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Dothan: Volunteers are needed to assist in the annual count of homeless persons in southeastern Alabama. The Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless has arranged for the count to take place Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Dothan area. It takes roughly two hours starting at 10 a.m. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asks communities across the nation to count the homeless – those without a physical address for the annual Point-in-Time Count. Homeless persons are categorized in the count as sheltered, living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing, or unsheltered, living in a place not meant for human habitation. The count allows HUD and local agencies to identify trends in the number of homeless people and determine if the number is increasing or decreasing. The numbers can also be used for state and federal funding through grants.


Juneau: Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy is working with Senate Democratic leader Tom Begich on legislation aimed at ensuring students are proficient in reading by third grade. Dunleavy said it’s a moral imperative to ensure children can read at a level that helps them advance through school and life. Details of the bill were outlined Wednesday at an Anchorage school, ahead of the new legislative session beginning next week. Begich, in a statement, said some things, such as the education of Alaska children, are more important than their political differences. Dunleavy defeated Begich’s brother, former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, in the 2018 governor’s race. The administration said the legislation would include screenings to identify students with potential reading difficulties, individual reading plans and various ways for students to demonstrate reading skills required to move to fourth grade.


Melodie Passmore and her husband took in their 15-year-old grandson, Collin Clabaugh, after both of his parents died.

Prescott: A couple says their senior living community won’t allow their orphaned grandson to keep staying with them because of age limits. The boy’s mother died in 2018, and his father took his own life two weeks later, said his grandmother, Melodie Passmore. Not long after, Collin Clabaugh, 15, moved in with his grandparents. The family received a letter last month from attorneys for the Gardens at Willow Creek homeowners association saying the community’s age restrictions must be followed. The minimum age to live there is 19. The Passmores have until June to move or find another home for their grandson. While some residents said they support Clabaugh living there, association board members said they also received complaints. Some residents said they’d consider taking action if the board doesn’t enforce the age limits, according to the attorney’s letter. Lawyers say forcing the teen to leave is legal under the Housing for Older Persons Act.

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