How Sens. Sinema, Kelly shaped the Inflation Reduction Act; DOJ investigation into Phoenix police continues; Easy school lunches

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly among 23 Americans sanctioned by Russia in latest round of sanctions.
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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

From carried interest to drought funding and SALT talks, Arizona Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema had a major impact on the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act.

Phoenix has spent nearly $2 million for its role in the investigation so far, according to a June 30 update provided to the City Council.

Packing school lunches can be the hardest part of back-to-school month. Robin Miller is here to share easy, healthy meal ideas they'll actually eat.

Today, you can expect it a slight chance of thunderstorms, with a high near 101 degrees. Thunderstorm chances increase at night, with a low near 83 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at Port Chicago, California, refused to load a munitions ship following a cargo vessel explosion that killed 320 men, many of them Black. (Fifty of the sailors were convicted of mutiny, fined and imprisoned.)

  • In 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device (“Fat Man”) over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

  • In 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation’s 38th chief executive as President Richard Nixon’s resignation took effect.

  • In 2014, Michael Brown Jr., a Black 18-year-old, was shot to death by a police officer following an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri; Brown’s death led to sometimes-violent protests in Ferguson and other U.S. cities, spawning a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

  • In 2016, at the Rio Games, Michael Phelps earned the 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals of his career as he won the 200-meter butterfly and anchored the United States to victory in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Katie Ledecky earned her second gold in Rio by winning the 200-meter freestyle. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won gold for a second consecutive Olympics.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: How Sens. Sinema, Kelly shaped Inflation Reduction Act