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March for Our Lives taking push for gun-law reforms, voter registration on the road

Amanda Fahey and Jordan Dafnis Thursday, July 19, 2018 March for Our Lives taking push for gun-law reforms, voter registration on the road PHOENIX – March for Our Lives, the student-led movement for sensible gun-law reforms, hosted a “Breakfast for Our Lives” on Thursday and announced a summer bus tour to educate and register young voters. This summer, March for Our Lives launched a 20-state bus tour , but because it does not include Arizona, local activists started their own. The breakfast also served as a fundraiser to pay for bus rentals and drivers. Students are using the tour as an opportunity to promote voter outreach and start new chapters across the state. The idea is to elect representatives who support public demands for effective gun laws. Toni St John, the Hamilton High School student who organized an unauthorized walkout by 600 students on April 20 – the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting – told the breakfast how she was galvanized by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “It came out of this place of anger and sadness and want for change” she said. Her actions resulted in a week of detention, an experience she was unfamiliar with, but the mission to stop gun violence outweighed the consequences, she said. March for Our Lives gained momentum after an enormous...

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Phoenix works with community to replace aging public-housing complex

Ellen O’Brien Thursday, July 19, 2018 Phoenix works with community to replace aging public-housing complex PHOENIX – As new apartment buildings crowd the downtown skyline and rents rise across Phoenix, low-income residents continue to rely on decades-old public housing. But that’s beginning to change: In June, the city announced that the A.L. Krohn East apartments in central Phoenix will be completely replaced with new units. Access to affordable housing is a chronic problem for low-income residents, including Imelda Hartley, who has lived at A.L. Krohn East for close to two years. “Before I was able to move here, I was living for years in a one-bedroom apartment with eight children,” said Hartley, who’s the CEO of Happy Tamales, a catering service. “So, for me to be able to live in affordable housing, a five bedroom for me is just … I’m in heaven.” A.L. Krohn East, tucked among historic single-family homes and new construction near Eastlake Park at Jefferson and 16th streets, is an inconspicuous mix of mustard-color walls, red roofs and scruffy patches of Bermuda grass between sidewalks. The apartments were built in the early 1960s; the last improvement was a decade ago, when air-conditioning replaced the swamp coolers common in other public-housing complexes. In June, Phoenix announced that it received Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Arizona Department of Housing to redevelop the property. The tax credit...

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As Trump continues to explain Putin remarks, lawmakers continue to feud

Sarabeth Henne Thursday, July 19, 2018 As Trump continues to explain Putin remarks, lawmakers continue to feud WASHINGTON – A day after President Donald Trump walked back his statements on Russian meddling in U.S. elections, the issue still simmered Wednesday in Washington where some lawmakers said the president cannot make up for his “ridiculous” original statement. Trump said Monday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful denial” of interference in the 2016 election, then said Tuesday that he misspoke, saying “would” when he meant “wouldn’t.” “The fact that this president believes that by just saying that he missed putting the apostrophe in the right area, that he now somehow fixes this massive problem is not the solution,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, one of six House military veterans criticizing Trump Wednesday. While even his staunchest supporters were not rushing to defend Trump’s statements at his Helsinki summit with Putin, some were praising the larger summit meeting between the two leaders. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, said in an editorial published Wednesday in USAToday that critics were basing the success or failure of the summit on “a few sentences in a news conference.” “The complainers should take a step back and reassess,” Biggs wrote. “The media event may not have been a perfect 10, but it wasn’t a zero either.” The White House sounded a similar theme...

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