We see them every day. The man standing along the freeway ramp asking for money. The woman, dressed in layers, pushing a shopping cart. People walking into libraries carrying bags stuffed with personal belongings.
They’re easy to spot as you drive around the Valley: people holding signs asking for handouts. Many people asked us why there are so many panhandlers and what police and government entities are doing about it. Here’s what we found.
Construction is underway on First Place – Phoenix, a unique project for adults with autism. The $15 million project near Third Street and Thomas Road is designed to encourage independent living, connecting residents with autism and other neuro-diversities to their community.
Authorities arrested four Chinese nationals Thursday who were involved in a scheme to falsely take college entrance exams. The students used the exam scores to gain admission to Arizona State University, Northeastern University, Penn State University, and, according to prosecutors, paid nearly $7,000 to do it.
When it comes to oil, Mexico is a major business partner to the U.S., and American investors are even looking into Mexico’s expanding energy market. But recent violent clashes in Mexico’s black-market oil could affect those investments.