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Sen. Abel Maldonado
Sen. Abel Maldonado will be sworn in as California's 47th lieutenant governor today, putting an end to five months of legislative limbo over filling the vacant post.

The uproar surrounding Arizona's recent passage of the nation's most stringent immigration law has already produced a new candidate for the Senate seat that has been occupied for 24 years by John McCain: civil rights attorney Randy Parraz.

Many officials in Arizona's tourism and hospitality industry fear that the state's new immigration law is anything but hospitable.

Seconds before snapping the Pulitzer Prize winning photo of an armed federal agent confronting Elian Gonzalez, Associated Press photographer Alan Diaz recalls trying to reassure the frightened boy that everything was going to be okay.

About two-thirds of the nearly 47 million Hispanics in the United States are of Mexican descent, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Read recent editorials from the left and right on Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Alana De La Garza, an award-winning actress who portrays a tough-but-sympathetic assistant district attorney on "Law & Order," is pregnant, and will appear on the show as such.

HispanTelligence Research
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

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