Category: Cronkite News

Bill protects good Samaritans who break into hot cars to save children, pets

Lexi Hart Friday, March 24, 2017 Bill protects good Samaritans who break into hot cars to save children, pets PHOENIX – A bill proposed to allow good Samaritans to intervene when children or animals are left in hot cars is waiting on a vote in the Arizona House of Representatives. Senate bill 1001 was designed to protect Good Samaritans who break into cars to save a child or pet if they have “a good faith belief” they are in danger. Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, proposed SB 1001 after he was approached by the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona, an organization that includes the Arizona Humane Society. “The bill would absolve from civil liability for the damages caused anybody who breaks into a locked car to rescue a child or a pet that’s in danger of death or an injury because of the heat,” Kavanagh said. “Every year, local police and our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ respond to dozens of calls of children and pets left in hot cars,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, CEO of the Arizona Humane Society, in a statement. In just ten minutes the temperature inside of a closed car can rise 20 degrees, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association . The current law protects law enforcement and animal control officers from liability if they enter a vehicle to save a child or pet, but...

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TGen concussion study of ASU football players may lead to better diagnosis, treatment

Alyssa Hesketh Friday, March 24, 2017 TGen concussion study of ASU football players may lead to better diagnosis, treatment PHOENIX – A three-year study of the Arizona State University football team will help researchers develop tools to better diagnose and prevent sports-related concussions and other injuries or diseases. The study, conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, drew data from sensors placed inside players’ helmets during practices and games from 2013 to 2016. It combined the sensor data with blood, urine, and saliva samples from each player to examine the changes in an athlete’s body that can occur from multiple head impacts. The study data has been published in an open-access journal to help other researchers develop tests to detect concussions off the playing field, including battlefield explosions and car accidents. See related coverage: Programs stress importance of reporting consussions by high school players Helmet improvement not perfect solution to problem of concussions Arizona high school football participation rises, despite concussion worries “We want to develop some type of a test – that could be a rapidly-administered test – that would help understand if a player did receive a head impact or a concussion that may not be showing typical symptoms,” said Matt Huentelman, professor of neurogenomics at TGen. The helmet sensors detected the number, direction, and intensity of hits 55 players, ages 18 to 25, substained over three...

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Young leader in Arizona Democratic Party works to unite voters

Diego Mendoza-Moyers Thursday, March 23, 2017 Young leader in Arizona Democratic Party works to unite voters TEMPE — On a sweltering spring afternoon, the normally gridlocked roadways are lightly traversed on a weekend afternoon. Jevin Hodge sits in a local coffee shop, a stylish three-piece suit draped over his athletic build, a gold watch adorning his wrist. He orders coffee from the barista, effortlessly starting up a conversation with the woman as if the two had been lifelong friends. “I love people,” Hodge says with a slight grin. He speaks quickly in a soft voice full of purpose, passion, and charisma as he talks about his work in public service. “We’re here to be connectors, and providers, and lovers,” Hodge says. “And that’s our purpose in life.” At 23, Hodge said he’s the youngest African American elected official within the Democratic Party organization nationwide and the first African-American millennial to hold the position of vice chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party. His rise to political prominence in Arizona coincides with the Democratic Party winning key races in Maricopa County, even as Democrats lost control of the federal government.   Political analysts and democratic activists say Arizona Democrats could be on the pathway to success in the mid-term elections, despite the party losing ground nationwide last November. A new generation of political leaders such as Hodge is leading the way. He was...

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Arizona reflects split as GOP delays health care vote amid infighting

Arren Kimbel-Sannit Thursday, March 23, 2017 Arizona reflects split as GOP delays health care vote amid infighting WASHINGTON – On the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s signing, House Republican hopes to vote on an Obamacare replacement were dashed Thursday when leaders failed to quell an uprising by conservatives in their own party. House Speaker Paul Ryan canceled an expected vote on the American Health Care Act in the face of critics, led by members of the fiercely conservative Freedom Caucus, who said the GOP measure did not go far enough to deconstruct the ACA. Democrats, meanwhile, remained staunchly opposed to the bill, which they said would cost millions of Americans their health care. That left House leaders without the required number of votes to pass the bill Thursday. Those divisions were reflected in the Arizona delegation, where Republican hardliners like Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, and Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, said the bill “keeps the framework of Obamcare in place.” Democrats hailed the hitch in the bill’s progress. “I think it’s great,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix. “Hopefully this legislation is imperiled and goes away. It was a bill designed to give tax cuts to the rich, it was not to actually improve or replace Obamacare.” Republicans have tried to overturn Obamacare since its passage, and one of the first memoranda signed by President Donald Trump urged Congress to...

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March 23, 2017 Newscast

Thursday, March 23, 2017 March 23, 2017 Newscast Health vote delay, ‘sanctuary state’ bill and the Tuskegee Airmen Cronkite News reports on the postponed health reform vote, efforts to turn California into a “sanctuary state,” and honoring the Tuskegee Airmen at Luke Air Force...

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