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Foster care children aging out of Arizona system need transitional help

There are state programs and charitable agencies aimed at helping youth as they age out of foster care, but only about one-quarter of them take advantage, according to Beverlee Kroll, an independent living and youth services manager for the Department of Child Safety. “... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Med school dean's travel is a hurricane in a squirt bottle

Tucson should put a portable defibrillator in every home if we're going to freak out about $26,000 per year in university spending that can be questioned. Bureaucracy is to universities what analogies are to the SAT. Without the former, there isn't much use of the latter. So 26 grand for comfy travel seems a pittance compared to what could happen on any given day on a college campus. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Unpacking pot’s impact in Colorado

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said “marijuana-related” traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions in Colorado have “not significantly” increased since the state legalized the drug. That’s inaccurate. Statistics from various official sources show substantial increases.... Read more»

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.... Read more»

Az facilities not affected as Justice Dep't looks to end private prison contracts

The Justice Department will begin shifting away from using private prisons following a report by government auditors sharply critical of the practice. While Arizona is home to more than a dozen private prisons that contract with the state and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, none will be affected by the move, announced Thursday. ... Read more»

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

What the Devil Won't Tell You

Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister.... Read more»

FactCheck: Fake Clinton medical records in circulation

Medical documents purporting to be from Hillary Clinton's doctor and posted on conservative websites claim to show Clinton suffers from seizures and dementia. ... Read more»

U.S. prosecutors dealt setback in medical marijuana cases

The U.S. Department of Justice cannot spend money to prosecute federal marijuana cases if the defendants comply with state guidelines that permit the drug's sale for medical purposes, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. ... Read more»

As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs. States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects.... Read more»

Tribe concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land

In June, the Gila River Indian Community approved moving reclaimed water to an area that adjoins Pii Paash land, but the small tribe of about 1,000 remains worried that the water will seep onto its land and believes the environmental questions have not been answered.... Read more»

Analysis

Should big insurance become like Walmart to lower health costs?

Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way?... Read more»

U.S. DEA denies petition to reclassify marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. ... Read more»

Looks can kill: Deadly results of flawed designs

From automobiles to software, poorly designed products just might kill you.... Read more»

As insurers leave Arizona, Obamacare consumers face higher costs this fall

Insurance companies have one more day to let Arizona regulators know if they will drop or limit coverage under Obamacare, but this much is already certain: Coverage will still be available, but it will cost more. ... Read more»2

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