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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

April 6, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

POWER PLANT-BIOMASS

PHOENIX _ Arizona’s largest electricity utility plans to test whether a coal-fired plant can instead be fueled by wood chips from pine trees, a conversion that could keep part of the plant open and save jobs of some workers. Forest thinning that would produce the biomass for the Cholla Power Plant near Holbrook also would reduce the threat of destructive wildfires. One of the plant’s four units is already closed, and Arizona Public Service Co. otherwise plans to shut down both of its remaining units in 2025. That’s when California utility also plans to close the one unit it owns. 350 words.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO _ The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their parents at the border before a judge halted the practice last year. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught. Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that is taxing the immigration system, President Donald Trump is grasping for something — anything — to stem the tide. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

MORMON CONFERENCE

SALT LAKE CITY _ Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered spiritual guidance aimed at strengthening members’ faith amid a world of temptation and immorality during the opening session of a church conference Saturday in Utah. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 790 words. UPCOMING: Updates, photos developing from daylong conference.

IN BRIEF:

_ HIT-AND-RUN CAR-GIRL RESCUED: Phoenix police say a mother and her three young children were hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while crossing a street and that one child in a stroller was dragged under the car before witnesses stopped it and removed her.

_ MOSQUE-HATE VIDEO: A May 22 trial has been scheduled for a woman who faces disorderly conduct and other charges for her actions at a Tempe mosque where she made derogatory comments about Muslims.

_ MCSALLY-15 COUNTIES: Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally visited all of the state’s 15 counties while making a “listening tour” during her first 90 days in office.

SPORTS:

BBO--RED SOX-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX _ Boston plays Arizona at Chase Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

HKN--JETS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Winnipeg Jets visit the Arizona Coyotes.

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