Veterans advocates rally at capitol for better investment in ex-military programs

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About a dozen veterans gathered at the state capitol on Tuesday to continue to pressure Gov. Doug Ducey to invest in veterans causes after the governor reinstated $930,000 to the Military Family Relief Fund. Read story

USGD discusses effects of Ducey's budget-cut proposal on tuition for out-of-state students

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The ramifications of possible tuition hikes for out-of-state students, and Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget decreases in higher education, were topics of strong discussion at the Undergraduate Student Government Downtown meeting Friday. Read story

City Council adds education and mandatory booking policy for sex trafficking suspects

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The Phoenix City Council voted on Wednesday to add an educational component for those sentences for hiring or soliciting prostitutes as well as mandatory booking for all those arrested. The Human Trafficking Task Force will also see some reorganization. Read story

Gallego: House bill to block funding for legal status executive action attacks families

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U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego criticized the recent bill proposed to deter President Obama’s immigration actions Thursday at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, saying it attacks families and politicizes a humanitarian issue. Read story

Full weekend of volunteer opportunities planned in Phoenix in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Since its creation in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has been a day for improving communities across the country in honor of Dr. King. Here’s a list of some of the volunteer opportunities in Phoenix. Read story

Community members voice various concerns at new city transit developments

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Community members expressed concern over a possible increase in the current transit tax at a meeting Thursday, the first of nine that will gauge public opinion on improvements suggested by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation. Read story

Video: Demonstrators rally during First Fridays against alleged police brutality, jury decisions

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Demonstrators rallied around the First Fridays artwalk zone in downtown Phoenix Friday night to protest against police brutality, after a wave of recent national police-involved shootings and grand jury decisions. Read story

Parking meters continue to cause stress for small businesses in downtown Phoenix

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The Phoenix City Council’s implementation of extended parking-meter hours in August has had a range of effects on local businesses and shed light on the patchwork of parking options downtown. Read story

Recent fires spark new concerns over safety

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On occasion, accidents create public debate and discussion. The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s fire in October did just that, causing some to look more closely at Phoenix fire codes, policies and how the public is kept safe. Read story

USGD senator files complaint over pay, says members shouldn't be compensated

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USGD senator Ryan Boyd filed a formal complaint to the university asking to be removed from its payroll. Boyd said he believes that ASU government members should not be paid for their work representing students. Read story