April 14, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week

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This week’s top Cronkite News stories include reporting on college students struggling finding enough to eat, a police department using virtual reality to train officers, new research about immigrant students and more.

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Making the grade, missing meals: Community college students go hungry

Reporter Dustin Quiroz wrote about the struggles community college students face outside of class, including finding enough to eat. Read more here

Poll: 41.8 percent of Arizona adults know someone with a prescription painkiller addiction

More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new Morrison-Cronkite News poll. Read more here

Doctors say repeal of Obamacare would stop Medicaid coverage for children with disabilities

Reporter Graham Bosch dove into this health topic this week. Click here for this great read.

Arizona history serves as key legal argument in states’ court brief supporting Trump travel ban

Reporter Emily Mahoney explains why Arizona v. United States is central to the arguments 13 states are making in support of President Trump’s travel ban. Click here to read more.

From the broadcast: Virtual reality training boosts police weapons training

The Tucson Police Department has implemented virtual reality training to help officers hone their decision-making skills. Watch the full video from reporter Veronica Acosta here.

Social Refresh: April 14, 2017

In this Friday edition of Cronkite News, we highlight some of our top-performing stories of the week. Check out the full post here.

In Focus – Podcast Storytelling from Cronkite News

In this episode of In Focus, we talk with Elizabeth Gullikson, a 30-year-old mother and resident of Yuma. Her four-year-old son, Gavin Cunningham, has autism. Elizabeth and her family try to acquire the best help for Gavin, but it can take some serious digging to excavate the right resources. Listen to the podcast here.

From the Cronkite PIN Bureau: Is immigration affecting education?

Cronkite News is working on a story about whether immigration policy could be affecting public schools and the teachers who work there. Share your insight here.