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Student-athletes were promised dorms with mattresses but ended up sleeping on the floor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Student-athletes were promised dorms with mattresses but ended up sleeping on the floor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Players, parents say Phoenix HS basketball powerhouse let them down

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It was the first week of school last September and the players and coaches at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep should have been focusing on a potential championship season. But instead of practicing, focusing and studying, the Hillcrest program was dealing with a catastrophe.

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Veterans accuse nonprofit of putting money ahead of their housing

A group of veterans are upset at the way they were treated at a veteran housing facility in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A group of veterans are upset at the way they were treated at a veteran housing facility in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A group of military veterans accuses a Valley organization that provides housing for at-risk vets of pushing them out the door.  

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Witness describes scene inside restaurant during holdup Video included

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It was an ordinary Sunday night in a north Phoenix restaurant until the gunman burst through the front door. "I remember thinking 'this isn't happening, this isn't real,'" said Angelic, whose last name we agreed to withhold so she would tell us the story of what she saw and what she did that night.

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Online footprints are manageable, but not erasable

How hard would it be to track down a complete stranger with little more information than name or a photo? It's easier than many people think. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) How hard would it be to track down a complete stranger with little more information than name or a photo? It's easier than many people think. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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If you ask people in downtown Phoenix, they will likely tell you that there is a ton of information about them available online. What they are not likely to know is how to reduce the amount of information available.

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Guns in the home can create hazards for kids, adults alike

One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound.

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Former Playmate of the Year on removing breast implants: 'I literally thought I was dying'

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Women all over the country claim to be suffering from something called "breast implant illness." The list of symptoms is long and varied, but most doctors say the illness doesn't exist.

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Hidden home dangers injure thousands of children every year

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According to yearly tallies by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, even the safest, most child-proof of homes still contain hazards that injure thousands of children each year.

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Senate Republicans shoot down notification requirement for child killers

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Arizona state senate Republicans voted down an amendment to the budget, which would have added child killers to the state's sex offender registry.

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New tire safety standards adopted in AZ

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that creates new standards for used tire sales. Auto safety advocates have complained for years that too many old, worn out, even recalled tires are sold on the secondary market, putting motorists at risk.

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'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson Video included

Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

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BASIS schools fight criticism, work to increase student retention

There is a large demand for seats at BASIS desks. There is currently a 7,000-student waiting list for this fall. (Source: CBS 5 News) There is a large demand for seats at BASIS desks. There is currently a 7,000-student waiting list for this fall. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Critics argue the small graduating classes give BASIS the appearance of a school system that succeeds in creating top scholars out of nearly all of its students. They say the lower-performing students transfer out of the system before senior year. More>>

Russian hackers targeting kids' Instagram accounts

A Valley woman says her daughter's Instagram account was hacked by Russian crooks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A Valley woman says her daughter's Instagram account was hacked by Russian crooks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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It's been 10 days since Russian hackers hijacked a Valley woman's Instagram account, which she set up for her daughter to post dancing pictures. And she still cannot regain access to the account, or get Instagram to shut it down.

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Top high school players choosing controversial basketball 'prep' schools

'Prep schools' that are tailored toward basketball players are growing in popularity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 'Prep schools' that are tailored toward basketball players are growing in popularity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Inside a north Phoenix gymnasium last month, some of the top high school basketball players in the country gathered for the "Grind Session World Championship Tournament." But the high schools these students play for are likely to be a far cry from the high school you attended. These are "prep schools," basketball prep schools to be precise.

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Scottsdale police warn party-goers about 'Gypsy Carts' Video included

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Scottsdale has the highest concentration of "golf cart" taxis of any city in the country. And police are warning that some of them may not be licensed or have insurance.

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Border Patrol hiring spree comes with risk

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is recommending weakening the lie detector requirement for Border Patrol agents. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is recommending weakening the lie detector requirement for Border Patrol agents. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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One of President Donald Trump's signature goals is to increase law enforcement presence along the U.S. border with Mexico. It's less controversial and certainly less publicized than the idea of building a border wall. But if history serves as a guide, this goal may be tough to achieve as well.

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Privacy experts urge caution with Snap Spectacles

Privacy advocates worry that Snap Spectacles could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Privacy advocates worry that Snap Spectacles could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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The company behind wildly popular Snapchat is hoping that new Snap Spectacles will catch on with the teenagers who prefer Snapchat over other social media platforms. But privacy advocates worry that the glasses could be used, purposely or inadvertently, to record people in compromising positions without consent or knowledge.

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Jaguar from Mexico may pose roadblock to Trump's border wall

El Jefe hasn't been photographed in a year. (Source: Conservation CATalyst) El Jefe hasn't been photographed in a year. (Source: Conservation CATalyst)
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A full-grown male jaguar named "El Jefe," and at least one other cat like it, may provide opponents of President Trump's border wall with a unique legal challenge. That is that cutting off these cats from their larger population in Mexico would doom them to re-extinction in the United States.

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Education advocates call state audit report 'misleading'

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The Arizona Auditor General's Office has been putting this audit report together for 16 years. But this year's report is drawing fire, not because of what it contains, but because of what school officials, teachers and education advocates say it leaves out.

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Critics say ICE officers already cast wide net, often snaring legal immigrants

Critics of ICE operations say officers are being over-zealous when going after illegal immigrants. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Critics of ICE operations say officers are being over-zealous when going after illegal immigrants. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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During the first four months of this fiscal year, 264 people who were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Arizona, ended up being cleared after an immigration judge found "no grounds for removal." 

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Feds arrest gun-toting, anti-government activist

Israel Torres spoke out for gun rights in online videos and social media but now he's in federal custody because he allegedly had guns when he wasn't allowed to. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Israel Torres spoke out for gun rights in online videos and social media but now he's in federal custody because he allegedly had guns when he wasn't allowed to. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Israel Torres made a name for himself in the so-called "three percenters" circles by attending rallies and posting pictures and videos on social media. Oftentimes Torres was armed. But according to the FBI, this gun-rights and anti-government advocate had a secret. Legally, he wasn't allowed to posses a firearm.

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Financial exploitation of seniors difficult to prove

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Page Giacin became suspicious of the man who was taking care of her terminally ill father last summer. The caretaker was a cowboy the family had known for years, a cowboy Giacin's father, Don Steinman, did not always agree with. But because Giacin and her brother lived far away from their father's Arizona ranch, they understood why Steinman had chosen the cowboy.

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Guests finding hidden cameras in vacation rentals

Hidden cameras are getting smaller and more common. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Hidden cameras are getting smaller and more common. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Technology and privacy are colliding with a travel trend that is seeing vacationers ditch the hotels, choosing rental homes instead. The problem is hidden cameras.

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Big box stores account for lots of calls to police

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Crime reports filed during the first month of 2017 show big box stores accounting for dozens of crime calls to Valley police agencies. But five Wal-Mart stores appear to stand out, as far as the number of calls. 

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'Zombie' drug hitting Valley streets

Synthetic marijuana, known as "Spice" or "K2," is illegal but some are using to get high. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Synthetic marijuana, known as "Spice" or "K2," is illegal but some are using to get high. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Valley police, fire and emergency room doctors are seeing the strange effects of synthetic marijuana overdoses. In some cases, people using the drugs enter a zombie-like state.

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Trump's chief strategist ran Biosphere

Steve Bannon during an interview in the mid-90s. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 ) Steve Bannon during an interview in the mid-90s. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 )
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Two decades before President Donald Trump chose him to serve as the White House chief political strategist, Steve Bannon was toiling away in the desert north of Tucson, working on climate science in a $200 million greenhouse.  

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F-16 drones ready to replace Vietnam-era 'flying targets'

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The U.S. Air Force is preparing to officially retire its current line of life-sized drone aerial targets, and the replacement aircraft are coming from Arizona.

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Recalled vehicles for sale on lots and online

Some auto dealers online and at lots have used cars under recall and it's perfectly legal. (Source: CBS 5 News) Some auto dealers online and at lots have used cars under recall and it's perfectly legal. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Auto dealers and auctions are selling used cars with unfixed safety recalls, according to a CBS 5 investigation. The open recalls range from steering column, to transmission, to airbag problems.

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Stalking victims face problems in the workplace

Victims of stalkers who share safety concerns with employers often face recrimination, advocates say. (Source: CBS 5 News) Victims of stalkers who share safety concerns with employers often face recrimination, advocates say. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Victims of stalkers who share safety concerns with employers often face recrimination, including losing their jobs, according to victim advocates who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates.

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Taser 'misses' still a problem but new weapon may help

The Taser X-2. (Source: CBS 5 News) The Taser X-2. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Data collected by law enforcement agencies across Arizona, and across the country show police officers miss their targets 10-20% of the time, when using Tasers.

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Valley man at center of international classic car scam case disappears

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Lawyers for the Arizona Attorney General’s office are trying to collect more than $500-thousand from a man who admits to offering high dollar classic cars for sale, that he did not own.

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You too can own a classic car without spending big money

Restoring a classic car can be achievable with a little patience and know-how. (Source: CBS 5 News) Restoring a classic car can be achievable with a little patience and know-how. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Meander down the row of shiny classic roadsters at a Valley car show, and you may feel like there's no way you could ever have the time or money to own of these beauties.

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Valley mom claims psychic hypnotized her, took her money

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A valley woman claims a fortune teller hypnotized her and talked her into leaving $1400. The psychic denied the allegations when confronted by CBS 5 Investigates. But the situation is an example of how difficult it can be for law enforcement officials to investigate accusations of fortune teller fraud.

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Emails, records indicate MCSO paid for 'birther' investigation

Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio sitting with Dennis Montgomery. (Source: CBS 5 News) Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio sitting with Dennis Montgomery. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Despite Sheriff Joe Arpaio's assertion that no taxpayer money was used to fund the investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, emails and other records released during the sheriff's contempt of court hearings indicate MCSO may have paid tens of thousands of dollars for the much-criticized investigation.

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7 things you should know about marijuana labs

While this illegal BHO lab did not explode, with the amount of butane found, it easily could have. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) While this illegal BHO lab did not explode, with the amount of butane found, it easily could have. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Marijuana manufacturers are setting up shop in homes across the Valley, but what they're using to get the job done could be putting entire neighborhoods at risk because when the slightest thing goes wrong, the result is literally explosive.

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Marijuana initiative wording complicates DUI prosecutions

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A single paragraph 13 pages into the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, also known as Arizona's Prop 205, may create an insurmountable obstacle to prosecutors who are trying to convict people of driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Emails show Arpaio paid informant at least $120,000 for 'bogus data'

County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sitting with Dennis Montgomery. (Source: CBS 5 News) County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sitting with Dennis Montgomery. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Emails released in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's contempt of court proceedings show the sheriff paid a confidential informant at least $120,000 for computer data that was supposed to show an illegal conspiracy between the U.S. Department of Justice and federal judges, including the judge who had ruled against the sheriff in a racial profiling case.

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Prop 205 would mean a slap on the wrist for underage marijuana use

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Law enforcement officials are warning that Arizona's ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana is too lenient on kids who are caught trying to buy pot.

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Dolphins shipped to the Valley via FedEx

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Live dolphins were shipped to the Valley from Hawaii via FedEx. Animal rights activists are outraged but the general manager of Dolphinaris defended the decision.

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CBS 5 INVESTIGATES

AZ teacher exodus leaves more than 1K Valley classrooms vacant

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Teachers are leaving the profession, and leaving Arizona for bigger paychecks, according to a CBS 5 questionnaire sent to Valley school districts and interviews with current and former teachers.

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Abandoned farmland fueling massive dust storms

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The dust storm that blew into the Valley of the Sun on July 5, 2011 was a monster. It covered 100 square miles of surface, extended 8,000 feet into the sky, and approached Phoenix at a speed of 40 miles per hour. "I've never seen anything so incredible as that," said Ken Waters, who is warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Phoenix office.

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Teams want new arenas, but taxpayers still owe on existing venues

Three of the major professional franchises in the Valley want or demand new venues even though their current homes aren't paid off. (Source: CBS 5 News) Three of the major professional franchises in the Valley want or demand new venues even though their current homes aren't paid off. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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The Arizona Coyotes have made it clear for years that they want out of Glendale. The team looked into moving to Las Vegas, but now appears to be eying downtown Phoenix. If the move happens, the Coyotes would be leaving behind a state of the art venue, now called Gila River Arena. And they would be leaving Glendale taxpayers with a bill for $145 million, which is the amount the city still owes on the arena.

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Valley drivers ignoring stopped school buses Video included

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Valley school districts are exploring the idea of using technology, similar to red light cameras, in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles that pass stopped school buses, in violation of the law.

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Arizona schools in need of repairs as students prepare for class

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Public school administrators say they need hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to take care of critical maintenance and repair problems at their schools.

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Dolphin aquarium location draws questions, concerns

"As soon as we put them in their new pool, the animals popped up and ate fish and they've been doing very well ever since," said Dr. Grey Stafford, who is the facility's general manager. (Source: CSB 5 News) "As soon as we put them in their new pool, the animals popped up and ate fish and they've been doing very well ever since," said Dr. Grey Stafford, who is the facility's general manager. (Source: CSB 5 News)
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Animal rights activists are raising questions about the location of a new dolphin aquarium, which is set to open in mid-October. The facility is adjacent to Scottsdale but within the borders of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which means it is not subject to local and county ordinances or state animal welfare laws.

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Inspectors probe tunnel beneath Nogales port, as Newton pounces

One of two main tunnels that run south to north between Arizona and Mexico. (Source: CBS 5 News) One of two main tunnels that run south to north between Arizona and Mexico. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Inspectors from the US General Services Administration are studying the structural integrity of a tunnel that runs from Mexico into Arizona beneath the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.

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Outside groups spending on Corporation Commission race

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It is a state board that sets the rates for power, water and other utilities, but most residents have little idea who the Arizona Corporation Commission members are, much less who is running for the three seats up for election this fall.

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Arpaio says MCSO still investigating Obama

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It's been four years since Sheriff Joe Arpaio held his last news conference detailing his accusations that President Barack Obama released a fake birth certificate to the public, but that doesn't mean the investigation is over.

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Valley residents on ISIS 'hit lists'

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The FBI is warning ordinary citizens across the country, that they have popped up on ISIS "hit lists" that are circulating on the Internet. Some of the people on those lists are Valley residents, according to law enforcement officers who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates.

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Valley father looks for answers, demands hiking protection for other children

The spot where firefighters found Cody earlier this summer. (Source: CBS 5 News) The spot where firefighters found Cody earlier this summer. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Brian Flom's 12-year old son, Cody, died after a hike in the sweltering desert heat. As he searches for clues to his own son's death, he's calling on lawmakers to protect other children from suffering the same fate as Cody.

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Arizona families 'paying' for public school

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It is common for parents of public high school students to pay as much as $300 in fees and costs associated with their children's education, according to district fee schedules and parents who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates.

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Davis-Monthan AFB turning F-16 fighter jets into drones

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The perfectly symmetrical lines of planes stretch out for at least a half mile in all directions. Welcome to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, also known as the "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Some of the planes here -- hundreds of the legendary F-16 Fighting Falcons -- have been assigned to a new mission.

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Father of child who died after hot hike wants answers

Brian Flom talked to Morgan Loew about the lost of his son and the questions he wants answered. (Source: KPHO) Brian Flom talked to Morgan Loew about the lost of his son and the questions he wants answered. (Source: KPHO)
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Brian Flom is torn between grief and anger. His 12-year-old son, Cody, died on Friday night, after going on a hike in 110-degree weather. And the circumstances surrounding Cody's death leave Brian with lots of questions.

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Drought helps build case to drain lakes

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It took 17 years to fill Lake Powell after the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. But Powell's water level has been steadily dropping for the past 16 years due to an extended drought and overuse of the Colorado River. Lake Mead is just 37 percent full. The fact that neither lake is full today, or likely to get filled anytime soon, is giving an old idea new life.

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Minister who owes AZ dollars for dust buys Atlanta mansion

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The owner of a patch of land in southeastern Arizona who still owes the state for its dust control work bought a $17 million mansion in Atlanta.

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APS cutting into solar backlog

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Arizona Public Service has tripled the number of employees dedicated to reviewing solar applications. Until this spring, customers with new solar panels were waiting months for approval to turn their systems on.

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CBS 5 Investigates revisits 'Year of Terror' when 3 serial killers stalked streets of Phoenix

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If talk of a serial killer on the loose on the streets of Phoenix sounds like déjà vu, it is not your imagination. Investigative reporter Morgan Loew revisits the "Year of Terror." It was 10 years ago now that the Valley was in a state of perpetual fear as what turned out to the be three serial killers roamed the streets at night.

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Dozens of AZ families in public housing earn too much

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At least 60 families living in public housing in Arizona earn too much money to qualify for the benefit, according to an audit conducted by the U.S. Inspector General's Office.

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Arpaio campaign breaking records, spending millions

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign has taken in nearly $10 million for his re-election bid. (Source: KPHO) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign has taken in nearly $10 million for his re-election bid. (Source: KPHO)
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign has taken in nearly $10 million for his re-election bid, but has less than half that amount on hand, due to an expensive fund raising effort.

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Investors, orchards and dust descending on southeastern Arizona

Dust problems may continue in southeastern Arizona. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Dust problems may continue in southeastern Arizona. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The images of thick, brown dust all but blocking Interstate 10 captured the attention of motorists, state regulators and the media. ADOT had to shut down one of the busiest east-west freeways in the country, and all the dust problems may continue if certain things aren't addressed.

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Lawsuit alleges tour boats causing dangerous waves

A Lake Powell tour boat operator is facing a federal lawsuit (Source: KPHO) A Lake Powell tour boat operator is facing a federal lawsuit (Source: KPHO)
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A Lawsuit filed in federal district court in Arizona accuses a Lake Powell tour boat operator of creating dangerous waves that are injuring other boaters.

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County leader calls for Tent City closure

There's a new call to close Tent City in Phoenix (Source: KPHO/KTVK) There's a new call to close Tent City in Phoenix (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo is calling for the closure of Tent City Jail, citing a dramatic drop in the number of inmates housed the county jail system.

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Sheriff spends heavily on political consultants

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By the end of January of this year, the campaign to re-elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio had raised $8 million, which is an enormous take for an elected official at the county level. But campaign finance disclosure statements show that haul came at an enormous cost.

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Business leaders wary of political attacks against Mexico

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Business leaders across Arizona are bracing for negative backlash from Mexican tourists and businesses, as a result of negative political ads aimed at Mexico.

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Many security guards told not to intervene during crimes

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A television commercial that appears to poke fun at security guards has exposed an industry practice that many people are unaware of, according to security consultants who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates.

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DOD, FBI investigate expensive 'pain creams' billed to taxpayers

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The Department of Defense, the FBI and U.S. attorneys in at least six states are investigating allegations that some compounding pharmacies are committing fraud, selling expensive "pain creams" and other drugs not approved by the FDA to military veterans.

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Shootouts may signal change in smuggling tactics

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Two shootouts in the desert south of Phoenix may indicate the Sinaloa Drug Cartel is ordering its smugglers to ramp up violence in an effort to protect drug shipments, according to multiple law enforcement sources who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates.

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CBS 5 Investigates' look at mine pollution wins Edward R. Murrow Award

The wash beneath the Lead Queen Mine in southern Arizona remains stained from acid mine drainage. This wash leads to the watershed for the town of Patagonia. (Source: CBS 5 Investigates) The wash beneath the Lead Queen Mine in southern Arizona remains stained from acid mine drainage. This wash leads to the watershed for the town of Patagonia. (Source: CBS 5 Investigates)
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The state of Arizona is home to an estimated 100,000 abandoned mines, but no state or federal agency has an accurate count of how many of them are leaking toxic heavy metals into the environment and waterways.

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Cartel scouts move from mountain to mountain in AZ desert

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Lookouts who work for the Sinaloa drug cartel are moving from mountain to mountain in the desert between Phoenix and the border, spying on U.S. law enforcement officers.

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Law enforcement using expired, bagged meters as personal parking spaces

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The parking spaces surrounding the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office two year old headquarters are covered in bags, which means nobody is supposed to park there. But up until a month ago, the spaces next to the bagged meters at MCSO were filled with unmarked sheriff's office vehicles. 

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Analysis: Polls located in wealthier, whiter zip codes

A CBS 5 analysis found polls in last week's Presidential Preference Elections were located in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods (Source: KPHO) A CBS 5 analysis found polls in last week's Presidential Preference Elections were located in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods (Source: KPHO)
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A CBS 5 News analysis of US Census data shows that polling places for last week's Presidential Preference Election tended to be located in wealthier, whiter zip codes, when compared to Maricopa County as a whole. 

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Supervisors directed elections officials to be 'frugal' with presidential preference

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A day after thousands of Maricopa County voters stood in line for hours, the county official in charge of the elections department denied that cost-cutting was to blame. But in February, when the county board of supervisors approved the plan to reduce the number of polling places, money appeared to be the top concern.

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ASU student witnesses Brussels attack aftermath

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Stephanie Holland was looking forward to a relaxing week of spring break in Sevilla, Spain when she landed in Brussels, Belgium. Instead, she became a witness to a terrorist attack that killed dozens.

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Smugglers use drainage tunnels and sewers to deliver drugs

Smugglers use drainage tunnels and sewers to deliver drugs (Photo source: KPHO) Smugglers use drainage tunnels and sewers to deliver drugs (Photo source: KPHO)
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Drug smugglers in Nogales, Sonora are using the border city's sewer and drainage tunnels to circumvent barriers set up by US Customs and Border Protection.

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Audit: Arizona districts spending less in the classroom

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A state Auditor General's report released Tuesday shows that public school district spending in the classroom has dropped to its lowest levels since the monitoring began 15 years ago.

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Valley water systems contain some contaminants

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Valley water departments boast about delivering safe and clean water that rarely, if ever, violates EPA safe drinking water standard. But critics argue that those federal standards are not strict enough. And water quality reports show tap water here in the Valley does, in fact, contain contaminants.

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Online database could help identify abandoned toxic mines

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The state mine inspector estimates there are roughly 100,000 abandoned mines in Arizona. But environmental officials have no way of knowing how many of those mines are leaching toxic residues, metals or compounds into the environment.

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SCAM ALERT

Family warns about impostor funeral accounts

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The fiery aftermath of a deadly shooting here in the Valley made headlines across the country, but now it appears scammers are trying to cash in on the tragedy.

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Study says charter schools spend more on administration expenses

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A report set for release Tuesday concludes that charter schools in Arizona spend more than twice the amount that traditional public school districts spend on administrative expenses.

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DPS director argues case for governor's border strike force

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As the new head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Col. Frank Milstead had a novel idea. When it comes to combating the drug smuggling gangs that use the southern Arizona desert as a superhighway, why not just jam their radio and wireless communications so they can't coordinate smuggling efforts?

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Feds threaten to cut funding for PhoenixMart

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The US Attorney's office, FBI, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Customs and Immigration Service are investigating possible abuses by officials from PhoenixMart, for its involvement in a program that trades foreign investment for US "Green Cards."

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Pinal County sheriff's deputies spot drug scouts from the air

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From the Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter, the men running down the mountain look like small stick figures. But without the aid of the chopper and its cameras, there is little hope the deputies and Border Patrol agents on the slope would be able to catch these drug cartel scouts.

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Drug cartel scouts living in mountains south of Phoenix

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The mountain peak provides 360-degree views of the desert below. It is this vantage point that is coveted by Mexican drug cartel scouts, stationed up here for weeks at a time, and tasked with one job: guiding drug shipments north from the border.

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CBS 5 INVESTIGATES

CBS 5 Investigates gun sales on Valley streets

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Private sales of handguns and rifles are allowed under federal and state law without background checks, so long as the seller is not in the business of selling guns. But according to legal experts, defining what "in the business of selling guns" means is up for debate.

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Extremists have long-standing ties to Arizona

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Long before a figurehead for the anti-Islam movement made his initial appearance in a US District Court courtroom on conspiracy charges related to a weekslong standoff in Oregon, his home state of Arizona was already well-known to anti-government and anti-immigrant extremists.

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Residents accuse mining company of polluting town

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Betty Amparano has been sounding the alarm about environmental pollution in her hometown of Hayden, Arizona for nearly 20 years. In November, the effort finally seemed to pay off, as ASARCO, the company that owns the copper smelter in Hayden, agreed to a settlement with the EPA that will cost the company more than $160-million in fines and smelter improvements that are meant to reduce pollution and its effects on the community.

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Lawmaker priorities differ from voters'

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A CBS 5 News Facebook poll shows respondents overwhelmingly believe education should be lawmakers' first priority during the 2016 legislative session. But an analysis of bills already introduced at the state capitol shows more bills dealing with election reform than any other subject.

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Schools collecting, sharing data on students

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An organization made of parents from across the country is sending a warning about the growing trend of schools collecting and sharing data on students.

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US Forest Service cleans contaminated mine

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The U.S. Forest Service has finished cleanup work on an abandoned mine, which spewed a river of toxic sludge in September of 2014.

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Bill submitted to standardize AZ specialty plates

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A state senator from Tucson submitted the first bill for the 2016 legislative session, and it addresses growing concerns over the state's specialty license plates.

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Political fighting slowing teacher investigations

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Roughly 400 certified teachers are waiting for complaints against them to be fully investigated, as the Arizona Board of Education’s investigators work through a backlog that has persisted for years. Making matters worse is the public fight between the Board of Education and the state superintendent of public instruction.

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Valley stem cell clinics face scrutiny

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Stem cell clinics are opening in cities across the country, offering to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases, from bad knees to baldness, Alzheimer’s to Multiple Sclerosis. But some researchers and physicians worry that the clinics may give false hope to desperate patients. More>>

Gas companies eyeing AZ helium deposits

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The spectre of a worldwide helium shortage is leading gas exploration companies to the high plains of Arizona’s Navajo and Apache counties. More>>

Deals available for Valley 'move up' homes

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New housing market data suggests now may be a good time for homeowners to buy larger houses in suburbs. More>>

Border agents confiscating pot, but ignoring pot fields

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Although agents confiscate the drug at their checkpoint near Amado, AZ, they appear to be ignoring the marijuana fields near the checkpoint. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Border Patrol vehicles driving by the pot fields several times per day. More>>

Surveillance company offers technology to hunt freeway shooter

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The president of a company that has flown surveillance planes over some of the most dangerous parts of the world is offering to use his technology to help catch the freeway shooter. More>>

Tempe Police Dept. uses stats to reduce noise complaints, crime

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A plan set in motion two years ago is paying off for Tempe Police Department as the number of violent and property crimes in the city has dropped by as much as 30 percent. More>>

Bullet trajectories could indicate freeway shooter's location

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The key to identifying whether the freeway shooter is shooting from a car or standing on a bridge or overpass is the trajectory of the bullets, according to one former police sergeant who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates. More>>

Some Arizona classrooms have 15-year-old textbooks

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When sixth-graders returned to school in the Casa Grande Elementary district this fall, they were assigned social studies textbooks that contain no mention of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, or the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president in United States history. More>>

Tempe, SE Valley dominate new office construction, white collar jobs

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The "millennial" workforce demands high-tech amenities and access to housing and entertainment close to their places of employment. More>>

FBI: Militia members moonlighted as drug, cash 'rip crew'

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Three members of a border militia group are behind bars, charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine. They were caught in an FBI sting operation, involving an undercover agent, a plot to steal drugs and money from cartel smugglers, an offer of murder for hire and a high speed chase through the streets of Phoenix. More>>

Airline with noisier planes eyeing Sky Harbor

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Residents of a downtown Phoenix neighborhood tell CBS 5 Investigates they are concerned about the possibility of a new air carrier moving to Sky Harbor. The concern focuses on the age of the planes and how noisy they are. More>>

AZ jails and prisons evaluating transgender policies

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Officials from the Arizona Department of Corrections are set to meet with advocacy groups next week to discuss policies for the treatment of transgender inmates. More>>

Community gardens or toxic fields? Phoenix plan faces criticism

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The City of Phoenix is using an EPA grant to identify polluted vacant lots that could become community gardens, but at least one local environmentalist says it’s a potentially hazardous idea. More>>

Residents fight developer over views and building height

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Residents of a north Phoenix neighborhood are speaking out against a proposed apartment building they say will ruin their views, hurt their property values and violate city's general plan for their part of the Valley. More>>

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Drug smugglers using the skies as smuggling routes

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While agents from the U.S. Border Patrol are on the lookout for more airborne smuggling attempts, there is some indication that drug cartels are at least experimenting with even smaller aircraft More>>

Car trunks turn deadly for smuggled immigrants during summer heat

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U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued five immigrants from the trunks of cars in one day alone last week. More>>

Fight to lower drug co-pays simmering in AZ

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At least five states have enacted limits on the amount of money insurance can charge for prescription drug co-pays. But in Arizona, the effort appears to have stalled, as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries argue over who should pick up the associated costs More>>

Momentum building to help student veterans

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At the end of April, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. closed its 28 ground campuses, including its Everest College campuses in Phoenix. Among those attending the for-profit school were military veterans using the GI Bill. More>>

CBS 5 INVESTIGATES

Parents complain: Drink company turning kids away from college

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To the tens of thousands of young people who sell the product, Vemma is not just an energy drink, it's a revolution, a path for young people to make lots of money, drive expensive cars and do it all under a business model that does not involve college or traditional employment. More>>

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AZ orthodontists push plan that puts braces on 6-year-olds

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A debate is raging within the orthodontics world, and the result could have an effect on when your children get braces and just how much they'll cost. More>>

While many public schools struggle, some charter chains profit

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A Valley charter school watchdog is criticizing large charter management chains for directing more dollars away from the classroom than most traditional public schools. More>>

Lawsuit claims hospital chain kept patient within system without ability to provide adequate care

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Arizona is seeing a consolidation of hospital companies, and some patient care advocates and attorneys say this may create a scenario where profits compete against a patient's best interests. More>>

More businesses using non-compete contracts

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The tightening job market is leading more businesses to require their employees to sign non-compete contracts, which restrict their ability to work for a competing company or start out on their own. More>>

Phoenix infill projects rankle neighborhoods

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A debate is raging across the city of Phoenix, pitting residents of established neighborhoods against developers and city planning officials. At stake is the future of infill development within city limits.

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CBS 5 EXCLUSIVE

Scammers target entrepreneurs and startups

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A growing number of unscrupulous brokers and investors are targeting startup companies, claiming they can deliver big investments for an up front fee.
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Valley school districts using retread tires on school buses

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Tight budgets are forcing some Valley school districts to use old tires with new treads, while others are moving away from the practice, citing safety concerns. More>>

2014 Monsoon causes spike in contractor complaints

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The months following last summer's active monsoon storms saw spikes in complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors. More>>

Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter on the CBS 5 Investigates team. His reports have landed crooks behind bars and led to changes in state law.

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Morgan Loew
CBS 5 Investigates

He has exposed conmen who prey on the elderly and predators who target women and children. Morgan combines his legal training with the experience he’s earned over 20-years of news reporting in Arizona to break big stories and dig beyond the headlines. His stories about education, consumer scams and crooked politicians have gone on to make national headlines. Among his favorite investigations are the ones that take him undercover. In addition his hidden camera investigations on drug and human smuggling, Morgan infiltrated some of the most dangerous militia and vigilante groups in the southwest. Members were later charged with crimes that range from murder to child molesting. Over the years, Morgan’s work has appeared on CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR. Morgan won ten Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, earned his Juris Doctorate at Concord Law School, teaches media law at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and is the president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Inc., which advocates for open records and open government. When he’s not working, Morgan enjoys camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats, and spending time with his family at their ranch in southern Arizona.

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