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Northeast states slap quarantine on Arizona travelers to stem COVID-19 spread

Arizonans will face a 14-day quarantine if they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, whose governors announced the restriction Wednesday to keep people from COVID-19 “hot spots” from bringing the infection with them.... Read more»

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Doctors raise concerns over the safety of 'keepsake' ultrasound photos

The FDA has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, saying it is aware of “several enterprises” in the U.S. that perform ultrasounds on pregnant women for entertainment’s sake and then sell the images as keepsake photographs and videos.... Read more»

10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. ... Read more»

Small farms immune to safety investigations, even when a worker dies

In 1976, a few years after OSHA was created, Congress attached a rider to the agency’s budget that exempted farms with 10 or fewer employees from enforcement. It shields farm owners from accountability when their workers die in preventable accidents.... Read more»

6.6 million Americans file unemployment claims — doubling last week's record

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population. ... Read more»

Giffords to sit with Newtown congresswoman at Obama's address

Gabrielle Giffords will sit with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday night during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. Esty represents a Connecticut district that includes Newtown, site of the 2012 the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 28 people, including 20 children. ... Read more»

From the archive: Tucson's message to Newtown

In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, thousands of Tucsonans wrote personal notes of support and caring on a 75-foot banner that was sent to Connecticut and hung over a Newtown roadway.... Read more»

Parents demand marijuana treatment for epileptic kids

An ever-growing lobby of tenacious parents are pushing politicians to legalize medical marijuana for children with epilepsy and other serious conditions. ... Read more»

Federal pot ban leaves states to craft their own MMJ rules

Every state regulates medical marijuana differently. The result is wide disparities across the country, including everything from lab testing to costs. ... Read more»

Grassroots effort seeks labeling of genetically modified foods in Az

With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.... Read more»

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

Guns or funds? Districts debate what it will take to make kids safer, and schools and state governments have feverishly searched for ways to protect their students. State legislators introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation on school safety. Many called for arming more security guards or, like a law passed in Texas, for arming teachers.... Read more»

Connecticut lawmakers vote in tough gun control measures

The state of Connecticut has enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the U.S. as of April 1st, legislative leaders announced after coming to a consensus on the measures — a legislative breakthrough linked to the tragic Newtown shootings in December.... Read more»

Gun control

Q&A: After Sandy Hook, people 'simply cannot walk away'

An interview with an expert on gun violence, who's backing the push for universal background checks.... Read more»

Gabe Zimmerman's mother moves lawmakers with pleas for reform

A packed congressional hearing room gave a standing ovation Wednesday to Emily Nottingham, whose testimony about her son killed in a 2011 Tucson shooting spree brought several people to tears. “We have allowed ourselves to overemphasize gun rights to the detriment of other rights, including the most important, the right to be alive,” she said.... Read more»

Commentary

Preventing gun violence in our nation

After last month’s senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut—in which 20 children and 6 adults were shot and killed—we need to immediately address the gaps in our current law that enable mass shootings, as well as the everyday shootings that on average claim the lives of 33 Americans each day.... Read more»

School reform groups question proposals for armed security

As the White House considers proposals to allocate federal money for armed guards in schools, prominent school-discipline reform groups have issued a report denouncing the idea as a misguided reaction to the Newtown school shooting.... Read more»

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