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Phoenix’s first ‘welcome center’ for migrant families now open

On Saturday, an elementary school in south-central Phoenix opened its doors to children for the first time since it closed in 2007. But instead of kids with backpacks and fresh back-to-school haircuts, it was a group of migrant children, mothers and fathers from Mexico and Honduras who stepped off a U.S. Department of Homeland Security bus and through the doors of the former Ann Ott School.

Arizona 3rd worst in US for per-person health care spending

Arizona ranks nearly worst in the nation when it comes to per person spending on public health, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Advocates decry Trump administration plan to rein in food stamp access

Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a Trump administration proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for people receiving other financial assistance, a move that critics say will harm Arizona's working poor.

Ducey signals push to revamp cosmetology licensing requirements

Recent remarks by Gov. Doug Ducey suggest that cosmetology will be the next step in his push to reduce occupational licensing requirements in Arizona.During a question-and-answer session at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce luncheon...

Cyberbully solutions: Target becomes an activist; ASU researchers develop Instagram app

PHOENIX - After long days of torment at middle school, Grace Martinez would come home, eat dinner and do her chores. But as she as soon as she was alone, behind her bedroom door,...

Dems warn looming health care ruling could be ‘catastrophic’

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are warning that a looming court decision could upend the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Americans without health insurance.The case -- argued Wednesday before the U.S. Court...

Nurses are biggest beneficiaries of licensing fee waivers

A program that allows low-income Arizonans to get started on their careers without paying fees for their state-issued occupational licenses has been a hit with people who are going into nursing.Under the 2017 law,...

Throwing a lifeline to poor patients ‘dumped’ by health care providers

Jarmusz is one of many patients who are discharged from hospitals because they are unable to pay for the treatment and care they need, a practice known as patient dumping. It affects primarily those who are homeless, uninsured or underinsured, or undocumented.

Migrant children in AZ shelters to keep play time, education services, despite end of federal funding

The Arizona Department of Health Services reassured two concerned Democratic lawmakers that migrant children and teens housed in state-licensed facilities are guaranteed play time and an education.This month, Democratic Reps. Kelli Butler of Phoenix...

What are the most and least affordable Arizona counties?

Affordable housing has become a major issue in Arizona politics and newly released data by the National Low Income Housing Coalition has shed a light on where the issue is the most prevalent in...
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