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Gas prices ended 2022 lower than they were a year earlier in the Valley, but not before spiking to a record-high $5.39 a gallon for Arizona in June. That spike helped drive up the Phoenix metro area’s overall inflation rate for the year.

After a year in which the Valley saw the nation’s highest inflation rate for metro areas, experts say consumers can expect inflation to ease in 2023 – but warn that it’s not going away entirely. Read more»

Officials say the hard work will continue for firefighters and rescue crews in rural fire districts across Arizona, without the money they had hoped to raise from Proposition 310, which voters narrowly rejected in November.

Arizona voters said no to a plan that would have added one-tenth of a penny to the state sales tax to benefit rural fire districts, but firefighters warn that the need – and the threat to public safety – have not gone away. Read more»

Buses line up outside Tempe High School in this 2021 file photo. Bus driver is just one of the positions that school administrators around the state say they have had trouble filling, along with teachers, nurses, custodians, secretaries and more, as school salaries often can’t compete with the private sector.

School staffers across Arizona may increasingly find themselves pressed to fill in on other jobs, as districts struggle to fill positions across the board and personnel officers say they have openings they cannot fill for everything from nurses to custodial employees and administrators. Read more»

Economists blame higher prices for fuel and labor, among other factors driving up prices.

Consumers will face “historically high” prices for their Thanksgiving meal ingredients this year, with experts urging them to plan ahead, look for deals and be ready to substitute traditional foods for something cheaper. Read more»

Signs reading 'Protect Oak Flat' can be seen near the entrance of Oak Flat campground by members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in this 2016 photo.

A federal court said Thursday that it will take another look at claims that the proposed Resolution Copper mine should be delayed because it sits on land sacred to the Apache and would violate their religious rights. Read more»

Tucson residents Rolande Baker, left, and her friend Carla Roberts outside U.S. District Court in Washington, where Baker appeared after her arrest Wednesday for disrupting a Supreme Court hearing with an abortion-rights protest.

Rolande Baker of Tucson was one of three arrested for disrupting a Supreme Court hearing Wednesday with a protest over abortion rights. The protest was peaceful but one longtime court reporter called it "surprising" nonetheless. Read more»

Shoppers walk past the Halloween candy display at Fry’s Food and Drug. Candy is just one of the things people can expect to pay more for this Halloween.

Rising prices for candy, costumes and pumpkins - coupled with a post-pandemic surge in interest in Halloween - will likely send holiday sales to a record-breaking $10.6 billion this year. Read more»

Fire districts across Arizona, mostly rural, say a lack of local funding has left them with staff and equipment shortages, which is why they are pushing for the extra sales tax in Proposition 310 that would benefit fire districts.

Prop. 310, a ballot question that would raise the Arizona state sales tax from 5.6% to 5.7% for the next 20 years with the new revenue distributed to the 144 fire districts in the state, would help fund vital emergency services but hit taxpayers that might not benefit from the services. Read more»

Planned Parenthood in Arizona, like other abortion providers in the state, is once again offering abortions after a court ruling last week restored a state law that allows them up to 15 weeks. It’s the latest twist in an on-again, off-again availability of abortion after a series of legal challenges since this summer.

Clinics across Arizona have largely resumed offering abortions after a court last week blocked a ruling that briefly outlawed the procedure, but providers said they are taking abortion’s future in the state day by day. Read more»

Abortion supporters and opponents at the Supreme Court in June, before the court overturned Roe and said abortion is a question states should decide. That has jumbled the law in Arizona, where lawmakers this year approved abortion up to 15 weeks and a superior court judge just revived a 1901 abortion ban – leaving county prosecutors unsure which law to enforce.

Whatever their position on abortion rights, the Arizona county attorneys who would be responsible for enforcing the state’s abortion law all acknowledge that they will do their best to follow it - except that they’re not all sure what the law currently is. Read more»

Abortion-rights advocates vowed to fight a Pima County Superior Court ruling that reinstated an Arizona law that criminalizes abortion in most cases. Activists in this file photo rally outside the Arizona Capitol in June, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade ruling.

Planned Parenthood Arizona said Monday it will appeal a Pima County judge’s ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state and effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona, while seeking an immediate stay of the Pima County Superior Court ruling. Read more»

After two years in which COVID-19 relief funds helped pay for free meals for all students, school districts find themselves this fall trying to deliver meals with less support and much-higher prices than before, due to inflation.

Officials in school districts across Arizona are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades - with even the rising cost of food storage putting the pinch on school districts. Read more»

Planned Parenthood this week resumed abortion services after putting them on hold in the confusion over the Supreme Court’s decision in June revoking the right to an abortion. It is one of at least four clinics in the state now offering abortions while courts untangle abortion law in Arizona.

Planned Parenthood Arizona began offering abortions again at its Tucson facility this week - two months after it suspended services - one of a handful of clinics in the state that have resumed abortion services even though Arizona law is unsettled after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Read more»

A protester in Washington makes her feelings known in June, after the Supreme Court revoked the right to an abortion. The ruling has left both sides of the debate in Arizona grappling over which of more than a century’s worth of laws should apply today.

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, it left Arizona officials, advocates and physicians with 120 years of conflicting abortion laws to untangle - two months later, things are still tangled. Read more»