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Prop. 206

Study: Minimum wage bump would result in minimal job losses

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said.... Read more»1

Settlement against Yavapai hospital called win for whistleblowers

A national expert on whistleblowers Wednesday welcomed the multimillion-dollar settlement of charges against the Yavapai Regional Medical Center as “a great example” of how the system should work.... Read more»

VA official: Nelson right choice to head Phoenix hospital, despite objections

RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being exposed to HIV.... Read more»

Inspector general report says problems persist at Phoenix VA hospital

Two years after problems with health care were first uncovered at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, an inspector general’s report released Tuesday said patients there “continued to encounter delays in obtaining” care.... Read more»

How the nation’s opioid epidemic is morphing — and growing

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction.... Read more»

Lawmakers question credentials of new Phoenix VA director

Arizona lawmakers are expressing concern over the “questionable record” the newly appointed director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System racked up in her previous VA positions.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke marijuana than their teenage children.... Read more»

Franks urges action on pro-life bill stalled in Az Senate for a year

More than a year after his Born Alive Protection Act passed the House, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called on senators to act on the bill before the legislative calendar runs out.... Read more»

One less battle: Treatment courts keep vets out of jail, in recovery

Veterans treatment courts divert vets who have been charged with a crime and connects them to services. The programs can cut repeat offenses and veteran homelessness sharply, advocates say... Read more»

The women's health issue no one talks about: Depression

About 1 out of 5 women in America will experience depression in her lifetime, twice the number of men. Over the past decade, people have increasingly treated depression with medication: And today, about 15 percent of women take an antidepressant. Are they being overprescribed? It's complicated.... Read more»

FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and lethal muscle weakening disorder that affects about 15,000 Americans. The approval of the drug, Exondys 51, came over the objections of its own advisory committee.... Read more»

GOP focuses Obamacare attacks on key races; study finds marketplace plans cheaper than employer healthcare

Republicans are highlighting the withdrawal of major insurers from online marketplaces and premium increases that will likely be announced just days before Election Day. But, a new study from the finds that unsubsidized policies in those marketplaces are still cheaper than the full cost of employer-provided coverage.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

UA researchers developing new way to look deep inside the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona may be on the cusp of a breakthrough when it comes to examining the deepest parts of the brain.... Read more»

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