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Flagstaff introduces vouchers for panhandlers

Richard Russler, 77, stands on a corner in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2014 asking passers-by for financial help. The Flagstaff Police Department has introduced a voucher program to discourage people from giving cash to panhandlers. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Ever since a federal judge in Arizona ruled that a law criminalizing panhandling in public places is unconstitutional, Flagstaff police say the mountain city has been saturated with people turning to begging as their main source of income. Authorities are hoping a new program announced this week will help people with genuine needs and push out panhandlers who rely on charity to pay for substance-abuse problems.

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