On Dec. 19, 2013, then-Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton went on national television and made a big announcement: 'We have zero chronically homeless veterans on the street.” It was part of a program called H3, and in the five years since, the overall number of homeless veterans across the Valley has actually increased. In the special report “Homes for the Brave,” KJZZ explores why.
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Concerns about the highly potent opioid fentanyl are on the rise in Arizona. But Arizona appeared to be holding off the “tidal wave” of deaths compared to places like the Midwest and New England. That could be changing.
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Nearly 20 percent of teenagers surveyed across the country recently said they sometimes could not finish their homework because they didn’t have a good enough internet connection at home. The data from the Pew Research Center is the latest to look at what’s called the "digital divide." Monica Anderson is a senior researcher at Pew and said the numbers are even worse when you break them down by race.
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Sen. Jeff Flake Threatens To Derail Judicial Nominees
Flake says he won’t vote to advance nominees out of the Judiciary Committee, or vote for them on the Senate floor, unless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allows a floor vote on a bill to shield special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Meeting Held To Address Falling Lake Mead Water Levels
Earlier this summer, officials issued a warning: If we don’t take action, Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the West, is in danger of falling below critical levels in just a few years. Thursday morning, in a highly anticipated meeting, the board of the Central Arizona Project is meeting to propose a plan of action.
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Sounds Of The City: The State’s Tallest Christmas Tree
Listen to the sounds of Ryan Etherton decorating the 80-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Outlets at Anthem. The tree lighting ceremony is Saturday evening.
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Mayor: Desert Edge Project
Scottsdale voters last week overwhelmingly approved Proposition 420. The measure requires a public vote for development projects inside the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
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