Hot Links: Inmate Escapes, Food Stamps, and Teen Pimps

An inmate escaped from the State Prison Complex in Florence Sunday morning, after cutting a hole in a fence. Police are still searching for the escapee, Yelson Moreno, 20, a Mexican national who was serving a 30-month sentence for theft...Transportation officials at the Maricopa Association of Governments will vote Wednesday on whether to approve the complete route for South Mountain Freeway. The route has been planned since the early 1980s, but final approval has been stalled several times. If the MAG Regional Council gives the final approval next week, construction could begin in 2013...Arizona Department of Health Officials are looking for a sex offender who escaped from the Arizona State Hospital on Saturday. Jorge Murillo, 40, escaped before an evaluation could determine if he was no longer a threat to society...

A 2-year-old Mesa girl nearly drowned after falling in a pool while she was chasing a cat. She was found by a man who called 911 and started CPR. Rescue personnel were able to revive her, and she was taken to a hospital...Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, will meet with officials in Washington, DC to push for restrictions on food-stamp spending. Humble says too many people are buying junk food with food stamps...Phoenix teen Jazmine Finley, 17, was sentenced to three years in prison for running a child-prostitution ring. Prosecutors say Finley was pandering girls as young as 14.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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