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The Food and Drug Administration is considering a proposal to make it easier for men who have sex with men to donate blood and plasma.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes joined 21 other state attorneys general in supporting a Food and Drug Administration proposal that would make it easier for LGBTQ individuals to donate blood and plasma. Read more»

The FDA requires that gay and bisexual men abstain from having sex with men for at least three months before donating blood. Advocates want the restriction, which has been loosened since the 1980s, eliminated.

Advocates are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as the country continues to deal with one of the worst blood shortages to date. Read more»

Studies show COVID-19 vaccines boost antibody levels and improve the immune response of those who previously had COVID-19; the vaccines do not “wipe out” antibodies developed by people who recovered from the disease, as social media posts have falsely claimed. Read more»

Respiratory viruses, in general, aren’t known to spread by blood transfusion and, worldwide, there have been no reported cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, being transmitted via blood.

The nation’s tensions over COVID-19 vaccinations have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions - with some patients who are skeptical of the shots demanding transfusions only from the unvaccinated, an option blood centers insist is not feasible. Read more»

Budweiser bottling plant in st. Louis. Anheuser-Busch said on Twitter it would work with the Red Cross and 'other non-profit partners, to determine where the hand sanitizer will be needed most.'

Dozens of businesses across the country switched production from booze to sanitizer after two federal agencies relaxed manufacturing guidelines amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more»

William G. Walker has represented the No More Deaths organization for 15 years. Walker said out of 36 federal cases against No More Deaths, he hasn’t lost a single one.

Members of No More Deaths have faced 36 misdemeanor cases in the past 15 years brought by federal authorities. They have not lost a single one. But a recent round of arrests has put nine volunteers in limbo at a time when the relationship between the humanitarian group and Border Patrol is perhaps more tense than ever. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.

Gov. Rick Perry will announce Monday that he is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed. Read more» 1

An interview iwth Dr. Victoria Maizes, executive director of the Center for Integrative Medicine. Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman, an update from Richard White of the American Red Cross in Tucson, and the every-other Tuesday Arts Report. Read more»

Beth Rosenberg of the Children's Action Alliance, state Sen. David Bradle, KVOI talk show host Joe Dreyfuss, Richard White of the Red Cross, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma. Read more»

American Red Cross volunteer Marty Martindale provides some encouragement to Yarnell resident Gene Criner, one of scores who lost homes in the wildfire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters on June 30.

Residents of Yarnell said Monday that they were never really depending on help from the federal government, and vowed to continue rebuilding their community after a request for disaster aid was rejected Friday. Read more»

Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker, Director of the Supportive Services to Veteran Families Program at the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter Mary Laughbaum, President and CEO Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer, TUSD Boardmmber Mark Stegeman, petition organizer John Kromko, developer Richard Studwell Read more»

Bobby Diaz, an Army veteran, now has a three-bedroom apartment because of the help from the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. Diaz served for seven years in the Army, and served overseas three times.

Three local organizations have been awarded almost $3.3 million to help fight homelessness among military veterans in Southern Arizona. Seven-year Army vet Bobby Diaz and his family are among those who've been helped by the Red Cross. "It was fast, a lot faster than I thought it would be," he said. "They have services and I got a home within a week." Read more»

An interview with Karin Uhlich, city councilwoman from Tucson's Ward 3. Also, certified financial advisor Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Plus, Richard White, of the American Red Cross and Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer affairs contributor. Read more»

Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott, plus, Richard White of the Red Cross talks about the nationwide blood supply shortage, along with a technology report from Dan Ranieri, CEO of La Frontera, and Elaine Richardson, Democratic candidate for Pima County treasurer. Read more»

The FDA has hit the American Red Cross with a nearly $10 million fine for safety violations, lax oversight and faulty testing of its blood services. The fine is just the latest of more than a dozen the Red Cross has racked up in the last decade. Read more»

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