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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. Murkowski, a Republican and Alaska's senior U.S. senator, spoke to reporters after delivering her annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Lisa Murkowski won’t vote to scrap Medicaid expansion if Alaska wants it

- The Washington Times

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will not vote to repeal Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid so long as state lawmakers in Alaska want to keep it, a bold stance that underscores the challenge before GOP leaders who want to dismantle the 2010 health law and phase out its vast expansion of government insurance for the poor.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Support for Obamacare repeal has dipped since Trump took office: Poll

- The Washington Times

The share of voters who want Congress to fully or partially scrap Obamacare has dipped noticeably since January, according to a poll released Wednesday that finds zeal for repeal is waning even as President Trump and congressional Republicans craft plans to gut and replace the law with market-oriented reforms.

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Arizona child-safety agency provides sleep boxes for infants

Associated Press

Parents involved with Arizona's child protection agency are being provided commercially produced boxes intended for use as portable beds to provide infants with safe places to sleep and avoid preventable-sleep-related deaths.

EXCHANGE: For founder of free clinic, a call to service

- Associated Press

Marcos Barajas keeps a small ship in a bottle model of the Mayflower on his desk. It's just a trinket, something he picked up on a tour of Plymouth. But there's something poetic about it sitting in his office, among papers, lab sample containers and even an old centrifuge. Much like the pilgrims, Barajas came to the United States looking for something more.