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Cronkite News: March 1, 2016

Staff Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Cronkite News: March 1, 2016 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on Super Tuesday and why Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have struggled to pick up the Latino vote..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Homeless shelter funds dwindling as summer heat looms

Amber Kahwaji Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Homeless shelter funds dwindling as summer heat looms A Maricopa County grant is keeping overnight shelter services available to the homeless, but the grant is expected to run out around June 30 as summer temperature burn hotter. County and Phoenix officials have no clear long-term funding solution for shelters used by hundreds every day. “We’re currently looking at models in different municipalities. How do other regions take care of their homeless problem?” said Clint Hickman, who chairs the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority granted $170,000 to Valley of the Sun United Way, an organization that funds non-profit community organizations. Valley of the Sun United Way is using the grant to fund St. Vincent de Paul and the Lodestar Day Resource Center, two facilities acting as temporary overnight shelters. Both centers provide meals, as well as mats with blankets for those who choose to spend the night. The grant is slated to fund the centers, located on the same campus, through June. City, county and community organizations are working to find money to keep shelters open to Phoenix area homeless once the grant money runs out. “It’s...

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Chefs and restaurant inspectors share responsibility to keep food safe

Blake Benard Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Chefs and restaurant inspectors share responsibility to keep food safe Chefs and health inspectors approach dining out in different ways but share a common goal: to reward your trust in restaurants by making sure food is safe for you to eat. Tips: Observe your server’s behavior. “When I’m dining at a restaurant, I mean I’m walking in, I’m looking at a table. I’m watching my server. Are they touching my silverware in a way they shouldn’t be. How are they holding the glass when they deliver it to me?” Wolf said. “When they walk away from the table, are they scratching their face or sneezing then touching the plate that they serve food on?” Speak up. If you see a potential safety violation or eat food that doesn’t seem right, say so. “Don’t be afraid to be that customer,” Wolf said. “You can kill people if you’re not being careful. People can get extremely sick,” said Christopher Wolf, executive chef at Arizona Culinary Institute, which trains future chefs. It’s a serious issue. Recently, Chipotle, the national restaurant chain, dealt with an E. Coli outbreak that affected 55 people and hospitalized 21 . In 2013, an E. coli oubreak at a Mexican food restaurant in the southwest Valley sickened 94 people and led to the temporary closure of the restaurant. Chefs and others who...

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Tempe considers ban on sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks

Alexis Dominguez Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Tempe considers ban on sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks The Tempe City Council is considering banning people from sitting or sleeping on downtown Tempe sidewalks because businesses complain it deters customers. The ordinance, expected to come before the council in April for a vote, would allow police to warn violators they have to move to a bench or somewhere else or be fined $100. If it’s approved it could take effect by May. A similar ban was in place for 15 years but was lifted two years ago after panhandlers and people lying on sidewalks dropped. Since 2014 there has been a 200 percent increase in the amount of people sitting and lying on sidewalks, according to council documents. “It’s invasive and it’s off putting,” said Peter Crocoll, a property manager in downtown Tempe. “It tends to drive patrons away. It’s like almost every street corner there is somebody trying to get something.” Jeremy Smith, who said he asks people for money on Mill Avenue and describes himself as a squatter who travels from city to city, says he believes the proposal will not solve any problems. “Where are we going to go?” Smith asked. “They’re going to give us a citation and we won’t be able to pay it.” The ordinance is meant to clear sidewalks, not drive up citations, said...

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SVP Fast Pitch: ASU students compete with app that tackles adult illiteracy

Zac Pacleb Tuesday, March 1, 2016 SVP Fast Pitch: ASU students compete with app that tackles adult illiteracy More than 36 million adults in the United States and at least half a million adults in Arizona struggle to read. Quick Facts: Who: SVP Fast Pitch Arizona is a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County. What:The nine finalists (including Literacy For All Inc.) will each give a three-minute pitch about their organization. They will compete for more than $50,000 in grants and prizes. When: 4:30-9 p.m. on March 1 Where: Scottsdale Center for the Arts More info: Social Venture Partners Students at Arizona State University launched Literacy For All Inc., an organization devoted to reducing the number of adults who struggle to read above a third-grade level. The group is creating an app to tackle that issue. Recently, the nonprofit won the student category for the Social Venture Partners Arizona Fast Pitch event. The student group already won a $2,000 prize, and they will compete for more on Tuesday. One member from the group will give the “fast pitch,” a three-minute presentation about an organization and its mission, to a panel of judges. Nine groups will compete for $50,000. SVP Fast Pitch is a two-month skills building program that aims to help nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County. Aziza Ismail, founder of Literacy...

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