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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

May 17, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ARIZONA IN THE CROSSHAIRS

PHOENIX — For a decade, Democrats have said they were close to turning Arizona blue. They insisted that the state’s growing Latino electorate would change its political orientation, that its residents weren’t as conservative as its elected officials. And they lost every single statewide election since 2008. But this year could be different. Democrats hope that a primary between three Republicans helps them get a shot at an open U.S. Senate seat. By Nicholas Riccardi and Bob Christie. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 1,050 words.

TEACHER PROTESTS-MIDTERMS

PHOENIX — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia quickly turned their attention to a new fight: the midterm elections. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

NAVAJO PRESIDENTIAL RACE

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The filing period opens Thursday for Navajos seeking to become president on the country’s largest American Indian reservation. The race typically draws more than a dozen contenders. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 500 words.

TRUMP-MCCAIN

WASHINGTON — The verbal shot that a presidential aide at a private West Wing meeting took at a gravely ill Sen. John McCain, drawing widespread criticism from Capitol Hill, hasn’t led to soul-searching at the White House but rather a full-court press to find the leaker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon MST.

MORMON CHURCH-NAACP

SALT LAKE CITY — Top Mormon leaders and national leaders from the NAACP will make a joint statement, but take no questions, on Thursday in Salt Lake City as part of the organization’s visit to Utah that comes two weeks before the church hosts a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion’s lay priesthood. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version after morning event, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — While railing against California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, President Donald Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals” — drawing a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders for the harsh rhetoric. Trump’s remark at meeting with local leaders was in response to a complaint about gang members. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

ALSO:

— RAIL CROSSING CLOSURE: City officials have agreed to make critical safety upgrades to a Phoenix railroad crossing that could be otherwise shut down this weekend.

— JODI ARIAS APPEAL: The Arizona Court of Appeals has given Jodi Arias’s lawyers more time to file the appeal of her murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend.

— TUCSON-AMAZON WAREHOUSE: Retail giant Amazon will open a warehouse in Tucson that will bring more than 1,500 jobs to the city.

— JUVENILE-LIFE SENTENCE: A federal appeals court decision upholds the life prison term imposed during the resentencing of a man convicted of murder for a 1994 killing by members of a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

— LIGHT RAIL STABBING:— Phoenix police say an intoxicated 30-year-old man has wounds that aren’t life-threatening after being stabbed multiple times by a man described as a stranger at a light rail station.

SPORTS:

HKN--BUILDING THE KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS — Bill Foley bought much more than just an NHL team when he paid a whopping $500 million for an expansion franchise. The Vegas Golden Knights’ improbable success is all built on the incredibly favorable expansion draft terms given to their deep-pocketed owner. He has been rewarded with an incredible debut season from that uncommonly deep collection of talent. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m. PDT.

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