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Consuelo Hernandez: Menthol cigarette ban could lead to over-policing Black, Brown communities

As the Sunnyside School District Governing Board president, an outspoken community activist in the fight for equity, and somebody who has a long history of mentoring at-risk youth, I have some concerns about the FDA's proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. ... Read more»

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Cleanup of abandoned uranium mines stirs demand for workers

With big money flowing in the coming decade from settlements with large corporations and the U.S. government for contamination, cleanup of hundreds of abandoned uranium mines - found in all corners of the Southwest - will finally begin.... Read more»

First lady Jill Biden, Mayor Regina Romero celebrate Int'l Women's Day in Tucson

First lady Jill Biden and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero marked International Women's Day during a backyard celebration at Romero's home Tuesday, as Biden tours Arizona and Nevada to push the "cancer moonshot" and stalled Build Back Better bill. ... Read more»

First lady Jill Biden to visit Tucson on Monday & Tuesday

First Lady Jill Biden will visit Tucson as part of a larger tour of Arizona and Nevada to push for the president's priorities outlined last week during his State of the Union address. Biden will visit San Xavier del Bac, and meet with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. ... Read more»

Some Arizona downwinders who blame illnesses on nuclear testing remain uncompensated

In 1990, Congress approved the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to pay victims of radiation exposure - however, the southern part of Mohave County, which is just 190 miles south of the testing site, was excluded in what Rep. Paul Gosar said was an unintentional mistake.... Read more»

State of the Union

Biden: 'We are the only nation that can be defined by a single word: Possibilities'

"We are the only nation on Earth that has always turned every crisis we have faced into an opportunity. The only nation that can be defined by a single word: possibilities."... Read more»

COVID-19 on track to be leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021

COVID-19 claimed almost 15,800 lives in Arizona this year, putting it on track to be the leading cause of death in the state in 2021 - a change from 2020, when the virus was the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.... Read more»

Analysis finds COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona

A new report by the Arizona Public Health Association found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures. ... Read more»1

Arizona officials cite highs, lows that will be Colin Powell’s legacy

Arizona politicians from both sides of the aisle praised former Secretary of State Colin Powell as a dedicated public servant who will inspire “generations of Americans,” but who also leaves behind a mixed legacy. ... Read more»

Biden administration moves to curtail 'forever chemicals'

In an effort to better protect Americans – especially those in underserved communities – from toxic compounds called “forever chemicals” for their resistance to dissolution, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a roadmap to new regulations Monday. ... Read more»

'The enemy is lurking in our bodies' - women veterans say toxic exposure caused breast cancer

Numbers for breast cancer in military women have been high for years, but as veterans returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rumors began to swirl: The cancers are hitting young—and they’re extraordinarily aggressive.... Read more»

Estate of Henrietta Lacks sues biotech company over use of famous cells

Likening his grandmother's famous cancer cells to the woman herself, and their sale as akin to slavery, the executor of the estate of Henrietta Lacks filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Thermo Fisher Scientific seeking all of the biotechnology company’s profits from her cells. ... Read more»

Pandemic health inequities expose need for greater obesity prevention

The effects of obesity account for a large share of the nation's health care spending, but funding for obesity prevention and control has been inadequate for decades, and the pandemic has thrust longstanding racial and economic health disparities into bold relief.... Read more»

‘Luckiest man alive’: Why 9/11 first responders’ outlooks may improve even as physical health fails

A new report released by the New York City Fire Department finds that even as 9/11 responders’ self-reported physical health has declined over the years, they have consistently reported their mental health-related quality of life as better than that of average Americans.... Read more»

Analysis

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust & ensuing chronic health conditions offer unheeded lessons

9/11 responders not only faced initial “acute” health problems, they soon began experiencing a wave of chronic diseases that continue to affect them 20 years later due a of mixture of cement dust and particles, asbestos and a class of chemicals called persistent organic pollutants.... Read more»

Lawsuit challenges new Arizona abortion restrictions, 'personhood' provision

Abortion rights advocates are asking a federal court to block a sweeping new Arizona abortion law that they say grants civil rights to fetuses, embryos and fertilized human eggs and is set to take effect Sept. 29. ... Read more»

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