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Nearly 40 percent of homeless youth across the country identify as LGBTQ, experts say

For a while, Aiden Grae lived in park next to Washington High School, his homelessness prompted by an argument with his grandmother over his sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Arizona homeless disenchanted by politics, face barriers to vote

Hidden behind the government district in downtown Phoenix sits a cluster of homeless shelters, food banks and clinics.

Rick Mead (left) and Jimmy Donnelly break outside Andre's House before lunch. Donnelly was on the streets and a "guest" at the shelter before winning a housing lottery ticket. After volunteering, he's now head of security at Andre's. (Photo by Brooke Stobbe/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Dream Center offers safe haven for at-risk teens and young adults

After the death of his parents, Ian Palmerton spent the first months of his life in an orphanage in Moscow until an American couple came to Russia and brought him to the U.S. to be adopted.

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With a parent in prison, Arizona children face poverty and instability

Matthew Rohrbach has no children of his own, just his wife and a 170-pound Great Dane named Loki. Instead, he has he has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and is matched with 15-year-old Mick — whose father is in prison.

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Roll the tape: Valley police departments deploy body cameras

An officer retrieves a small black box charging in the police station and mounts it onto his or her uniform before heading out for the day. Once the officer is on the job, the box is recording.

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Former inmates still pay for crimes, after they pay debt to society

WASHINGTON - After serving seven years behind bars for securities fraud, Sue Ellen Allen walked out of Perryville Women's prison in Glendale on March 19, 2009. But even as she walked away, prison followed her. Even as she tried to start a new life, she always had to "check the box" that said she had been convicted of a crime.


Supreme Court justices quiz both sides in Arizona redistricting case

WASHINGTON - A lawyer for a group of Arizona voters told the Supreme Court Tuesday that the state's redistricting commission violated the one-person, one-vote principle by packing some legislative districts with Republicans to give Democrats an edge elsewhere.


A House divided – but for Arizona lawmakers, maybe not so much

WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional delegation may not be as polarized in its votes as headlines would make it appear.


Mass emergencies: How prepared is Phoenix?

Experts say preparation of first responders, and their understanding of a building's organization, are key to curbing mass shootings.

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Police warn of home break-ins now that weather is cool and windows are open

Police are investigating a rash of burglaries in Laveen and say the cooler temperatures may be to blame as people leave their windows open.

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Experts say civilians should rarely pull out a gun during an active shooting

In an active shooter situation, there are three options: run, hide, or fight. Experts warn that anyone with a concealed weapon should only use it if they’re well-trained.


City Council updates public on Sky Harbor flight path changes

The Phoenix City Council's Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee met to discuss the latest on the Sky Harbor flight path. There was hope that legislation would be passed in Washington before Thanksgiving to give some local communities relief, but it was pushed back.