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Tono Chelestine, 14, talks with social worker Abel Ortega from the shelter for street children, Niños del Camino, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in mid-March 2011. Tono had just been in a fight with other kids who visit the shelter and did not want to return to the street. Ortega and another social worker, Ana Sosa, told Tono that if he did not start sticking up for himself, the other street children would 'eat him alive.' The shelter is open three days a week and offers a safe place for street children to eat, bath and wash their clothes. But due to a recent loss of funding, the shelter could soon close.

Hundreds of children roam the streets of Santo Domingo, a city of 2.1 million. Some are Dominican and some Haitian. Many are both. Most were born there, but few know how to legally prove their citizenship as they struggle to survive. Read more»

Rep. Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, said a report on tuition at Arizona’s three public universities doesn’t fully reflect the difficulties families face in sending their kids to college.

Tuition increases at Arizona’s three public universities might force some students to drop out and deter others from applying, members of the Arizona Board of Regents told a legislative committee Tuesday. (with video) Read more» 1

A graphic shows drug overdose rates by state and prescription painkillers sold by state.

Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone or methadone have increasingly been involved in overdose deaths in Arizona in recent years amid a national trend of skyrocketing numbers of drug overdose deaths in the past decade. Read more»

Old and unused prescription drugs piling up in your medicine cabinet can tempt children bent on abusing them, officials say. Federal and state officials are urging Arizonans to bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to collection sites Saturday as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Read more»

Guy Mikkelsen, the founder of the Williams food bank, sees more and more people in their 50s who never thought they would have to seek food assistance and are now coming to his food bank.

Arizona ranks third nationally for 50 to 59 year olds at risk of hunger, with roughly 12 percent of people in this age group experiencing what is known as food insecurity, according to a report released in August by AARP. Read more»

Greg Eells, director of counseling and psychological services at Cornell University, speaks about the stresses tough immigration laws are placing on Latino students.

Strict immigration laws such as those passed in Arizona and Alabama cause stress for U.S.-born Latino students and those here illegally and can keep them from succeeding in college, a panel of psychologists and student counselors said Monday. Read more» 1

From left, Andrew LeFevre, the director of public relations for the Arizona Department of Education, and John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, detail the new grading system.

A new school accountability system based on letter grades and taking into account students’ academic improvement in addition to test scores offers a clearer view of how schools perform. Read more» 1

Marty Shultz, the former chairman of the Arizona School Redistricting Commission, speaks before the Joint Legislative Study Committee on School District Unification and Consolidation that included Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.

The Arizona Legislature should pass a law requiring certain school districts to unify and consolidate rather than having voters decide what happens in their areas, the person who headed the state’s 2008 redistricting effort told a legislative committee Wednesday. Read more»

With Arizona among 25 states that received cantaloupe from Colorado that has been linked with a listeria outbreak, it is “probable to possible” that some people will get sick during the next few weeks, a state health official said Thursday. Read more»

From left, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Deptartment of Homeland Security Director Gilbert Orrantia, attend the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee Wednesday. In response to Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, Arpaio said his posse will not help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nearly 3,500 volunteers in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s posse help arrest illegal immigrants and fight other crimes, but don’t expect them to patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday. Read more»

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble, shown in November 2010, said he was satisfied with Arizona’s performance in the report.

Arizona is prepared to respond to public health emergencies and to identify biological and chemical threats, but it needs to report test results for foodborne bacteria faster, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more»

Arizona is among 10 states that have the easiest procedures for opting out of childhood vaccinations based on personal beliefs, and a growing number of parents are choosing not to innoculate their children. (with video) Read more»

Alicia Sander shows participants the equivalent of fat contained in a sample of food during a seminar on diabetes offered by the Mexican Consulate in Nogales.

Diabetes awareness is part of Ventanilla de Salud – Window of Health – a Mexican government program providing health education through its consulates and connecting citizens in the U.S. with health care. Read more»

Map showing persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States, according to data from 2008. The interactive map is available at AIDSVu.org.

A first-of-its-kind interactive map of HIV rates in the United States turns dark red over Maricopa and Pima counties when a visitor filters for black residents, illustrating rates roughly three times the state’s average. Read more»

Members of the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee include, from left, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, state Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and state Rep. Russell Jones, R-Yuma.

An elite team of Arizona Department of Public Safety officers made more than 100 arrests last year of those smuggling drugs, people and currency or committing other major crimes, an official said Wednesday to a legislative panel on border issues. Read more»

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