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Study: Senate bill could give 1.8 million DREAMers path to citizenship

Alex Valdez Friday, July 21, 2017 Study: Senate bill could give 1.8 million DREAMers path to citizenship WASHINGTON – They are called DREAMers, the young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and their dream of citizenship got renewed backing Thursday from two prominent senators. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said the Dream Act 2017 they introduced Thursday would give those young people a chance at permanent residence and a possible path to citizenship. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that the bill could affect as many 1.8 million undocumented immigrants in this country, if passed – but passage is far from assured. It “certainly does not face an easy future in Congress, for no other reason than the White House has suggested that the president would veto the legislation,” said MPI’s Michelle Mittelstadt. But Graham said he is optimistic, noting that President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on immigration but has also said he place in his heart for immigrant childreN. As they unveiled their bill Thursday, Graham and Durbin stressed that it’s not about charity but about doing the right thing for a specific group of young, undocumented immigrants. “We believe that those who are brought to the United States as children, that have grown up in this country, have no criminal record, who are prepared to serve this...

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Arizona official: EPA rule puts ‘extraordinarily high’ burden on mines

Ben Moffat Thursday, July 20, 2017 Arizona official: EPA rule puts ‘extraordinarily high’ burden on mines WASHINGTON – Proposed federal rules that would require mining companies to have cash sufficient to clean up any environmental problems they might cause are “duplicative and unnecessary,” an Arizona environmental official told a House panel Thursday. Bret Parke, deputy director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, told a House Natural Resources subcommittee that the state has adequate regulations in place to make sure mining companies can fund any cleanups. The proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule would require companies in certain industries, including hardrock mining, to demonstrate that they have funds for any cleanup of a hazardous material release. Parke said that would be an “extraordinarily high” economic burden on Arizona mine operators, who could be required to keep hundreds of millions of dollars of cash on hand, depending on the size of the operation. EPA officials were not at the hearing, titled “Seeking Innovative Solutions for the Future of Hardrock Mining,” and no one at the agency was immediately available for comment Thursday. But Lauren Pagel, policy director for Earthworks, testified that the proposed rule is needed to ensure companies are able to clean up their own messes when the EPA can’t afford to. She pointed to EPA data that names the hardrock mining industry as the number one toxic polluter in...

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July 20, 2017 Newscast

Staff Thursday, July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 Newscast Sen. John McCain, 7th Street mural and Lake Pleasant rescues Cronkite News reports on reactions to Sen. McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis, a Phoenix mural with a message and emergency monsoon...

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What to know about glioblastoma, the brain cancer Sen. John McCain is battling

Chris Benincaso Thursday, July 20, 2017 What to know about glioblastoma, the brain cancer Sen. John McCain is battling Glioblastoma, the cancer afflicting John McCain, is an aggressive cancer that originates in the brain. Dr. Peter Najani, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and Catherine Ivy, president and a founder of the Ivy Foundation brain research center, discussed the diagnosis, symptoms and treatment. He is not on John McCain’s treatment team. What is glioblastoma? “Glioblastoma is a tumor that arises inside the brain itself,” Najani said. It’s a primary form of brain cancer, meaning it originates in the brain instead of spreading from other cancerous organs, such as with secondary brain cancers. “Brain tumors are graded along a scale. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of that,” he said. Najani said the cancer spreads like butter melting into bread, mingling with brain tissue. Medical professionals find it difficult to extract, making the disease especially dangerous. “Glioblastoma is a liquid tumor that enters little crevices in the brain,” Ivy said. “It multiplies more rapidly than other cancers.” What are the symptoms of glioblastoma? Najani said symptoms depend on where the disease is located in the brain. “Often it’s a seizure or some sudden event from it,” he said. “But sometimes it’s very non-specific things. (Patients) might have nausea or headache or personality change.” Ivy said the symptoms of...

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McCain vows to return to Senate after brain cancer diagnosis; lauded as Arizona icon

Lauren Marshall Thursday, July 20, 2017 McCain vows to return to Senate after brain cancer diagnosis; lauded as Arizona icon PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain on Thursday vowed to be “be back soon” in Washington, even as former presidents and longtime Arizona residents sent messages of support after he was diagnosed with brain cancer . “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” McCain tweeted. I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by! — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017 McCain’s office, through his doctors at the Mayo Clinic, announced Wednesday the Republican senator has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. McCain rested at his Phoenix home with family as people across the Valley, including well wishers who dropped off flowers at his Phoenix office, discussed how the six-term senator is as deeply linked to Arizona as the Grand Canyon. “Honestly, he’s an icon,” resident Kaity Klonowski said, adding that he’s “always been a part of Arizona culture.” “Whether or not you agree with his political opinions, you have to respect that he is a great man who has done so much for our country,” Klonowski said. McCain, who has served in public office for more than three decades,...

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