City of Phoenix creates citizen committee for advice on future of public transportation

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Mayor Greg Stanton on Tuesday announced the creation of a citizen’s advisory committee to focus on future public-transportation plans for the city of Phoenix. Read story

Congressman Ed Pastor awarded by the American Public Transportation Association

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Retiring U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor was recognized Thursday by the American Public Transportation Association, winning the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his work bringing light rail to the Valley. Read story

Transgender ASU student appeals contentious prostitution conviction with actress' support

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ASU social work senior Monica Jones issued an appeal to her conviction for “manifesting an intent to commit an act of prostitution.” She was joined at the Tuesday press conference and at a later public discussion at the Herberger Theater by Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and New York-based ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio. Read story

Arizona Republic reporters share experiences reporting on U.S. child-immigration crisis

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A panel of reporters and photographers from the Arizona Republic discussed personal experiences reporting on the recent influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, many of whom have come from Central America into the U.S., at a forum held at the Walter Cronkite School Wednesday. Read story

Gubernatorial candidates discuss education, immigration and economy at open forum

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Republican, Democratic and independent candidates for Arizona governor took the stage at Central High School Tuesday in a forum discussing some of the most divisive topics facing the state today, including immigration, education and corporate welfare. Read story

Week honoring anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964 culminates in downtown celebration

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A week of Phoenix events celebrating the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended on Wednesday night with the Golden Anniversary Celebration at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Read story

Commemorative mural ceremony marks start of Civil Rights Act 50th anniversary events

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Phoenix’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 kicked off Friday with the unveiling of a mural at downtown’s Burton Barr Central Library. The event recognized the artist and the historical figures and events featured in the mural. Read story

Washington Fellowship summer program at ASU brings young African leaders downtown

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ASU was chosen as one of 20 schools to host 25 young African leaders for their inaugural Washington Fellowship exchange program. The fellows will study matters regarding civic leadership in their six-week stay at ASU. Read story

New initiative plans to create downtown Phoenix precinct for police department

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Two proposed initiatives from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association hope to solve understaffing by increasing law enforcement hours and redrawing precinct boundary lines, which would add a new downtown precinct. Read story

City Council approves ordinance to raise parking meter rates, extend meter times

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The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance on Wednesday that will increase the cost of parking meters up to $4 per hour based on demand and extend meter hours of operation to 10 p.m. every day starting this fall. Read story