U.S. inflation rose at fastest rate in 40 years, Valley grew even faster

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, and Phoenix-area consumers have seen even sharper increases in recent months, new data shows.


Maricopa County Fair returns after two-year pandemic hiatus

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Fair, which runs through Sunday at the Arizona Exposition and State Fairgrounds, features a carnival, food and craft vendors, livestock events, music and live entertainment.


Cyber experts were braced for Russian attacks before Biden’s warning

WASHINGTON - When President Joe Biden said businesses have a "patriotic obligation" to protect their networks from likely Russian cyberattacks, Arizona cybersecurity officials agreed with a nod - and a shrug. They were already on high alert and had seen an uptick in attacks.


Credit crunch: Complaints about credit reports jumped in 2021, feds say

WASHINGTON - Arizonans went from filing 6,600 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2020 to filing nearly 8,000 the next year, the most on record. And almost half of those were complaints about what consumers found on their credit reports, CFPB says.


Arizona jobless rate continues to decline, now lowest in 15 years

WASHINGTON – The Arizona unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% in February, well below pre-pandemic levels and the lowest it has been since 2007, according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Arizonans can move driver’s license to their phones – but not much more

WASHINGTON - Arizona drivers who take advantage of the first-in-the-nation virtual license with Apple Wallet will still need to have their current physical license when they buy a drink, get pulled over or any number of other uses, state officials said.


Maricopa County led nation in population growth; Pinal, Yavapai surged

WASHINGTON - Maricopa County added more new residents than any county in the nation last year, continuing a trend that local officials call a credit to the region's opportunities and affordability.


Lights, camera – action! Arizona film industry is growing after a decade of stagnation

MESA – After being left for dead in 2010, the Arizona film industry has grown the past few years, thanks to a network of indie filmmakers, the Phoenix Film Festival and the revived Arizona Film Office.


Valley restaurant owners expect boost from baseball’s Cactus League

PHOENIX – Valley restaurant owners breathed a sigh of relief when baseball owners and players settled their labor dispute in time for a shortened Cactus League spring training season.


High price of gasoline may drive commuters toward other methods of transportation

PHOENIX – Rising gas prices mean changes for commuting around the Valley and beyond. Uber and Lyft have added fuel surcharges, and public transportation ridership has risen, as it usually does when fuel prices go up.


A year later, city officials call American Rescue Plan aid a lifesaver

WASHINGTON - A year after passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, local officials say the COVID-19 relief measure that steered $103 billion to cities - and $1 billion to Arizona cities - gave them the funds to help businesses and towns rebound from the pandemic.


Renaissance festival returns, and with it, workers who depend on ‘the circuit’

GOLD CANYON – The Arizona Renaissance Festival stopped in 2020 and didn’t return in 2021 because of the pandemic, but it made its comeback this year. Crowds and workers were eager to return.