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The departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services will also end their requirements for Head Start educators, health care facilities that take Medicare and Medicaid and some foreign nationals crossing the border.

White House officials announced Monday that they will end the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees, contractors and international travelers when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends on May 11. Read more»

A 'Concerned Citizens' group has demands for the Catalina Foothills Governing Board about pronouns.

I can't speak to life as a transgender kid but their fight is our fight. If you don't think it's yours, you are crazy. A relentless political quest to identify and destroy enemies will go far beyond the rainbow. Read more»

Arizona State Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales

"Unfortunately, just as America’s largest working generation begins to retire, the United States faces the frightening reality that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money, and Washington is running out of time to fix it." — State Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales Read more»

La Universidad de Arizona está llevando a cabo un estudio sobre la meditación de la compasión, la cual se utiliza para tratar la ansiedad, la depresión y el sentimiento de aislamiento en sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama y sus parejas de apoyo.

La Universidad de Arizona utilizará una subvención de $1,7 millones para que las sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama y sus parejas practiquen la "meditación de la compasión", investigando si el programa puede aliviar su ansiedad, depresión y sensación de aislamiento. Read more»

Legal and historical experts say the statutes – named after the moral purist Anthony Comstock – could be the next major legal argument used by the anti-abortion movement in the courts to restrict abortion and reproductive health care.

A recent New Mexico law prohibiting public entities from interfering with reproductive and gender care access is the latest challenge to abortion access to lean on the Comstock Act of 1873, and recent court rulings in the abortion pill case suggest the dormant law can be applied today. Read more»

The report also suggested that community health care facilities and programs place clinics in schools or have mobile health care options to allow for the families of those who take on undocumented children to get health care without having to take time off their jobs.

Since fiscal year 2012, more than 600,000 migrant children have crossed into the United States by themselves - but once children are released, the lack of health insurance and lack of knowledge about the American medical system makes accessing health care extremely difficult. Read more»

Arizona had successfully challenged a Biden administration order that required federal contractors to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but an appeals court said this month that President Joe Biden had the authority to order the shots. State lawmakers have appealed the latest ruling to the Supreme Court.

Arizona legislative leaders have asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that said President Joe Biden had the authority to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers on federal contracts in Arizona. Read more»

After three years in the pandemic, when they were prohibited from dropping people from Medicaid rolls, Arizona officials have started to review recipients and drop those who no longer qualify. But they said they are working to steer people to other coverage.

Arizona and other states are once again free to verify that Medicaid enrollees are still qualified and cancel coverage if they’re not, and as many as 15 million Americans, including 7 million children, could lose the health coverage they relied on through the pandemic. Read more»

So far in the first three months of 2023, Arizona cannabis consumers have purchased 16,532 pounds of medical marijuana in various forms.

After nearly $1.5 billion in sales in 2022, Arizona’s cannabis market continues to be robust in the first months of 2023, driven by a growing recreational market, with the medical marijuana market remaining in a freefall. Read more»

Drunken driving deaths in the U.S. rose 14% from 2020 to 2021, and Arizona drunken driving deaths rose 43% in the same period. Experts cite several factors, but say reckless pandemic driving habits are at least partly to blame.

COVID-19 was not the only killer accounting for an increase in Arizona deaths in 2021: A surge in drunken driving deaths on the state’s highways that year was among the highest in the nation. Read more»

Rep. Cesar Aguilar sought to contrast Arizona Republicans’ championing of tamale vendors with their history of anti-immigrant policies, but was immediately interrupted by an uproar from GOP lawmakers, who used a procedural move to stop him. Rep. Mariana Sandoval was also stopped from speaking.

An attempt by Arizona Republicans to rebuke Gov. Katie Hobbs for vetoing a bill aimed at expanding the sale of homemade foods failed after most legislative Democrats sided with her, slamming the move to override her veto as just another effort to undermine her. Read more»

Steve Steele (center) and Earl Schaefer (right) speak with Liz Harris on a video she published.

The two Republicans nominated to replace expelled Arizona lawmaker Liz Harris both have strong connections to the conspiracy-pushing lawmaker. Read more»

El área metropolitana de Phoenix ha sido clasificada como la quinta ciudad más contaminada por el ozono en los Estados Unidos, según el informe más reciente del Estado del Aire de la Asociación Americana del Pulmón.

El área metropolitana de Phoenix es una de las ciudades más contaminadas con ozono en los EE. UU., y las personas de color se ven especialmente afectadas por la contaminación del aire y los problemas de salud que puede causar. Read more»

Tucson Unified School District tackles a new code of student conduct, seeing eye-to-eye with parents. What culture war?

TUSD's revisions in code of conduct include advice from district staff and parents about what kinds of consequences should be meted out for certain infractions. So much for the culture war. Parents and staff are largely simpatico. Plus, news about other local government meetings this week. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors plans spend $180,000 from a multi-million dollar settlement with drug manufacturers to purchase and distribute Narcan, "blanketing" the area with the medication that can reverse otherwise fatal opioid overdoses. Read more»

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