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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

December 15, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain unless specified otherwise.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

LONGER-RANGE ARTILLERY

YUMA, Ariz. _ The Army is testing new ways to enable its artillery to shoot many miles farther, a challenge considered a necessity as the U.S. military prepares for the possibility of large-scale conflict after many years of focusing on counter-insurgency warfare. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

ICYMI: TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump’s border wall. But you wouldn’t know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House’s next move. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 920 words.

MORMONS-SALT LAKE COUNTY

SALT LAKE CITY _ Fewer than half of the residents in Utah’s largest county, Salt Lake County, belong to the Mormon church, new figures show, the lowest percentage since 1930 and a significant milestone that illustrates how the state is gradually becoming more religiously diverse. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING-NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico attorney general’s office says a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping and other sex crimes will remain in custody pending trial on numerous charges.

_ MONEY LAUNDERING-SENTENCING: A Phoenix man who falsely claimed ownership of homes to leverage them as collateral for loans will serve eight months in jail.

_ DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED-FACILITY: Arizona officials plan to close five state-operated group homes on the campus of a state facility for developmentally disabled people and place the homes’ nearly 20 occupants in an intermediate care facility on the same campus.

SPORTS:

LAS VEGAS BOWL

LAS VEGAS _ Arizona State (7-5) wraps up its first season under Herm Edwards with a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl to face Fresno State (11-2). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. EST.

BKN--SUNS-WIZARDS TRADE

WASHINGTON _ The Washington Wizards have an agreement in principle to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, a person familiar with the deal said Saturday.. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 280 words, photos.

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-SUNS

PHOENIX _ Devin Booker might be back for the Phoenix Suns when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 0-3 so far on a four-game trip. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. MST.

BKC--BAYLOR-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Arizona puts its 52-game nonconference home winning streak on the line against Baylor. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 9 p.m. MST.

BKC--ARIZONA STATE-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Georgia looks for its first signature win under new coach Tom Crean when it hosts No. 20 Arizona State. The Bulldogs have yet to beat a major-college opponent., while the Sun Devils are coming off a close loss to Nevada. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-SAN JOSE STATE

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Northern Arizona plays San Jose State at Event Center Arena.

BKC--GRAND CANYON-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Grand Canyon plays Texas at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center.

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