Hot Links: Pay to Play, Electric Cars, and Fiery Crashes

A north Phoenix church has reached an agreement with city officials that will allow the church to continue serving meals to the homeless, after neighbors in the area complained about homeless people littering. The city's researching whether or not the church is violating a zone ordinance...Many Valley high schools are now charging higher fees for students to participate in sports. The "pay to play" fees vary by school, but Paradise Valley's fees were among the highest, at $200 per sport. School officials said the increased fees are necessary because of state budget problems...Maricopa County will pay $312,000 to a family whose child suffered permanent injuries while being born in May, 2003. Staff at Maricopa Medical Center didn't offer the delivering mother a Caesarean section, despite ultrasounds that showed the baby was quite large. The child was born with a severe shoulder injury...A new electric vehicle charger facility in the East Valley could create 750 new jobs. About 1,000 electric vehicles will be released to Phoenix ...A woman is in critical condition after a fiery car crash in Surprise this morning. The collision occurred when a Chevy Suburban sideswiped a Scion and then hit a Chevy S10 pickup truck head on. The Suburban bust into flames, and the driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to the hospital...ASU has capped tuition for local college transfers. The university's annual tuition increases will be capped at five percent when students start attending a Maricopa County community college, and when the transfer, tuition will not exceed what they would have paid for a freshman year at ASU.

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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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