Gubernatorial candidates discuss education, immigration and economy at open forum


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


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


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


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


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


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

Arizona gubernatorial candidate forum asks for stances on national image and state issues


The importance of Arizona’s current and future leaders in shaping the state’s national identity was emphasized by all nine candidates running for state governor at Friday’s gubernatorial forum at the Phoenix Convention Center, organized by the Center for the Future of Arizona’s The Arizona We Want Institute. Read story

Finding strength within: a look at Phoenix's efforts to help sex-trafficking victims


Savannah Sanders, a recent graduate from ASU’s School of Social Work and a former sex-trafficking victim, works along with other state programs to help victims of human trafficking regain their footing. Read story

City of Phoenix and AARP Experience Corps work toward increasing literacy rates


Phoenix elementary school students struggling with reading can get some help from members of the AARP Experience Corps starting in the fall. The literacy program joins others including Read On Phoenix. Read story

Japanese Friendship Garden will feel effects of nearby highway construction


The Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix is a place of serenity, meditation and peace for its visitors. But that won’t be the case this summer, when construction will begin on a nearby highway tunnel. The project requires many trees, plants and shrubs to be excavated and removed from the garden. Read story