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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 27, 2018

Good morning. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HOUDINI-GREAT NEPHEW

PHOENIX _ As a child, George Hardeen never thought too much about the fact that he was related to arguably the most famous magician and illusionist of all time. But now, the Arizona man’s journey visiting sites where his great-uncle Harry Houdini once performed is the focus of a new series premiering on the Science Channel next month. By Terry Tang. SEND: 620 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ There is no end in sight to the partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump has vowed to hold the line on his budget demand, telling reporters during his visit to Iraq Wednesday that he’ll do “whatever it takes” to get money for border security. The White House and congressional Democrats have been talking but to little effect. By Juliet Linderman and Darlene Superville. SENT: 800 words, video, photos.

ICYMI: IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will keep open through early 2019 a tent city in Texas that now holds more than 2,000 migrant teenagers, and also will increase the number of beds at another temporary detention center for children in Florida. By Garrance Burke and Anita Snow. SENT: 480 w0ords, photo.

SPORTS:

FBN--CARDINALS-FITZHERALD’S FINALE

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Larry Fitzgerald probably hasn’t been on a worse team than this year’s Arizona Cardinals. And when he takes the field in Seattle, it might be his last NFL game in his remarkable 15-year career. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. MST, photo.

HKN--COYOTES-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings go for their fourth straight win when they return from the holiday break to host the Arizona Coyotes. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7:30 p.m. PST.

ICYMI: CHEEZ-IT BOWL

PHOENIX — TCU swapped kickers after California called a timeout at the end of regulation — and missed. Faced with a similar decision in overtime, the Horned Frogs stuck with their original kicker. Jonathan Song delivered on his second-chance kick, ending a strange night in the desert. By John Marshall. SENT: 960 words, photos.

With:

CHEEZ-IT BOWL-HAWKINS: Jaylinn Hawkins wasn’t on the makeshift stage when his name was announced as the Cheez-It Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player. He’d already left the field with his Cal teammates after TCU’s 10-7 overtime win. SENT: 410 words.

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a wild card. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For weekend use: 1,700 words, photos.

FBN--FOX 25 YEARS

The manner in which football is televised today went in motion 25 years ago this month when Fox won rights to broadcast NFL games for $1.6 billion over four years. Besides its personalities the network has given us the scorebox, audio that brings viewers closer to the game, the one-hour pregame show, and a big production feel to sporting events. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 1,450 words.

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