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Halloween sadism: History behind myth of poisoned treats

What a seasonal fear reveals about our changing relationship to food: Everybody’s heard the unsettling bit about the razorblade-spiked Halloween apple. ... Read more»

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Az gets failing grade for policies to support new working parents

Arizona received a failing grade for its policies to help expecting and new parents, only meeting the minimum federal standards under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to a national report card released Wednesday.... Read more»

Feds: Az day-care inspections need improvement

In two reports this month, the Department of Health and Human Services said that Arizona officials may not have ensured “that each provider complied with one or more State licensing requirements to ensure the health and safety of children.” But advocates who had seen the reports questioned the size of the federal audits.... Read more»

Arizona foster-care cases rose over decade, as national numbers fell

Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data. Advocates said the numbers are more evidence of a state foster care system in crisis, one that has been “overworked and overwhelmed” as budgets have been cut.... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Gaps in kids' dental coverage a trouble spot

New data indicate that difficulties persist despite the health law’s efforts at to expand pediatric dental insurance.... Read more»

Advocates: Child care less affordable in Arizona than many states

Arizona is the seventh-least-affordable state for before-school/after-school child care, according to a study by a national advocacy group.... Read more»

Chances of climbing economic ladder are mixed in Az

Location matters when it comes to the chances that a child born into poverty in Arizona will move up the economic ladder during his lifetime. A recent study showed that a Tucson child from a family in the bottom-fifth income level has a 7.6 percent chance to rise to the top fifth by adulthood.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Why Arizona struggles with child well-being

An interview with the vice president of the Children's Action Alliance in Arizona, Amy Kobeta. Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman had the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Also, Rod Pace, CEO of Rosemont Copper, and Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan. ... Read more»

Dramatic decline in youth incarceration; Az cuts jailed youth by 50%

The United States still leads the industrialized world in incarcerating young people, and ethnic-minority kids are still locked up more than whites. But there is good news: Since 1995, the rate at which states confine young people has been steadily dropping; Arizona cut the number of jailed youth in half.... Read more»

Comic:

Sugar addicts: New playground for today's kids

Thanks to the powerful corporate food lobby, children's sugar addiction has them swinging toward juvenile diabetes while they slide from obesity to heart disease.... Read more»

Tucson police, TMC to give away car booster seats

A new state law that changes the requirements of who uses car booster seats will take effect Aug. 2, and Tucson police are teaming with TMC for Children to give away 150 seats Thursday.... Read more»

Report: 3M children working in Mexico, half unpaid

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission on Friday said that 3 million minors work in the country, half without pay.... Read more»

Kids who drink soda at increased risk of heart disease

Children who drink sugar-laden sodas may be at greater risk of developing heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.... Read more»1

Tucson receives $2.4M grant to get the lead out

A grant from the the Department of Housing and Urban Development hopes to help Tucson's low-income families eliminate lead hazards in their homes over the next three years. ... Read more»

Analysis

Facts about Az’s changing demographics

Here are some startling facts about how Arizona's emerging communities of color have impacted the political electorate and influenced the local economy.... Read more»1

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