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  • The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage...

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children— including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings. The request— $150 million more than in this year's budget— sets aside $58 million in new funding for school construction and $18 million in new funding for repairs.

  • Microchip Tech beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:52 PM ET

    CHANDLER, Ariz. _ Microchip Technology Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $86.1 million. Analysts expected $523.5 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Microchip Tech expects its per-share earnings to range from 65 cents to 67 cents.

  • Meritage beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Meritage Homes Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $49.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share. Analysts expected $712.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • Land commissioner halts huge renewable energy project Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:31 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West. Two public meetings have been scheduled March in Deming and Socorro to discuss the project. He called it "one example that the State...

  • Ducey explains decision to stop citing Uber, Lyft drivers Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    Doug Ducey on Thursday said he stopped state regulators from citing drivers for rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft because the policy wasn't working and was hampering job creation. It comes as the Legislature works on a deal allowing the new and growing ridesharing industry to operate legally while protecting consumers. The Legislature passed a bill...

  • Swift Transportation beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ Swift Transportation Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $58.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. Swift Transportation shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Former Arizona Republic publisher dies at age 67 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:29 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Sue Clark-Johnson, a pioneering figure in the newspaper industry who served as publisher of the Arizona Republic and Reno Gazette Journal during a lengthy career at Gannett Co., has died. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Clark-Johnson died after a short illness. Clark-Johnson's career in the newspaper business spanned more than four...

  • The US measles threat: Now at 'critical point' Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:42 PM ET
    People visit Disneyland on Jan. 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

    Cases of measles are still rising among the unvaccinated, whom officials warn will almost certainly be infected if they are exposed to the disease.

  • Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Many Super Bowl attendees will choose house rentals over hotels this year in a move that allows homeowners to bring in big earnings if they're willing to take the risk. Vacation home rentals have been available in the Phoenix area for years privately and through websites such as Vrbo and Airbnb, but the focus on the city has never been sharper than this...

  • Knight Transportation beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    PHOENIX _ Knight Transportation Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Knight Transportation shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Apple, P&G, Stryker also see headwinds. NEW YORK, Jan 27- A slew of U.S. multinational companies, from DuPont to Procter& Gamble, showed that a strong U.S. dollar hurt their earnings, and several blue-chip exporters said the situation will get worse if the greenback holds its strength. The pain is hitting multiple sectors, including industrial companies such as 3 M Co,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • *Apple also at risk; Microsoft shares plummet on currency concern. NEW YORK, Jan 27- A slew of U.S. multinational companies from DuPont to Microsoft Corp showed that a strong U.S. dollar is hammering their earnings, with several blue chip exporters predicting the situation will get worse if the greenback holds its strength. The pain is hitting multiple sectors...

  • PHOENIX— Federal authorities say an immigrant was out on bond and awaiting deportation hearings when he killed a Phoenix- area convenience store clerk over a pack of cigarettes. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement took Altamirano into custody on Jan. 3, 2013, after learning of his conviction in Maricopa County in Arizona. Altamirano was free on bond when two...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. Google officials said five Western cities previously identified as finalists remain in the running for fiber down the line. "We had four cities here in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • U.S. House Speaker Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles' Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November's elections, have gotten off to a clumsy start this year, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, as legislative initiatives have been derailed by attacks from inside the party. "A growing body of people are sick and tired of the' trust me we'll do...

  • Freeport-McMoran reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    PHOENIX _ Freeport-McMoran Copper& Gold Inc. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $2.85 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Analysts expected $5.18 billion, according to Zacks.