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Arizona Spotlight for May 15th, 2015

Truckers compete in state driving championship; visit a class that teaches laughter yoga; Bob Boze Bell talks about Billy the Kid and tall tales from Arizona history; plus the music of Nive Neilsen.

Newly Approved Rattlesnake Anti-Venom Under UA Study

Drug is second OK'd by FDA for treatment; up to 200 Arizonans are bitten each year.

Sunset at Monument Valley, Arizona

Drug Cartels Target Indian Country and Vulnerable People

Addiction high among Native Americans, where unemployment can lead them to drug trade.

Health Officials Seek Higher Child Vaccination Rates

Number of optional exemptions still more than officials recommend for protection.

Homeless man reading near Santa Rita park.

Service Providers Work to End Homelessness in Tucson

Goal: End veterans' homelessness by end of this year, all homelessness by 2017.

Arizona's First "Fisher House" to be Built in Tucson

Home will benefit military service members, veterans and their families.

Community Program Aims to Slow Progression of Dementia

'Elder Care' helps people with memory loss stay physically and mentally active.

Video conferencing makes access to specialty care easier in rural areas.

Technology Improves Medical Access in Doctor Shortage

Telemedicine is helping patients see specialists they might not otherwise have access to.

A still image from the documentary Last Days in Vietnam.

Vietnam War's Agent Orange Legacy Exceeds 40 Years

Dioxin-based chemical still a health threat four decades after war's end.

Tucson VA to Reduce Hospital's Smoking Areas

Officials say move helps veterans who are quitting, matches other health-care facilities.

A new emergency communication network in Pima County is intended to help connect emergency responders who work in disparate public safety agencies.

UA Research: Twitter Helps Predict Emergency Room Visits

Study matched information from 'tweets,' air sensors and medical records

Part 2: Domestic Violence Issue 'Huge,' Head of Shelter Says

1 in 4 women will be victims; 12,000 calls annually in Pima County, yet incidents are under-reported.

Part 1: Pima Sheriff's Domestic Violence Plan a National Model

Sergeant says agency goes beyond standard for response to separate perpetrators, victims.

Research: Immigrants Seek Health Care Less Than Most

Data contradicts narrative that undocumented people burden to system.

Navajo Nation 'Junk Food' Tax Clashes with Economics

Half of population living in poverty; for them, snack foods are cheaper than fresh, healthy products.

Mary Derrick was reunited with her sons after graduating from Family Drug Court.

How Family Drug Court Led One Parent to Get Her Kids Back

Graduate and recovery specialist, both recovering addicts, describe how program benefited them.

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