Are you a veteran? Need a job? 60 employers are looking to hire you

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More than 670 job-seeking veterans are expected to attend the Greater Phoenix Veterans Job Fair at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Thursday.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 60 exhibitors including employers, franchisers, educational institutions and veterans associations, according to RecruitMilitary, a military-focused recruitment company for veterans and their spouses. Available jobs range from entry level to executive positions.

Veterans can register to participate in the job fair online at

Some of the featured companies at the fair include American Express, USAA, Farmers Insurance, ASML and the Gilbert Police Department.

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Dad of starved Phoenix infant gets 15 years in prison

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Ryan Adam Morris pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse and on count of attempted child abuse in January.

A Phoenix man accused of starving his 9-month-old son was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.

Ryan Adam Morris pleaded guilty in January to one count of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Morris to 15 years in prison and supervised lifetime probation. Once released, he will not be able to contact his son or any minor under the age of 15 without written permission from his probation officer.

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Gunman sought after man shot at freeway motel in Phoenix

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The gunshot victim and shooter likely know each other, police said.

A man was shot at a Phoenix motel Thursday morning and police are looking for the gunman.

It happened at the Knights Inn near Interstate 17 and McDowell Road.

Phoenix police said the man was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The gunshot victim and shooter likely knew each other, officials said.

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Buckeye police: Mom admitted to stabbing infant son, ‘heard voices’

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Police say a Buckeye woman who admitted to fatally stabbing her 5-month-old son claimed to be possessed and not in control of her actions, court records show.

Andrea Portillo, 29, is accused of second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her infant son. Buckeye police say that mental illness played a role in the crime, according to records filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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$112K raised so far for Queen Creek family after deadly house fire

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Community members are coming to the aid of a Queen Creek father who lost his wife, a young son and nearly all the couple owned after a fire broke out in their home Wednesday afternoon.

More than $112,000 was raised within 24 hours of a GoFundMe page having been set up for the Arnett family. Also in that time, multiple fundraising events had been set, and offers to donate furniture, linens and other items poured in.

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Good Samaritan shoots, kills man who wounded Arizona DPS trooper in struggle

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A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.

The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director.

The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant when he refused to listen to orders to stop and back away, Milstead said.

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There Is Not One Way To Cure PTSD

IMG_8137Three adults have taken to unique ways to treat their post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: therapy, interacting with strangers, and yoga.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website states that seven or eight out of every 100 people in the United States will have PTSD at some point in their lives and about 8 million American adults have PTSD in a given year.

The Mayo Clinic website says that symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reaction. These symptoms can start within three months or years after a traumatic event.

PTSD is most commonly associated with members of the armed forces. Diana Kramer, a United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Leader and Tillman Scholar, is just one member of the military who has PTSD. Continue reading “There Is Not One Way To Cure PTSD”

Brandon Stanton Gives Motivational Speech To Students at ASU

The photo above is of the Barrett Lawn where Brandon Stanton the creator of Humans of New York gave his speech to Arizona State University Students. Photo taken by Alessandra Luckey.

Tempe, Arizona

Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York, gave a moving speech to Arizona State University (ASU)  students, about his journey from losing a job to becoming a famous photographer, Wednesday at the Tempe campus.

Hundreds of students from ASU campuses ventured out to the Tempe Barrett Lawn to hear Stanton talk. Students brought blankets to sit on and chatted with people around them while they waited for the program to start.

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The Illuminating Light Exhibit You Do Not Want To Miss

Photo on left is of the entrance to the Desert Botanical Gardens of the chihuly plants. Photo on the right is of the “Water-Towers” by Bruno Munro. Photos taken by Alessandra Luckey.

The Desert Botanical Garden is holding a special exhibit until May 25th. The Bruno Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden is attracting visitors from around the area to see the location in a new light.

When customers first enter the exhibit they are transported into a different place. As customers walk toward the ticket booth, they will see giant chihuly sculptures (as pictured above) that are in the shape of ginormous succulent plants.

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