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Arizona in Brief: State sees rise in flu, pneumonia deaths as season continues

There have been 24,667 laboratory-confirmed flu cases reported in Arizona this season, covering all 15 counties. Infants and the elderly are most vulnerable. The Department of Health Services recommends that adults and children over six months receive a flu vaccination annually and as early in the season as possible. (Arizona Department of Health Services)

There have been 24,667 laboratory-confirmed flu cases reported in Arizona this season, covering all 15 counties. Infants and the elderly are most vulnerable. The Department of Health Services recommends that adults and children over six months receive a flu vaccination annually and as early in the season as possible. (Arizona Department of Health Services)

State sees rise in flu, pneumonia deaths as season continues

PHOENIX (AP) — State health officials say there have been at least 523 pneumonia and flu deaths in Arizona so far during the current flu season, over 200 more than at the same time last season.

The state Department of Health Service says many flu-related deaths are due to complications of flu infections, like pneumonia, so death certificates infrequently list influenza, itself, as the cause of death.

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A radiology technician looks at a chest X-ray of a child suffering from flu symptoms at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Ga., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Reported symptoms of the flu in the United States this year are as high as during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The department’s latest weekly report says two of the flu-associated deaths so far this flu season were of children. The report covers Feb. 11-17, which is flu season’s seventh week.

Avondale shooting incident causes lockdown at school

AVONDALE (AP) — Police in Avondale are searching for suspects who fired weapons in a restaurant parking lot, leading to a nearby high school to go into lockdown.

Avondale police spokesman Ray Emmett says officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a Dairy Queen on Friday afternoon.

According to Emmett, an altercation occurred between two vehicles with shots being fired from both cars. There were no injuries or property damage.

Emmett says the vehicles took off before police arrived. But investigators are talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance footage from local businesses.

The incident happened just after Westview High School ended classes for a day.

Arizona budget staff says surge in state revenue continues

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s state government continues to collect more revenue than expected when lawmakers drafted the current budget last spring.

The latest monthly report by the Legislature’s budget staff says revenue through January totaled nearly $250 million more than forecast and that the monthly gain is due mostly to the individual income tax.

The report says January revenue collections totaled nearly $1.1 billion. That’s about 16 percent above the corresponding level in the prior fiscal year and $105 million more than the forecast for this fiscal year covering late 2017 and early 2018.

The budget staff says there are several possible explanations for the revenue surge.