Phoenix successfully clears its largest homeless encampment by deadline, shifts focus to long-term solutions

PHOENIX – Phoenix cleared its largest homeless encampment, The Zone, by Nov. 4, addressing the urgent need to relocate nearly 1,000 unhoused individuals. Now, the city focuses on implementing lasting solutions for its homeless population.

Officials from the city of Phoenix block off 12th Avenue between Jefferson and Madison streets on the morning of Oct. 20 to facilitate the clearing of a homeless encampment under a court order issued earlier this year. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Restoration: Tattoos removed from sex trafficking survivors

SCOTTSDALE – Over half of sex trafficking survivors have a branding mark on their skin that affects their mental health and impedes their self-healing and reintegration into society. A Scottsdale tattoo artist has established a network of volunteers in the U.S. to remove trauma’s marks.

Soul Survivors Ink founder Gina Jernukian removes a tattoo that was a branding mark from a survivor of human trafficking. The process includes brightening the skin in the inked area and camouflaging the mark. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

New Mexicans speak out against gun violence

ALBUQUERQUE – At the unveiling of a mural to prevent gun violence and after the renewal of a public health order on guns, conversations around how to stop gun violence continue in New Mexico.

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence unveiled a new mural outside San Pedro Library in Albuquerque on Nov. 4, 2023. When viewed through a phone camera, the mural comes to life and names appear thanks to augmented reality technology. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Supreme Court agrees to hear San Carlos Apache appeal on health care funding

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a claim by the San Carlos Apache tribe that the federal government is shortchanging it on funds it needs to operate tribal health services.

Surgeon General advocates for social connection at ASU

TEMPE – Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visits Arizona State University as part of his “We Are Made to Connect” tour, advising students to form meaningful connections with other people to combat loneliness in the United States.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Arizona State University's Tempe campus on Monday, Nov. 13 to talk about loneliness and the importance of staying connected. (Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News)

Parents of children with disabilities could soon be paid as caregivers following Arizona proposal

QUEEN CREEK – Special COVID-19 funds have been paying parents as caregivers for their children needing specialized care. An extension of that arrangement is set to expire but a new proposal would make pay for parent caregivers a permanent benefit in Arizona.

Brandi Coon, right, lifts her son, Tyson, to put him into a sling

Healthcare Rising Arizona collects signatures for abortion access petition at the Arizona State Fair

PHOENIX – Healthcare Rising Arizona is working to get 383,923 signatures for a ballot initiative that would amend the Arizona Constitution to establish abortion access as a fundamental right. The group set up a booth at the Arizona State Fair to talk to attendees and ask for support.

Jadie Grahn, 42, smiles at her 15-month- old son, Ace, after signing the petition to add abortion access to the Arizona’s 2024 general election ballot. After working as a labor and delivery nurse, Grahn signed the petition knowing the negative impact unintended pregnancies have on low-income people or people suffering from drug addiction. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Physicians can challenge genetic-abnormality abortion ban, court rules

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said a group of Arizona physicians can challenge the state's ban on abortions for genetic abnormalities, a law the doctors say could land them in jail because it is impermissibly vague.

woman holding "abortion equals healthcare" protest sign in crowd

Project C.U.R.E. donating millions in medical aid to civilians caught in Israel-Hamas conflict

TEMPE – Project C.U.R.E. has gathered donated medical supplies to provide medical relief to civilians caught in the Israel-Hamas War. They’re waiting for a plane to take the supplies and are hoping the Egypt-Gaza border stays open so the aid can get into Gaza.

Pallets of medical supplies sit inside the Project C.U.R.E. distribution center in Tempe on Fri. Oct. 20, waiting to be sent to the Middle East to help civilians amid the Israel-Hamas war. (Photo by Angelina Steel/Cronkite News)

CN2Go: Phoenix Catholic church expands its mental health ministry

U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko announces that she is not running for re-election. Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix help those struggling with mental health. Some veteran organizations have been left in limbo over a criminal case relating to bingo games.

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The Diocese of Phoenix supports mental health through ministry

PHOENIX – At the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, the Office of Mental Health Ministry advocates for and supports the mental health of its parishioners.

Bishop John Dolan stands before the congregation at the Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral on N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix on Sept. 10, 2023 during the Mass of Remembrance for People Who Died by Suicide. (Photo by Deanna Pistono/Cronkite News)

Contraceptives will be available at pharmacies without a prescription, increasing accessibility for Arizona women

PHOENIX – Arizonans will no longer need a prescription to access birth control through a pharmacy, making it more accessible to those who live far from medical facilities, but it won’t be as easy as getting over-the-counter products.

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