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State official questions CDC listing Az last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey. While the state’s top health official noted that the survey has a large margin for error and questioned its methodology, a leading immunization advocate said that over time the state has seen a “downward trend.”... Read more»

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70 years later, Arizona veteran helps mark end of WWII

From the nose of a B-24 bomber soaring low over the Pacific Ocean 70 years ago, Bill Schrader scanned the horizon for Japanese vessels. Not to engage them, but to confirm that they were flying a white flag of surrender. Schrader, now 89, recalled that final mission Wednesday, marking the anniversary of V-J Day.... Read more»

Group files to recall state schools chief Diane Douglas

After filing paperwork Tuesday, the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas has until Dec. 30 to gather more than 366,000 signatures on petitions to force the first-term Republican to either step down or again face voters.... Read more»1

Az high schools forced to seek creative funding solutions for athletics

As the costs of high school athletics rise and education funding in Arizona continues to be squeezed, revenue streams like this have become critical to maintaining the viability of high school sports in the state.... Read more»

$215k federal grant will help Tohono O'odham track sex offenders

A $215,000 grant from the Justice Department will help the Tohono O'odham Nation keep track of sex offenders and fund victim notification programs on the reservation west of Tucson, officials said Monday.... Read more»

10 years later, Katrina memories still fresh for Arizonans who helped

It’s been 10 years since he responded to the devastation that was left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but the memories are still clear for Phoenix Fire Capt. Darrell B. Wiseman, one of hundreds of Arizonans from scores of organizations who went to the Gulf Coast to assist victims of the storm.... Read more»

Problems in U.S. immigration court system are seemingly endless

The ability to have a legal advocate has always been deemed a luxury by the undocumented. Unless you have money to hire a lawyer (a rare circumstance for a border crosser, young or old), or can somehow find one of the Good Samaritans who will work pro bono, you go into the courtroom alone, up against a government prosecutor. More than 80 percent of immigrants in detention are unrepresented.... Read more»

SciCheck

Carly Fiorina's fuzzy claims about vaccines

Carly Fiorina recently said some unnamed vaccine-preventable diseases are “not communicable” and “not contagious,” and some immunizations are not “necessary” for school-age children. The fact is that every immunization recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers a highly communicable disease.... Read more»

Q&A: Unaccompanied children from Central America, one year later

In 2014, roughly 69,000 kids from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras flooded the U.S.-Mexico border, traveling alone at great personal peril. A year later, the number of unaccompanied children arriving at U.S. borders has dropped significantly. But the immigration status of many of these children remains in flux.... Read more»

FactCheck

Jeb Bush attacks Planned Parenthood

Jeb Bush claims Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding because “they’re not actually doing women’s health issues.” ... Read more»

PCC extends registration deadline due to bus strike

Pima Community College is extending the deadline for adding fall semester classes to Sept. 8 in order to accommodate students affected by curtailment of Sun Tran bus service. ... Read more»

Deputies: Missing Green Valley man found on Northwest Side

An 82-year-old Green Valley man who drove away from his home Wednesday afternoon was found hours later unharmed near Orange Grove and Ina roads, authorities said.... Read more»

Mother of man killed by Border Patrol files lawsuit

Arguing that the May 2014 shooting of José Luis Arambula, a Tucson-area resident and U.S. citizen, was an unnecessary use of deadly force, lawyers representing Elisa Beckel filed suit against the federal government.... Read more»

Hiker charged with felony after dog's paws are burned

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with a felony after a dog's paws were severely burned during a Monday hike at Tanque Verde Falls in Redington Pass, authorities said.... Read more»

Weed Rush

Tribes wait to jump into weed rush

While Native American tribes can decide whether to legalize marijuana on tribal lands, many are concerned about possible repercussions from the government. ... Read more»

Drug-resistant head lice pop up in Arizona

Arizona is one of 25 states with lice populations that are highly resistant to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools, according to a new study. "The good news is head lice don’t carry disease," a researcher said. "They're more a nuisance than anything else."... Read more»

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