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Arizona has some 25,000 homeless schoolchildren

The number of homeless schoolchildren in Arizona has surpassed 25,000, an increase of nearly 18 percent in the past year. Education officials say the rise is driven by the soaring rate of unemployment and foreclosures.

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Paradise Valley to refund traffic cam tickets

Paradise Valley giveth tickets and now the town will be taking 1,000 photo enforcement tickets away because of a bad yellow-light timer. The ticket refunds are expected to total $36,000, officials said.

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Audit shows deficiencies within child agency

A state audit of Child Protective Services accuses the agency of failing to investigate complaints of abuse in group homes and treatment centers in the required time frame.

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Light rail marks 6 months of service

After six months, light rail riders are giving the trains running between Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa a thumbs up. "It's very easy, very straightforward. Everything is clearly marked," said light rail rider M. Davis of Tempe. Monthly ridership rose from 911,883 in January to 1,044,135 in April before dropping to 928,259 in May.

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Bill banning speed cameras alive again

A state Senate committee has resurrected a measure banning photo enforcement cameras on Arizona highways. The measure was tacked on to a transportation bill that would make it easier for the state to create toll roads. The package passed a ...

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19 seek job on Phoenix City Council

There are 19 applicants to replace Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier, who resigned after Gov. Jan Brewer named her the new state land commissioner. The deadline to apply for the job was June 25. The council is expected to interview ...

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Ariz. not disclosing agency list in shutdown plans

Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration is not disclosing what state government services could continue or be forced to shut down if a new state budget isn’t passed before a looming deadline. William Bell, Brewer’s Department of Administration director, on June 8 ...

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Napolitano kills domestic satellite program

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano killed a program begun by the Bush administration that would use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law enforcement.

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Ex-DPS officer accused in crime syndicate

Law enforcement agencies are accusing a former Department of Public Safety officer of playing a key role in a Phoenix-area crime syndicate.

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