but that "anti-ESG" legislation puts public dollars at risk.

Latest student debt-relief plan could mean $1 billion for 20,000 in Arizona

WASHINGTON – More than 20,000 Arizona residents would see $1 billion in student debt erased under a Biden administration plan unveiled just two weeks after the Supreme Court struck down a previous debt-forgiveness plan.

Inflation hits Valley animal shelters; adoptions decline amidst soaring costs

PHOENIX – With inflation rising in Maricopa County, animal shelters are feeling the impact through a drop in adoptions and an increase in animal surrenders.

A heart-warming sign greets visitors to the Arizona Humane Society. (Photo by Alexandria Cullen/Cronkite News)

Teaching Tempe: City leaders learn to ready workers for infrastructure jobs

WASHINGTON - Tempe was one of 16 cities invited to Washington this week for a Labor Department "academy" to help local governments learn how to overcome challenges with the implementation of the "once in a generation" Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Phoenix area inflation cools, but still higher than national average rise

WASHINGTON - Phoenix-area inflation has cooled since its peak last summer, but the region's 4.4% increase since last June is still higher than the national average of 3% over the same period, new data shows.

Federal development funds will let Oklahoma tribes expand access to capital

WASHINGTON - Three Oklahoma tribal nations will receive more than 40% of the initial $73 million in funding from a federal small business initiative that for the first time is being targeted directly to tribes.

For July Fourth picnic prices, inflation is down this year – but not done

WASHINGTON - Americans can expect to pay less for their Independence Day cookouts than they did last year but don't go setting off fireworks over the drop - it's still 14% higher than two years ago after a historic spike in 2022.