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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 18, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OBIT--WETTAW

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ John Wettaw, a former Northern Arizona University professor and ex-legislator regarded as a champion for funding for NAU and the entire state university system, has died. NAU President Rita Cheng called Wettaw an icon who “dedicated his life to the sciences” and changed the lives of students. UPCOMING: 130 words, then expanded version.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON _ The fight over $5 billion for President Donald Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border is deepening. And more than 800,000 government workers are preparing for the uncertainty ahead - a possible partial shutdown at midnight Friday. Discussions on Monday brought few signs of progress. And many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 890 words, photos.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL

LORDSBURG, N.M. _ Members of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus are scheduled to visit U.S. Border Patrol station linked to the death of a 7-year-old Guatemala migrant girl. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IMMIGRATION ZERO TOLERANCE

SAN DIEGO _ Federal judges in California are putting the brakes on some of the administration’s efforts to curb immigration. Their decision in September to no longer accept pleas at initial appearances led to the dismissal of many cases. That’s because the government deported defendants before they could return to court. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 980 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN

TIJUANA, Mexico — Several asylum seekers, joined by two members of the U.S. Congress, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints. By Moises Castillo. SENT: 520 words.

WEDDING CAKE CASE-COLORADO

DENVER _ Attorneys for a Colorado baker who was sanctioned for refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition argue their case in federal court. The Masterpiece Cakeshop baker prevailed in an earlier case over a same-sex wedding cake. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-PHOENIX: Phoenix police say an officer fatally shot a man who assaulted a woman while she was driving and then pointed a gun at passing traffic and himself.

_ ATV ACCIDENT-VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER KILLED: Authorities say a volunteer firefighter in north-central Arizona has died in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle.

_ ROOMMATE KILLED-MUSIC SQUABBLE: Police in Mesa say a man is in custody for allegedly killing his roommate over their choice of music.

_ TRIBAL OFFICER ASSAULTED-SENTENCING: A Tonalea man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a Navajo Nation police officer.

SPORTS:

HKN--ISLANDERS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The New York Islanders make their lone visit to the desert to face the struggling Arizona Coyotes. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.

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