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Mexico issues ‘gender alert’ to stop rampant killing of women

The United Nations has called the abduction and murder of women in Mexico a “pandemic.” Some organizations estimate six women are killed every day across the country.... Read more»

Cochise Regional Hospital set to close after Medicare cut off funding

The government cut off Medicare payments this month to Cochise Regional Hospital in Douglas. Officials have gone to court to restore funding, saying the facility will have to close without it, but federal authorities said that four surveys of the facility found “continuing, serious problems with basic nursing care.”... Read more»1

Tucson getting $8.5M federal grant to hire 54 firefighters

The Tucson Fire Department will receive an $8.5 million federal grant to hire 54 firefighters, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday.... Read more»3

States to colleges: Prove you're worth it

States increasingly are funding colleges based on outcomes, such as whether their students graduate and on time. The strategy may be here to stay.... Read more»

Analysis

ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

IRS: 7.5M paid average $200 Obamacare penalty for not having insurance

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the IRS said last week. 76 percent of taxpayers checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.... Read more»

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders correct on veteran PTSD

A look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. ... Read more»

Detained immigrant families face uncertainty

More than 2,000 undocumented women and children being held in "deplorable" conditions at federal immigration detention centers are supposed to be released under a recent federal judge's order. But how long that takes and what happens to them next remains unclear, attorneys say. ... Read more»

Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less. The state also posted the highest student loan default rate, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. Both figures were skewed by the poor data from for-profit colleges.... Read more»

Oracle man tries to use rattlesnake as weapon

An Oracle man was arrested last week after firing a gun inside a home and threatening a resident with a rattlesnake, Pinal County authorities said.... Read more»

Man shot by police Sunday carried 2 large knives

A man who charged at police and was shot Sunday was carrying two large knives, authorities said. The unidentified man remained hospitalized Monday after being shot several times by Tucson officers.... Read more»1

Despite Obamacare promise, transgender people have trouble getting some care

Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history. The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets.... Read more»1

Road hazard

How the 'embarrassing' gas tax impasse explains Washington

In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline.... Read more»

In Big Bend, pipeline opponents claim small victory

A coalition of Texas ranchers, environmentalists and other disgruntled landowners is claiming a small victory in its long-shot battle to block a hefty pipeline planned to carry natural gas beneath 143 miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land into Mexico.... Read more»

The drug war isn’t the only battle Mexico is losing

The country now has 2 million more poor people than it had in 2012.... Read more»

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