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Firearm related deaths increase among children

Kaytlin Martino Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Firearm related deaths increase among children As the nation still grieves the loss of 17 high school children from the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a deeper look into just how many deaths among children are rooted from firearms in Arizona. According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, between the years of 2015 and 2016, firearm related fatalities increased by 29 percent. In 2016, firearm related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths and the numbers have steadily increased since. Not all gun-related deaths among children have been the result of a mass shooting. 12 of firearm-related deaths were suicides while 24 were homicides. A review team has determined that all firearm related deaths are preventable and have made up 11 percent of all preventable deaths. !function(e,t,s,i){var n=”InfogramEmbeds”,o=e.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0],d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?”http:”:”https:”;if(/^/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=d+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var r=e.createElement(“script”);r.async=1,r.id=s,r.src=i,o.parentNode.insertBefore(r,o)}}(document,0,”infogram-async”,”https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js”); [su_divider top=”no” size=”1″ margin=”10″]...

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Bullhead City Homeless Shelter Coming Soon

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2018)— In response to community need and thanks to generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona charitable organization in Mohave and Maricopa Counties, Catholic Charities Community Services is constructing a homeless shelter in Bullhead City targeted to open in 2019. The shelter will be the first of its kind in the area. The shelter will be designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness and provide them with emergency shelter and food, and it will connect them to other available social services to create a path of self-sufficiency and hope for a...

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Feds’ plan could add food stamp work requirement in most counties

Ariana Bustos Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Feds’ plan could add food stamp work requirement in most counties WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department wants to make it harder for states to get around the rule that limits childless, able-bodied adults to three months of food stamp benefits unless they get a job. The USDA said Thursday that it plans to allow states to waive the work requirement only in counties with an annual jobless rate of 10 percent or more. In Arizona, where 12 counties are currently eligible for waivers, only residents of Yuma and Apache counties could get extended benefits without getting a job under the plan. The change, to be officially posted in Friday’s Federal Register, is meant to “promote work and self-sufficiency” for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), officials said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “Long-term dependency has never been part of the American dream,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a prepared statement. “USDA’s goal is to move individuals and families from SNAP back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty. Everyone who receives SNAP deserves an opportunity to become self-sufficient and build a productive, independent life,” the statement said. Requests for comment from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office were not immediately returned and an official with the Arizona Department of Economic Security, which oversees SNAP in the state,...

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Gallego, Latino community promotes Clean Power Plan

Tatum Smith Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Gallego, Latino community promotes Clean Power Plan PHOENIX – Congressman Ruben Gallego, along with environmental advocates in the Latino community, touted the importance of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan at a round table conference Thursday organized by National Council of La Raza Action Fund . “We need to consistently take positive action towards that, electing officials that are going to be in support of clean air legislation,” said Gallego, D-Phoenix. “At the same time, we need to make sure that the Trump administration doesn’t roll back some of the advances that were made under President Obama.” Gallego joined 236 U.S. mayors who opposed the administration’s proposed repeal of the plan, announced in March 2017, in a letter submitted Wednesday to the Environmental Protection Agency. He said Latinos and people of color are disproportionately affected by climate change. “If we think about what is happening in the Valley, when we have an increase in the heat … Latinos are going to be the first to be impacted,” he said. According to the National Council of La Raza, 90 percent of Latinos want the government to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change. “As this place gets hotter, we’re going to have to spend more and more of our spendable money on air conditioning,” Gallego said. “Unfortunately, as we know about the Latino...

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