United We Stand: Asylum Seekers Test America's Broken Immigration System

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Alex Rodriguez
US and Border Patrol flags fly over a border crossing.
They're called the Dream 9 -- young men and women who were brought into the country when they were children but who returned to Mexico, their birthplace, and then attempted to re-enter the United States last summer.

They didn't cross under the cover of darkness. They didn't hike for days through the treacherous desert terrain along the Arizona-Mexico border. They didn't hire a coyote to smuggle them across the border under the floorboards of a windowless van.

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Sky Harbor Airport Shuttle Drivers Go on Strike

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Some bus drivers and curbside "ambassadors" at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport have gone on strike.

The workers are employed by a transportation company called Veolia, which is under contract with the city for the airport service. Amalgamated Transit Union officials say the contract dispute revolves around about 10 issues, including health care plan costs.

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Stay on Arizona's New Abortion Rules to Continue

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Arizona's newest abortion regulations won't go into effect while adversaries of the new rules challenge a ruling from a lower court.

The regulations, which impose new restrictions on medicated abortions in the state, have been the subject of a court battle just as the rules were set to take effect on April 1.

A federal judge initially denied the request of Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights to put a stay on the rules during the court battle, and as the rules were to go into effect, an appeals court issued a temporary injunction. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the injunction.

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Inside Las Vegas' Underground Homeless Community

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Yihyun Jeong and Laura Sposato
Ricky Lee has been living under the Las Vegas Strip for 20 years. Two ASU Cronkite school students recently journeyed underground to capture the stories of the homeless living under the neon lights.
Yihyun Jeong and Laura Sposato are students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Here, they tell the story of how they learned about the hidden community of homeless living beneath Las Vegas and their journey underground.

Beneath the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip is a web of catacombs, 200 miles of flood channels that have become home to an estimated 300 people who have no other home.

The tunnels and their occupants were briefly in the news a couple of years ago, and we were intrigued. We knew the city of Las Vegas constructed the tunnels in 1986 to help control water runoff from the nearby mountains and to prevent flooding in the city. We knew that hundreds of people reportedly lived in this dark underbelly of Sin City.

But we wanted to know more: Who are these tunnel dwellers and what secrets do they keep? What is there to discover in the darkness of the long shadows?

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Phoenix One of the Top Cities for Entry-Level Jobs

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Andreas Klinke Johannsen

Depending on where you are in your career, this might be good news or bad news: Phoenix is one of the top cities for entry-level jobs.

This is according to Indeed, the job-hunting website, which scanned its own listings for this result.

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Marijuana Advocates File Petition to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee

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Matthew Hendley

People from the Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are going to try to force a recall of Republican Senator Kimberly Yee.

Yee, who's been one of the biggest opponents of Arizona's voter-approved medical-marijuana law, is being targeted after blocking funding of a study of marijuana as a treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans.

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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

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In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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ACLU Claims Sixth Constitutional Abuse Due to SB 1070's "Papers Please" Provision

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Nevele Otseog

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona claims to have documented a sixth instance of constitutional violations thanks to the "papers please" provision of SB 1070.

The ACLU is taking legal action in the latest incident, marking the second time the organization has taken legal action on these grounds since the "papers please" provision took effect in September 2012.

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Phoenix Police Shootings the Subject of Hearing Before Lawmakers

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Shane Yellowhorse

After 31 officer-involved shootings in Phoenix in 2013, and another eight so far in 2014, an Arizona House committee held a hearing yesterday to try to find the reasons why there have been so many shootings.

Two Phoenix councilmen plus a sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department gave various explanations for the shootings to the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee yesterday.

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Gay Couple From Paradise Valley Wins "Illegal Wedding" From ACLU

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A Paradise Valley couple is getting $5,000 from the American Civil Liberties Union to get married in another state.

The ACLU says the idea behind the "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding" contest was "to raise awareness regarding inequality in states where same-sex marriage is not yet legal."

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