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Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one.... Read more»

Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

Undocumented minors not getting due process in immigration cases

In the United States, thousands of immigrants – many of them underage, mentally ill or otherwise vulnerable – risk deportation as they face the court system without legal counsel.... Read more»

Commentary

Washington's cynical misinformation game

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage. Yet there is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty.... Read more»

Medicare Advantage patients find themselves in regulatory limbo

Medicare pays the privately run health plans — an alternative to traditional Medicare — a set monthly rate for each patient. About 16 million Americans have signed up at an annual cost to taxpayers of more than $160 billion, about one third of the elderly and disabled people eligible for Medicare. A Center for Public Integrity investigation published in June found as much as $70 billion of improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans from 2008 through last year.... Read more»

6,600 in Az could lose ACA insurance over immigration status

Thousands of Arizona residents could lose health insurance coverage soon because they haven’t cleared up their immigration status by providing documents requested by federal officials. Some 6,600 here are among 300,000 nationwide who will lose coverage next month if they don’t respond.... Read more»

Enviros push Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup

The grass-roots advocacy group launched in April with the goal of getting Congress to mandate cleanup of the more than 10,000 abandoned mines in the country, at least 500 of which are on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Commentary

Predictions of Obamacare waits for doctors prove unfounded

Commentary: critics falsely claimed Obamacare would make matter worse.

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Mexican midwives mix tradition, science to curb maternal deaths

Private groups and the Mexican government agree that the staggeringly high rate of maternal deaths during childbirth in Chiapas has to come down - but they disagree on how to do it. That’s resulted in a blending of traditional and modern methods in the poor, rural state.... Read more»

Deputies: Missing Green Valley man found, taken to hospital

An elderly man missing from his Green Valley home since 10 a.m. Sunday was found lying on the ground but conscious, and was taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said. Richard Bock, 89, was found in a wash near Abrego Drive and La Huerta, on the other side of Interstate 19 from his home.... Read more»

CD2 candidates agree on border security, split on immigration reform

The three Republican candidates in Congressional District 2 largely agreed with each other on the lack of leadership in Washington, but split on the necessity of immigration reform at a debate Thursday night.... Read more»5

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don’t forget that you can’t enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at one of its Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

County approves $1.5M partnership to sterilize, release feral cats

Pima County is instituting a “life-saving” trap-neuter-return program to address the problem of feral cats. The county euthanizes about 1,600 feral cats per year. A $1.5 million partnership was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.... Read more»1

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

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