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Bipartisan Vets Health Choice Bill Gets Senior Senators OK

Legislation would allow veterans to use private doctors, hospitals if experiencing long waits at VA.

Congressman Raúl Grijalva discussing his opinions and stance on SB 1070.

Grijalva Visits Tucson VA Hospital, Calls It One of Best

Congressman tours facility to find out what administrators there are doing correctly; says blame for PHX issues should also fall on Congress.

Randy Claxton, LCSW, behavioral health therapist at the Bridges Geropsychiatric Program at Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, discusses mental health challenges facing older adults, and a new program that offers struggling elders a helping hand.

More Alzheimer's Cases Expected Among Mexican Americans

As population of US grows and turns more Hispanic, number of people suffering from illness likely to grow, doctor says.

UPDATE: 18 Vets in Long Waiting List Dead, Interim Sec Says

Sloan Gibson explained he doesn't know deaths directly related to waits to see a doctor; also unsure they're among 40 reported a few weeks ago.

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UA Research Aims to Improve Concussion Diagnosis

Drive for study is to develop tools that can be more sensitive at catching low-grade injury; technology records brain activity along scalp.

AZ Sens Help Introduce Bill Addressing VA Issues

Veterans Choice Act would provide veterans with greater choice and flexibility in health care providers; increase transparency of Veterans Affairs.

AZ Week: Foster Parents, Child Advocates Demand Better System

Brewer signs 2 overhaul bills establishing department to replace CPS; years of crisis mode operation drove issue.

Shinseki Reveals VA Pre-Audit Results, Then Resigns

Audit shows schedulers were pressured to use bad practices to make waiting times for medical appointments seem more favorable; reported 40 vets in PHX died due to delays.

Study: Immigration at Young Age for Latinos May Increase Addiction

Previous research had showed immigrants tend to have lower rates of alcohol and drug problems than people born in U.S.

Tucson Domestic Violence Advocate Weighs in UCSB Shooting

Mass shooting near University of California in Santa Barbara has brought issue of violence against women back into national spotlight.

UPDATE: VA Inspector Identifies 1,700 Awaiting Medical Attention

He also said there was an average of 115 waiting days for a first appointment, 91 more than Phoenix hospital reported.

VA Allowing More Vets to Obtain Health Care at Private Hospitals

Seterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki announces changes Sat.; says facilities enhancing capacity to help patients get care sooner.

Health Officials Urge N. AZ Residents to Stay Inside

Anyone who smells or sees smoke from the fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon should temporarily suspend outdoor activity; Slide Fire is up to 4,800 acres now.

PHX VA Director Gets 'Performance' Bonus Revoked

Sharon Helman's nearly $9,400 bonus for 2013 was rescinded by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki; she was put on administrative leave May 1.

Obama Top Aide Headed to Phoenix to Look into VA Glitches

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors will meet Thursday with leadership at Phoenix VA Medical Center.

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ADOT Exploring Wrong-Way Accidents Prevention Methods

Third fatal head-on collision in the Phoenix area in a week killed two people early Sunday; five others have died in two previous wrong-way wrecks.

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