Illegal border crossings fall in July but remain high 

Migrants were stopped fewer times at the U.S. border with Mexico in July than in June, authorities said Monday, a second straight monthly decline. Flows were still unusually high, particularly among nationalities less affected by Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that denies migrants legal rights to seek asylum on grounds of preventing spread of Covid. …

Court battles rage over 3 voter initiatives 

Proponents of three voter initiatives who each turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures last month to qualify them for the November ballot are trying to beat back legal challenges that could prevent them from going before voters.

Tribal boarding schools much improved, but legacy of old schools remains 

Few dispute that Indian boarding schools led to more than a century of abuse, systematically seizing Indigenous land, separating children from their families, destroying communities and working to erase tribal languages, religions, cultures and economies in Arizona and elsewhere. While the abuses were in the past, the schools are not, entirely.

3D printing and foam: Arizona organizations make homes more sustainable 

Amid global climate change and a chronic shortage of affordable housing, local construction companies and nonprofits are taking innovative steps to make homes more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

80 years later, Navajo Code Talker marks group’s early days 

It’s been 80 years since the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marines, transmitting messages using a code based on their then-unwritten native language to confound Japanese military cryptologists during World War II — and Thomas H. Begay, one of the last living members of the group, still remembers the struggle.

Sinema took Wall Street money while killing tax on investors 

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democrat who single-handedly thwarted her party’s longtime goal of raising taxes on wealthy investors, received nearly $1 million over the past year from private equity professionals, hedge fund managers and venture capitalists whose taxes would have increased under the plan.

Arizona won’t wait for feds, starts filling border wall gaps 

Arizona began moving in shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall near the southern Arizona farming community of Yuma on Friday, with officials saying they were acting to stop migrants after repeated, unfulfilled promises from the Biden administration to block off the area.

Over $2B will help roads, bridges, bike lanes in Arizona, other states 

U.S. transportation officials announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects on Thursday, paving the way for new bridges, roads, bike lanes, railways and ports in scores of communities in Arizona and across the country.

Petition to seek limits on medical debt challenged 

Health advocacy group Healthcare Rising Arizona is pushing a citizens’ initiative to limit interest on medical debt, but they’re being challenged by Republicans who claim the petition collection violated state law.