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Jessica Boehm
Jun 24, 2022 - News

Metro Phoenix margaritas and ice cream spiking in price due to inflation

Data: Axios Research; Chart: Axios Visuals

Inflation has come for our carne asada and bruschetta, folks.

What's happening: To find out how inflation is impacting the Valley, we created our own local index pegged to familiar items around town, including Filiberto's burritos and Postino WineCafe's bruschetta boards.

Jessica Boehm
Jun 24, 2022 - News

Arizona will spend $60 million on new housing assistance programs

Illustration of a hand placing a quarter into a house chimney
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The state legislature committed an unprecedented $60 million to the Arizona Housing Trust Fund as part of this year's $15.8 billion budget, which passed Thursday.

  • The money will be used to develop affordable housing and support other housing and homelessness programs.

Escape the Phoenix heat with a road trip to Prescott

Animated gif of a thermometer in the shape of a cactus rising to 120+ degrees, and then back down.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

It's time for another Arizona road trip to escape the unrelenting Valley heat. This week, we're guiding you through Prescott, the former territorial capital of Arizona.

The big picture: Prescott, built around a quintessential small-town courthouse square, is known for the Western saloons of Whiskey Row.

Jeremy Duda
Jun 24, 2022 - Sports

U of A's Mathurin drafted sixth by Pacers, Terry 18th by Bulls

NBA commissioner shaking hands with a player during the draft.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver (left) and U of A's Bennedict Mathurin on draft night. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Arizona Wildcats star Bennedict Mathurin is bound for Indianapolis after the Pacers took him with the sixth pick in the NBA draft Thursday.

Between the lines: With his athleticism and jump shot, Mathurin could have a quick impact on a Pacers squad that's looking to bounce back from a down season in which they missed the playoffs after posting a 25-57 record.

Where to get COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 in metro Phoenix

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

About 400,000 Arizona children under 5 years old are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after the CDC gave the green light earlier this week.

By the numbers: Arizona health care providers have ordered about 41,000 vaccine doses for the newly eligible group through the state's health department.

Jeremy Duda
Jun 23, 2022 - Sports

NBA Draft: A trio of Arizona Wildcats are on the radar

Mock draft courtesy of Jeff Tracy/Axios.
Mock draft courtesy of Jeff Tracy/Axios.

The 2022 NBA Draft is Thursday at 5pm PT and as many as three players from Arizona schools could be on their way to the pros next season.

The big picture: Just about every mock draft in the country has Arizona Wildcats star Bennedict Mathurin as a top lottery pick. The Axios mock draft is no different, with the Detroit Pistons selecting the sophomore guard with the fifth pick.

Caesars Sportsbook and Guy Fieri restaurant open in Phoenix

A bar and barstools in front of a screen that says "Caesars Sportsbook" with the Diamondbacks logo and a screen that says "Guy Fieri's DTPHX Kitchen Bar"
Photo: Jessica Boehm/ Axios

Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field opened Tuesday, making it the largest one operating at a major sports stadium in the nation.

The details: The Sportsbook took over the former Game Seven Grill building in the plaza adjacent to Chase Field.

Arizona budget makes progress, but major hurdles remain

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A state House committee approved a proposed $15.6 billion state budget Tuesday with just 10 days left to avert a government shutdown.

  • But it got held up in the Senate amid Republican infighting over other legislation.