More than just a number

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Odds are, you’ve heard the figure by now: 6.8%. That’s what the consumer price index clocked for year-over-year inflation today. Those rising prices, especially for essentials like food and housing, are squeezing folks on low or fixed incomes. Though the federal government uses the CPI to adjust things like food aid and Social Security, economists are increasingly concerned that additional changes may be needed so benefits can keep up with inflation. But first, the Weekly Wrap, followed by a look at FEMA’s climate resilience plans and a dive into how a classic ballet performance is becoming more inclusive.

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