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Locked out: Section 8 housing vouchers fail to open doors for low-income renters

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:38:29 -0500

The Housing Choice Voucher program was designed to introduce participants to neighborhoods of opportunity. But most fail to find a way in.


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Ex-Tempe teacher gets lifetime probation in student sex case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:30 -0500

Kara Loofborough pleaded guilty to luring and sexual exploitation of a minor for incidents involving a 13-year-old boy.


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Report: Some Arizona charter schools unlawfully exclude, deter students

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:05:37 -0500

The ACLU of Arizona examined 471 charter schools' enrollment materials, finding "illegal or exclusionary" policies and procedures at more than half.


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American Airlines tries to charge Mesa mom $150 to check frozen breast milk

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:31:38 -0500

Sarah Salow, a 30-year-old from Mesa, said she boarded the plane to Phoenix humiliated and hysterical.


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Arizona lawmakers' effort to raise funds for border fence ends – with nothing built

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:52 -0500

A six-year effort ended Tuesday with the last of the money raised from donors going to a county sheriff for a 'virtual' fence.


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Phoenix pumps $125K more into research for Suns arena upgrades

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:21:45 -0500

Phoenix will pay an additional $125,000 to study renovations to the Suns Arena, despite concern that city has not yet received a report on the topic.


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Once-high-flying Quepasa chief Jeff Peterson under fire as $9M gone in online startups

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:25:56 -0500

Ex-Quepasa head Jeff Peterson is under fire as board members, investors ask what happened to $9 million in investments in new online ventures.


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Man who police forced to eat marijuana gets $100K from city of Phoenix

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:53:38 -0500

It's a far cry from the initial $3.5 million Edgar Castro requested for emotional distress and alleged civil-rights violation, but a win nonetheless.


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Police: 3-year-old abuse victim dies; mother's boyfriend could face homicide charges

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:59:55 -0500

A 3-year-old dies after being abused, police say. They are recommending homicide charges against 33-year-old Sidney Michael Launders.


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Tribe: Sunrise Park ski resort to open Friday despite Facebook post announcing closing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:58:44 -0500

Resort officials are investigating if the Facebook post was created by a disgruntled employee fired on Wednesday.


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Daniel Shaver's widow: It took 'watching my husband die' for people to care

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:45:43 -0500

Laney Sweet made her first public comment since ex-Mesa police Officer Philip Brailsford was acquitted of 2nd-degree murder in Daniel Shaver's death.


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Federal prosecutors want to let Joe Arpaio case go. Will U.S. judges let them?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:44 -0500

DOJ announced Wednesday that it won't defend the guilty verdict against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in an appeals case.


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Police: Scottsdale man fakes cancer, takes $30,000 from family, friends

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:28:33 -0500

From 2010 to 2015, Christopher Wade Nelson solicited thousands of dollars from strangers, acquaintances, family members and friends, police said.


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Why is Mesa called the Valley's 'Gateway' city?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:01 -0500

Thanks to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Mesa is thought of as the eastern entry to the Valley. But the airport wasn't first to use that descriptor.


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Phoenix neighbors push back on plan for jail re-entry program

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:53:18 -0500

Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing expanding Durango Jail in southwest Phoenix to make room for new anti-recidivism programs. Neighbors oppose it.


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Spreading holiday cheer: Phoenix Children's Hospital seeks donated toys for 'Toyland'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:58:32 -0500

Each child admitted to Phoenix Children's Hospital during the holiday season will receive a gift.


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Fire destroys Mesa's $40,000 Christmas tree

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:53:27 -0500

An early morning fire tore through Mesa's "Merry Main Street" Christmas tree.


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'Obamacare' insurance sign-up period for 2018 coverage ends Friday

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:31:21 -0500

Enrollment experts predict Arizona's Affordable Care Act sign-ups will fall short of last year's total


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Phoenix volunteers transform injured veteran's home, outlook on life

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:30:41 -0500

HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Home Depot Foundation fixed up Claudena Lehr's home as part of their ongoing partnership to improve veterans' lives.


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'Her death was not in vain': County attorney traces DCS gains to Ame Deal's gruesome death

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:11:23 -0500

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery praises child-welfare gains even as questions swirl about the latest child fatality.


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Astronaut posts awe-inspiring photos of the Grand Canyon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:53:19 -0500

Ever wondered what the Grand Canyon looks like from space? Astronaut Randy Bresnik snapped some amazing images from the International Space Station.


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Arizona schools hired 1,035 underqualified teachers this school year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:28:58 -0500

The certificate, called the Emergency Teaching Certificate, allows an Arizona school to employ underqualified teachers.


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Ex-polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:40:43 -0500

Lyle Jeffs was accused of being the ring-leader of a scheme that diverted $11 million in food-stamp to a communal storehouse for years.


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El Mirage Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:29:51 -0500

Bomb-sniffing dogs were searching El Mirage Elementary School on Wednesday and the school was evacuated.


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Arizona shelter pups head to Pennsylvania to find new families

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:11:41 -0500

Small dogs from Phoenix headed to Pennsylvania to be part of a large adoption event.


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Police: 2 hospitalized after shooting in Glendale home

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:48:48 -0500

One of the gunshot victims may have life-threatening injuries, police said.


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Homeowners earn extra cash with Airbnb during UA, ASU football games

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:00:07 -0500

Homeowners living near Arizona State University and the University of Arizona campuses generated roughly $50 a night on average for seasonal rentals.


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7 Scottsdale date spots 'Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr. could visit

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:08:28 -0500

From the Desert Botanical Gardens to the Phoenix International Raceway, here's where Season 22 'Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr. could grace the Valley.


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Shut out by Section 8

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:05:24 -0500

The Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program in the country, often ends up keeping voucher recipients out of "areas of opportunity" and in high-poverty neighborhoods.


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Desert Schools credit union will have a new name Jan. 1

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:14:10 -0500

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Arizona's largest credit union founded in 1939, soon be known as something else come Jan. 1.


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Effects of Arizona's teacher turnover

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:38:03 -0500

Dan Hunting of the Morrison Institute explains how high teacher turnover impacts Arizona schools.


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