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Phoenix saw 9.7% inflation in 2021, outstripping national rate of 7%

WASHINGTON – Consumer prices rose by an average of 7% in U.S. cities last year, the steepest rise in decades, and they grew even faster in the Phoenix metro area, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Free Wi-Fi headed to Phoenix school districts to help end digital divide

PHOENIX – A project called the Digital Education Connection Canopy will provide free Wi-Fi to some Phoenix schools. The technology behind it could be the blueprint for a permanent solution to the digital divide.


Vaccine hesitancy, new variants kept COVID-19 infections from falling

WASHINGTON – Almost two years after the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Arizona, new infections in the state have reached a "bizarre plateau," rising from summertime lows in the hundreds to more than 3,000 new cases a day through the fall.


Asians, other minorities fear attacks because of race, survey finds

PHOENIX – An NPR report found that one in four Asian households in the U.S. fear physical and verbal attacks because of their race. Studies show mental health issues related to economic inequalities increased across the country during the surge in COVID-19 cases tied to the delta variant.


Nearly two years into the pandemic, theaters and performers adapting to the ‘new normal’

PHOENIX – Many theaters in metro Phoenix are putting on indoor performances for the first time since the pandemic started in March 2020. Despite challenges, the pandemic has allowed for a more mindful approach to planning and staging productions.


‘We cannot get complacent’: Ex-surgeon general recommends vigilance in the face of omicron variant

PHOENIX - Former surgeon general and Department of Health Services adviser Dr. Richard Carmona provides updates on the state of COVID in Arizona, and recommends a continuation of policy in the face of the omicron variant.


It’s beginning to look a lot like a post-COVID Christmas for retailers

WASHINGTON - In the second holiday season of the pandemic era, goods may cost more, but Americans have more money to spend - and they appear to be eager to spend it, and that's true in Arizona, where retailers say holiday shopping is already in full swing.


Health experts: Holiday gatherings ‘should be fine’ – with precautions

WASHINGTON - Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease.


Brnovich amends vaccine mandate lawsuit to include Phoenix first responders

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has amended his suit against the Biden administration’s mandate that all federal employees and contractors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January and added Phoenix fire and police associations.


As COVID cases rise, officials push vaccinations and masks for the holidays

PHOENIX – Valleywise Health stresses the importance of vaccinations to combat COVID-19 and flu as cases rise and the holidays draw near.


White House orders workplace vaccinations, state officials vow fight

WASHINGTON - Just hours after the Biden administration issued regulations Thursday to require that businesses mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers, Arizona officials were vowing to fight what one called a "direct attack" on personal liberty.


Pediatricians accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids 5 to 11 in advance of FDA, CDC approval

PHOENIX – With the expected approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11, pediatricians in metro Phoenix are taking advance appointments for early November to administer the vaccine.