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As more pregnant women use heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, more babies suffer the consequences

Claire Cleveland Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 As more pregnant women use heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, more babies suffer the consequences Nathan Lepp, a neonatologist who works with ill and premature infants, leans over a white crib to check a monitor that hangs above on the wall of the neonatal unit at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. The white crib is empty, but a tiny knit purple hat rests on the soft sheets along with a horseshoe shaped pillow. The bed has been prepped for a baby girl who will use it after she’s born. But her bed is not where newborns are usually monitored – this bed is for babies who cry inconsolably as they withdraw from illicit substances their mothers used while pregnant. “We see it on almost a daily basis,” Lepp said. “This is a burgeoning epidemic that really has just happened in the last five or eight years that those of us who take care of babies now really are dealing with everyday.” The number of women nationwide who reported using heroin jumped from 83,000 in 2013 to 109,000 in 2014 – with 4,000 to 5,000 of them admitting to using while pregnant, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Babies exposed to narcotics while their mothers are pregnant experience vomiting, diarrhea,...

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Report: Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

Charles McConnell Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 Report: Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation WASHINGTON – Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report. The report released Tuesday by the Institute for College Access and Success also said Arizona had a relatively low percentage of students graduating in debt: The 57 percent of state graduates carrying debt was tied for 14th-lowest in the nation. Earning a degree in debt The Institute for College Access and Success looked at student debt in states across the country for 2014, and compared that the levels of debt in 2004, Arizona fared well in both areas. Average debt for graduates in the class of 2014: 1. Utah: $18,921 2. New Mexico: $18,969 3. Nevada: $20,211 4. California: $21,382 5. Arizona: $22,609 Increase in average debt for graduates in 2004 vs. 2014: 1. Idaho: 17 percent 2. Louisiana: 21 percent 3. Iowa: 23 percent 4. Arizona: 25 percent 5. Florida: 32 percent Nationally, 69 percent of students had college debt, and the average bill was $28,950, according to the report which is part of the institute’s Project on Student Debt. The report, and experts who looked at it, said the numbers should be looked at with...

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Bat Week hopes to debunk negative rumors about bats

Elizabeth Blackburn Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 Bat Week hopes to debunk negative rumors about bats Government and private agencies are seeking to educate the public about bats and their vital role in Arizona’s ecosystem. Cronkite reporter Elizabeth Blackburn attended a conference in Washington D.C. to get the story. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Maricopa County program provides mortgage assistance to a new demographic

Julia Thatcher Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 Maricopa County program provides mortgage assistance to a new demographic The program will provide grants for first responders seeking mortgages. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cronkite News: Oct. 27, 2015

Staff Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 Cronkite News: Oct. 27, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on drug smuggling and goes in-depth on the issue of pregnancy and addiction..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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