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Phoenix area leads nation in largest inflation surge in more than 40 years

By: - April 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. cost of living surged 8.5% over the past 12 months, the fastest one-year increase in more than 40 years, driven by skyrocketing gas, food and housing prices, new government data shows. And consumers in the Phoenix area have been seeing even sharper increases – while March numbers are not yet available […]

Flu down for second year; reason may be as plain as the mask on your face

By: - March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Arizona flu cases are down sharply for the second year in a row, a decline that health experts are attributing to the health and safety precautions that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. By the first week in March, the Arizona Department of Health Services had reported 6,591 confirmed flu cases in the state, less than […]

Report says drought may be worst in 1,200 years, little relief in sight

By: - February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – The megadrought that’s gripped Arizona and the Southwest since 2000 is the driest in more than 1,200 years, and it is likely to continue for the near future, according to a new report. Those findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, are based on tree-ring records going back to the year […]

Despite huge funding lead in Senate race, Mark Kelly still faces a challenge

By: - February 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has raised more than $27.5 million for his reelection bid this fall, almost twice the total raised by a half-dozen Republican challengers, according to new campaign finance reports. But political analysts said Kelly’s “giant war chest” – the fourth-most among Senate campaigns nationwide in 2021 – does not guarantee a […]