How Tempe lost years of graffiti cleanup progress; Projects to connect Mohave County vets to resources; Next Jan. 6 committee hearing is set

A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

Tagging skyrocketed by more than 600% in 2021 after a Tempe program faced a variety of issues, suggesting years of work have gone down the drain.

A Mohave County veterans organization has multiple initiatives in the works connecting veterans to resources.

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has announced its next - and maybe final - hearing. Here's what to expect.

Today, you can expect it to be sunny with some clouds, with a high near 94 degrees. It will be cloudy at night, with a low near 80 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863.

  • In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.

  • In 1985, rock and country music artists participated in “Farm Aid,” a concert staged in Champaign, Illinois, to help the nation’s farmers.

  • In 1994, the situation comedy “Friends” debuted on NBC-TV.

  • In 2020, U.S. deaths from the coronavirus topped 200,000, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world at that point, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: How Tempe lost years of graffiti cleanup progress