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44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - AZ: Health

When you shop for groceries, do you know where to look in the store to find out about product recalls? A new report says most supermarkets do a poor job of sharing this information. (shock/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Most Americans aren't hearing about food recalls, which could have serious repercussions for public health, according to a new report. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the best place for people to find out about recalls is where they shop for groceries - but

A recent report finds that 2 millions Americans do not have access to running water and basic indoor plumbing. (ChepkoDanit/AdobeStock) <br /><br /><br />

APACHE COUNTY, Ariz. - A report finds that several regions across the United States, including the Navajo Nation, lack access to clean water in many of their homes. The study finds six areas that face a water crisis where running water or basic indoor plumbing is not available. The study, Closi

Cover Arizona is a nonprofit agency that provides free assistance across the state to people who want to compare health insurance options and enroll in a plan. (Charlie’s/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX — Enrollment is open for health insurance coverage in 2020 under the Affordable Care Act, and advocates say thousands of Arizonans could be missing out on low-cost coverage. The sign-up period for health plans began November 1 and runs through December 15. Just over 160,000 Arizonans

A new report shows the number of children without health insurance is increasing in Arizona and across the nation. (AdobeStock)

PHOENIX - After several years of trending downward, the number of children without health insurance in Arizona and the nation is on the rise again, according to a new report. The study, released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that the child uninsured rate

Sweltering temperatures and increased utility power rates in the Arizona summers often bring extremely high bills to electric customers, many of whom struggle to pay their bills. (TebNad/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX — A summer moratorium on electric service cut-offs for unpaid bills ends today, but there is concern that many Arizona utility customers still may not be able to pay those bills. After several deaths reportedly linked to power cut-offs during the state's sweltering summers, the Arizo

The Indian Health Service, operated by the federal government, is one of several sources of health coverage for Native American children. (Wikimedia Commons)<br /><br />

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - American Indian children in Arizona and across the United States are more likely to live in poverty, to die in infancy and to lack health coverage, according to a new report. The study, from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, recommended that federal he

Almost half the water taps tested in Arizona schools were found to have unsafe levels of lead. (Phase4Photography/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – A consumer advocacy group says Arizona school districts need to do more to protect students, after the state found unsafe levels of lead in almost half the water taps tested in schools. The most recent study based on data from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality cites da

The numbers of heat-related deaths have grown in Arizona in tandem with more summer temperature extremes in the past decade. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - The rising number of annual heat-related deaths in Arizona is approaching those from such disasters as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes in other states, according to public-health officials. With high temperatures between 110 and 115 degrees on many summer days, fatalities and serious i

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