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McCain to return to Senate on Tuesday

Just a week after announcing that he had been diagnosed with a serious brain cancer that is nearly always deadly, U.S. Sen. John McCain will return to Washington, D.C. ... Read more»

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What to know about glioblastoma, the brain cancer afflicting Sen. McCain

Glioblastoma, the cancer U.S. Sen. John McCain was recently diagnosed with, is an aggressive cancer that originates in the brain. Learn more about the disease.... Read more»

Commentary

A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I’ve never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or six U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I’ve joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.... Read more»

Outpouring of support for McCain comes from far – and weird

The outpouring of support following this week’s announcement that Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members. It also came from some unexpected sources, as well as untold numbers of regular Americans.... Read more»

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.... Read more»

'Cancer doesn't know what it's up against' — leaders react to McCain's cancer

Learning that Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, political leaders praised his service, and offered prayers and encouraging words about his potential to recover. "Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John," said former President Barack Obama. ... Read more»

McCain diagnosed with aggressive, deadly brain cancer

U.S. Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, following surgery to remove what testing showed was a glioblastoma tumor last Friday. Few patients with that type of cancer survive more than 12-15 months, even with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.... Read more»

Feds reject insurance hike for big rigs; pleasing independent truckers, rankling safety advocates

Each year, close to 4,000 people are killed in the U.S. in crashes involving large trucks and tens of thousands more are hurt, some suffering catastrophic injuries that leave them disabled and in need of expensive lifetime care. Yet for more than three decades, the federal minimum for truck liability insurance has remained stuck at $750,000. ... Read more»

Doctors teeter on divide between pain treatment, opioid abuse

A new 400-page report by leading doctors across the country called on the FDA to develop new regulations for opioid prescriptions, balancing the need to treat pain properly and avoid opioid abuse.... Read more»

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

McCain has blood clot removed from brain by Mayo surgeons

U.S. Sen. John McCain had a two-inch blood clot removed from his brain above his left eye on Friday. Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix performed the operation, which required a craniotomy near his eyebrow.... Read more»

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

Az protesters arrested at Flake’s D.C. office in health care rally

As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as many as 400,000 Arizonans, who would lose health care under a bill the Senate is considering to replace the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

Local protests just part of pressure aimed at Flake on health care vote

When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices last week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican.... Read more»

Grijalva holding health care town hall Thursday night

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva will hold two health care town halls this week to discuss the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The events will be in Tucson on Thursday, July 6, and Avondale, Saturday, July 8.... Read more»1

Safe at home? Not if home is Arizona, new report card says

Arizona got an “F” for its safety policies, scoring particularly poorly on traffic safety, in a new national ranking of how well states are prepared to deter preventable deaths. Arizona ranked 44th overall, but 48th for road safety, where it was nicked for weak or nonexistent laws on child passengers, seat belts, vulnerable road users and distracted driving.... Read more»

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