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Suicide rate rising for Az middle-aged men

Arizona has had one of the nation's highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state's overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state's poor economy has been a factor. ... Read more»

Court: Mine can give job preference to Navajo workers on tribal land

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Peabody Western Coal Co. can give preference to Navajo tribal members when making hiring decisions for mines on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

St. Francis in the Foothills provides man sanctuary from deportation

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family. ... Read more»1

Domestic abuse a challenge for states

States are increasingly interested in reducing domestic violence, but none of them are trying to prevent domestic violence by focusing on specific demographic groups. Advocates say that’s a problem, stressing stress that states must consider the influence of race, culture and other demographic factors to craft effective strategies. ... Read more»

Huckelberry hardball: 'Pay this bill or we'll kill these dogs'

Pima County fired back at Tucson's refusal to pay for increased animal-shelter costs Wednesday, with a Chuck Huckelberry memo that's reminiscent of a 1973 National Lampoon cover. The county administrator said if the city doesn't want to pay more for the Animal Control Center, then Tucson can choose to put strays to sleep — and hire someone to do it.... Read more»2

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Sanctuary movement in Tucson may give refuge to third immigrant

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case. ... Read more»

City Council asks feds to close sanctuary case

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to ask the White House and Homeland Security to close the deportation case against Rosa Robles Loreto, who has been in sanctuary at a Tucson church for nearly 50 days. ... Read more»2

Advocates, expert: NFL cases bringing attention to domestic violence

From the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice to the Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer, cases involving NFL players are putting a national focus on domestic violence.... Read more»1

Female entrepreneurs circumvent gender gap

A recent report gives Arizona a grade of C for women's employment and earnings. As income inequality persists, more women in Arizona and elsewhere in the country are gaining leadership skills and taking on managerial roles by starting their own businesses. ... Read more»

Against the odds, Africans taking refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso. ... Read more»

Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

Program uses music to aid memory in Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program. ... Read more»

House members grill VA officials over audit of Phoenix operations

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to "whitewash" reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have "contributed" to 40 veterans' deaths in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Number of Az uninsured dropping, still higher than nat'l average

While it fell, Arizona's uninsured rate, at 17.1 percent, was higher than the nation's 14.5 percent. Analysts cite several reasons why more people might have insurance, from more jobs to 'Obamacare.'... Read more»

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