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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

November 16, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TUCSON, Ariz.— Federal prosecutors on Friday will make their closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen, just months after the agent’s first trial ended in an acquittal on murder. The latest trial culminates six years after Lonnie Swartz fatally shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez multiple times across an international border fence in Arizona. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version. Developing from morning closing arguments.


TIJUANA, Mexico — Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants have reached the U.S. border in Mexico’s northwestern corner, with more coming in a steady trickle of buses. The influx has overwhelmed Tijuana’s privately run shelters and the city opened a gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 Thursday, with a potential to expand. Those planning to apply for asylum in the U.S. appear likely to be stuck on Mexico’s side of the border for months waiting to be processed. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 940 words, video, photos.


PARADISE, Calif. —The residents of Paradise, California, are struggling to make sense of what’s left after fire ripped through their town last week. Nearly 9,000 homes and hundreds of shops and other buildings are gone. The more than 170-year-old town of 27,000 people took just hours to go up in flames. Yet 67-year-old Tom Hurst isn’t giving up. Hurst says when talking about Paradise, “Don’t use the word ‘was,’ use the word ‘is,’ because we ain’t done, we’re just getting restarted.” By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.


— FREEWAY CRASH-CLOSURE: The state Department of Public says a fatal accident that has closed part of the eastbound U.S. 60 freeway in Mesa during the Friday morning commute also involves a hit-and-run that followed the initial wreck.

— FLU-ARIZONA: The number of reported laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in Arizona during the current flu season is well below the number at this point a year ago but significantly above the five-year average.

— URBAN HEAT GRANT: An economic development agency run by Maricopa County says it will issue a grant of nearly $3 million to Arizona State University for research to reduce urban heat and improve air quality.

— TAX FRAUD SENTENCING: A Tucson woman has been sentenced for filing false income tax returns to gain thousands of dollars in refunds.

— MESA POLICE-USE OF FORCE-CLAIM: Lawyers for a black man shown on video being beaten by five Mesa police officers as he stood against a wall have filed a $1.97 million notice of claim against the city.



TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State plays San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium.


BERKELEY, Calif. — Two men’s basketball games in the Bay Area have been called off because of poor air quality from wildfires in Northern California and the status of the Big Game between Stanford and California is in doubt. SENT: 230 words.


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