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Pima's free pre-K program off to slow start due to pandemic, teacher shortages

The Pima Early Education Program Scholarships — or PEEPS — have struggled to reach low-income families midway through the program's first year as the COVID pandemic and teacher shortages keep the county from filling pre-K classrooms.... Read more»

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Comunidades rurales reciben ayuda para casos de emergencia de salud mental

En medio de dos crisis que se cruzan en Estados Unidos, una epidemia de opioides y el maltrato de las llamadas de emergencia de salud mental, el gobierno federal ha otorgado $ 5.6 millones para capacitar mejor a los trabajadores médicos de emergencia rurales.... Read more»

Federal grant pays for training of emergency medical workers in rural communities

Amid two intersecting crises in America – an opioid epidemic and mistreatment of emergency mental health calls – the federal government has awarded $5.6 million to better train rural emergency medical workers to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.... Read more»

Sheriff Nanos: Move to fire Pima jail guards who refuse COVID vaccine not a 'bluff'

With more than 200 staffers at the Pima County Jail about to lose their jobs because they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, Sheriff Chris Nanos cautioned them Monday, saying the move is not a "bluff" and "with every decision come consequences."... Read more»

Pima offers COVID boosters to 16-17-year-old after federal OK; nearly 100 new deaths reported in Az

Booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now available at Pima County clinics for 16 and 17-year-olds, after federal approval Thursday. 358 COVID deaths and 17,000 new infections were reported in Arizona this week. ... Read more»

Grijalva calls for review of Texas facility for migrant kids after whistleblower complaint

Following a whistleblower complaint over the treatment of migrant children at facility at Fort Bliss in Texas, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva called for a congressional investigation into what he called "horrific" and "inhumane practices" at the facility. ... Read more»

Strong initial response to special Affordable Care Act open enrollment

A special open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage drew 528,005 new enrollees nationwide in its first six weeks, with 9,569 of those consumers in Arizona, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.... Read more»

Despite COVID, many wealthy hospitals had banner year with federal bailout

Some of the nation’s richest hospitals recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in surpluses after accepting the lion’s share of federal health care bailouts. But poorer hospitals — many serving rural and minority populations — got a tinier slice of the pie.... Read more»

'No good choices': HHS is cutting safety corners to move migrant kids out of overcrowded facilities

After ignoring signs that shelters were filling quickly, agencies are scrambling to get thousands of kids out of Border Patrol jails. But new “emergency” facilities skirt safety standards, while facilities accused of abuse are still getting grants. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump's big border failure the perfect ending to a lousy presidency

Trump's four-year jihad of malevolent rage against illegal immigration barely made a dent in the numbers of undocumented border crossers. News flash: He was bad at his job.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s attack on the WHO

Trump made his announcement on funding at the White House coronavirus task force daily briefing on April 14, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” There is no evidence that the WHO has covered up the spread of the novel coronavirus. There has, however, been evidence that China was slow to report the outbreak. ... Read more»

Opioid overdose drug reaches too few patients

While use of the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone has skyrocketed in recent years, few of chronic pain patients at high risk of overdose are receiving it. ... Read more»

DHS plan to close Flores immigration detention ‘loophole’ likely to get tied in knots

The Trump administration has long complained about the Flores agreement, a 1997 court ruling that severely limits the amount of time that migrant children can be detained by the government, but a move to get rid of the agreement is likely to face legal challenges. ... Read more»

Arizona to get $20 million of $1.8 billion federal fund to fight opioids

Arizona will get more than $20 million in State Opioid Response grant funds from the federal government, part of $1.8 billion in grants the Trump administration said it was releasing to states Wednesday.... Read more»

Lawmakers praise staff at Tucson shelter for migrant kids, question reunification process

More than a dozen state legislators toured the Southwest Key shelter in Tucson, where nearly 300 children are staying as part of an contract with Health and Human Services, including 73 kids who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. ... Read more»

Grijalva decries secrecy after 'gut-wrenching' tour of Tucson center for detained migrant kids

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he reiterated disapproval of the policies that have dozens of migrant children locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5.... Read more»

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