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As the holidays loom, three respiratory illnesses are hitting the state and public health officials say now is the very best time for Arizonans to get vaccinated in order to be best protected come time for family gatherings.  “There is no time better than now to get vaccinated,” Eugene Livar, Director of Public Health Preparedness […]

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Scottsdale police say two schools under lockdown because of reports of an armed person have been given the all clear and all students are safe. Cave Creek Unified School District officials say a Cactus Shadows High School student told a school resource officer Friday just before 8 a.m. that he saw someone with a handgun. The officer immediately put the campus on lockdown. A neighboring elementary school was also locked down. Scottsdale police officers searched for more than two hours. They did not find a suspicious person. The district is allowing parents to pick up students who want to go home. School counselors and psychologists will be made available.

Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Arizona election equipment was certified before it was used in the midterms. An Arizona county did not ‘lose’ nearly 300,000 votes in the midterm election. A photo does not show a Balenciaga designer wearing a devil-like outfit. U.K. 2021 census data doesn't show that three of the country's largest cities have all become “minority white.” And a photo of beer disguised as Pepsi was taken at a border checkpoint in Saudi Arabia in 2015, not at the current World Cup in Qatar.

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