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Back in Business: South Phoenix Youth Center reopens

PHOENIX -- It's back in business, and that's good news for teens living in South Phoenix.

As part of its budget, the city allowed for the reopening of the South Phoenix Youth Center, next to South Mountain High School.

"It's a great place," said Karen Williams, deputy director of the the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. "It's not only a safe place to come and have fun with your friends, you can do homework and learn how to be a better citizen."

Teens who are already enjoying the facility seem excited about having a safe place to be with like-minded peers who want to stay away from trouble.

"It's a safe place to hangout and we need more places like this," said one teen.

The city had originally shut down the center because of budget problems.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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