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 The Last Mile Works
Most prisoners who work behind bars make close to nothing. But a new program is basically creating a web development startup inside San Quentin prison in California and paying the inmates who work there $16.79 an hour. It’s called The Last Mile Works, part of The Last Mile, a program which teaches prisoners coding skills.
Aug. 8, 2017
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As consumers, we consume — and sometimes that translates to buying a lot of items or using more water or energy than we really need. And that’s a big part of the reason Earth Overshoot Day arrived so early this year on Aug. 2. To learn more, we spoke with Global Footprint Network CEO Mathis Wackernagel.
Aug. 8, 2017
pencils
When Gov. Doug Ducey passed his budget last year, a big chunk of it was made up of new spending for a signature performance pay plan for public schools — $38 million to be exact. But the school year is about to start and districts are still questioning when they will receive the money — and how exactly it has to be spent.
Aug. 8, 2017
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Three U.S. Marines died over the weekend when an Osprey aircraft crashed off the east coast of Australia in an incident the Marines are calling a “mishap.” The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the accident has brought the Osprey aircraft that they were flying back into sharp focus again.
Aug. 8, 2017
As TopGolf makes plans to build its first West Valley location, Glendale is looking ahead to see just how this new venue will impact the city.
Aug. 8, 2017
Epidemic
When a catastrophe hits, one of the first things that’s needed is resources, specifically money. The same thing goes for pandemics. The World Bank is trying to get money to places that need it in times of crisis, and has introduced something called “pandemic bonds” to help poorer countries fight outbreaks more quickly.
Aug. 8, 2017
police line do not cross
Freelance reporter Sean Holstege spent years digging into the world of cold cases here in Arizona, and his new cover story in The Phoenix New Times, “Hot Nights, Cold Cases” looks at the question: Why is Phoenix a "capital" of unsolved murders?
Aug. 8, 2017
Phoenix VA hospital
Brandon Coleman is the VA employee who blew the whistle in 2015 that suicidal veterans were leaving the ER without being checked. His decision to talk led to retaliation. In April, Trump signed an order creating a new VA office: the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, and Coleman is the new face of the department.
Aug. 8, 2017
Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.
Aug. 8, 2017
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake hasn’t been shy about criticizing President Trump. On a new book, Flake takes aim at Trump’s style and his often-abusive language, as well as his substance, including his anti-free trade stance and attacks on immigrants and refugees. We spoke with Flake about those issues and his book.
Aug. 8, 2017
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Some organisms really thrive in the heat. In the geysers of Yellowstone National Park, you find all kinds of thermophiles — bacteria, viruses, funguses — living in water hot enough to blister your skin.
Aug. 8, 2017
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The situation in Venezuela continues to unravel.
Aug. 8, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections building
A federal judge chastised the director of the Arizona Department of Corrections on Tuesday for challenging his authority. Director Ryan is the defendant in an ongoing settlement over access to prison health care.
Aug. 8, 2017
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The debate over so-called sanctuary cities has ramped up with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice determined to crack down on undocumented immigration. Another city that has been under the DOJ spotlight is Albuquerque, New Mexico. Matthew Reichbach, editor of the New Mexico Political Report, joins me with more.
Aug. 8, 2017
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State Park planners announced a third public meeting for the proposed Rockin' River State Park in Verde Valley.
Aug. 8, 2017
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Members of the group Save Our Schools said they will turn in more than 100,000 petition signatures Tuesday to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s expanded school voucher program.
Aug. 8, 2017
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley acknowledged the state constitution protects Burns’ right to subpoena a corporation, especially when elected officials and publicly traded corporations are involved.
Aug. 8, 2017
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Repair work has started at a Phoenix shelter for homeless families. The UMOM shelter experienced extensive flood damage from last week’s monsoon storms.
Aug. 8, 2017
Jenni Vega
Since late last year, we’ve been periodically speaking to a group of LGBT people in the Valley about how the election has been affecting them.
Aug. 8, 2017
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The Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed its final budget for this year, but just barely.
Aug. 8, 2017

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