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More than 40 candidates are running for Arizona’s nine seats in the U.S. House, as redistricting, retirement and a president with sinking approval ratings have made the races more attractive than usual to challengers, particularly GOP hopefuls, analysts say.

Arizona congressional challengers have been emboldened by an open seat, an unpopular president and a newly drawn district map – and they have the money to show for it, setting up what "could potentially be a very anti-incumbent election year." Read more»

Pat Rush holds 'Sunny' as she listens to memory care coordinator Taylor Johnson tune his guitar before a musical session with residents at Sunrise, a Pennsylvania retirement community where Rush was in the memory care wing.

Arizona is in the midst of a surge in Alzheimer’s patients that is rising at the fastest rate in the nation, but advocates say there are not enough resources to handle the cases the state has now, much less the extra number of patients that could be coming. Read more»

After his own struggles with homelessness, substance abuse and prison, Ray Perez founded Operation Restoring Veteran Hope to help other vets cope. He was part of a White House panel this week that talked about their reentry stories as part of Second Chance Month.

The founder of Operation Restoring Veteran Hope and others shared their stories as the Biden administration unveiled a number of job-training, housing, education and health care initiatives aimed at helping former inmates reenter society. Read more»

The San Pedro River, which flows north into Arizona from Mexico, is threatened by what the American Rivers report calls groundwater pumping.

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the San Pedro River in southern Arizona and the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot. Read more» 1

Rising prices for gas and other fuels played a large part in surging U.S. inflation, which rose at a 40-year high of 8.5% over the past 12 months. The rate is even higher in the Phoenix area, which faces some of the highest gas prices in the nation and rising housing rates as demand for housing outstrips supply.

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 consumers in the Phoenix area have been seeing even sharper increases. Read more»

Court papers show a screen grab of a New York Times video of the Jan. 6 attack that prosecutors say shows Micajah Joel Jackson, left, confronting police on the west front of the Capitol.

Arizona resident Micajah Joel Jackson was sentenced Thursday to 36 months of probation and will have to spend 90 days in a halfway house for his part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Read more»

Arizona welcomed close to 100,000 new residents from July 2020 to July 2021, with Maricopa County adding more people than any county in the nation.

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, and all but four counties – Apache, Coconino, Greenlee and La Paz – saw population increases last year. Read more»

Widespread COVID-19 masking – like that worn by Gigi Jeffery at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in August – is being credited with a sharp drop in flu cases this year and last. But flu infections in Arizona are rising from last year, which experts attribute to COVID-19 fatigue causing people to be less cautious.

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. Read more»

Police talk to a woman, in pink pants, who tried to paint 'murder' on the sidewalk in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24, 2020, the day after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russian immigrants and longtime Arizona residents react with sadness and embarrassment for Russia as weeks of Russian aggression and "political games" culminated in Thursday’s invasion of Ukraine. Read more»

Soybeans show the affect of a 2013 drought in Texas, near Navasota, in this USDA file photo. A new report says Arizona and the Southwest are locked in a 22-year megadrought that is as dry as any in the last 1,200 years, according tree-ring data.

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, and historic low water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell have triggered the state’s drought contingency plan. Read more»

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., pulled in more than $27.5 million in campaign contributions in 2021, the fourth-most among all Senate candidates in the nation. But analysts said the money is no guarantee of a win against a fairly well-funded group of GOP challengers in a tough year for Democrats.

Sen. Mark Kelly has a large lead in fundraising heading into the 2022 Arizona Senate race, but Republicans are still expected to have a chance in the election based on recent polls. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaking on the Senate floor Jan. 13, 2022, in defense of the filibuster, which requires all legislation to receive 60 votes to pass the 100-member body.

Arizona is not the only state where political parties are taking their elected officials to task, a change that analysts and former lawmakers attribute to the politically polarized times and now almost a rite of passage for some prominent politicians. Read more»

Former President Donald Trump, shown at a North Carolina event in 2020, is likely to face a friendly crowd Saturday when he returns to Arizona for a rally in Florence. Analysts say the event will draw GOP candidates looking for his support, but will also help Trump stay relevant with Arizona voters.

When he comes to Florence Saturday for his first rally of this election year, Trump returns as a former president with thousands of donors in the state, a firm hand on the party and GOP candidates clamoring for his backing. Read more» 1