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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 5, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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PHOENIX — Prolonging the uncertainty over who will fill the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat, the governor of Arizona on Tuesday announced the appointment of former Sen. Jon Kyl but said he has only committed to serve until the end of the year. Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2012 to spend more time with his family, is currently shepherding Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kyl’s appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 800 words, photos.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A former two-term Navajo president seeking to recapture the office was forced to pick another vice presidential candidate Tuesday after discovering his earlier choice wasn’t eligible because he isn’t registered to vote. Joe Shirley Jr., who left the presidency in 2011, announced the selection of high school principal Peter Deswood III as his running mate at a press conference Tuesday in the tribal capital of Window Rock. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 650 words.


PHOENIX — Two advocacy groups alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that police in Phoenix violated the free-speech rights of protesters outside a rally by President Donald Trump by firing tear gas as they were about to confront Trump supporters. The excessive force lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department says police didn’t try to remove a few problematic anti-Trump protesters and instead acted violently toward a large number of peaceful demonstrators. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 390 words.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump encountered bipartisan criticism on Tuesday for complaining that his own Justice Department’s indictments against two Republican congressmen were endangering the GOP’s midterm election prospects. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has repeatedly criticized Trump for his performance as president and is not seeking re-election this fall. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 690 words.


PHOENIX — Arizona’s attorney general is calling for legislation to lend more oversight to the state’s charter schools in response to a recent investigation by The Arizona Republic into financial dealings at a major online school. Mark Brnovich’s remarks came after the Republic previously reported that Primavera online charter school, which has a dropout rate 10 times higher than the state average, paid Chief Executive Damian Creamer an $8.8 million shareholder distribution. SENT: 390 words.


MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. — The bodies of a man and woman killed in a weekend collision of two recreational boats on the Colorado River were found Tuesday and the search continued for one other missing person, authorities said. The three were among more than a dozen people ejected from two boats in the crash Saturday night on the river along the California-Arizona border. SENT: 200 words.


SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who sued a former Mormon missionary leader claiming that he raped her in the 1980s went to his church in Arizona on Sunday and told his congregation that church leaders are covering for a “sexual predator.” McKenna Denson was ushered away from the podium at the Mormon church in Chandler, Arizona, shortly after she began talking during a monthly segment in Mormon services when church members are invited to share their testimony, shows a video posted online. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 590 words.


OLATHE, Kan. — A man testified Tuesday that he spent about eight hours cutting up his wife’s body after she died at a Missouri hotel because he was afraid authorities would take away his children. During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, 36-year-old Justin Rey testified that dismembered his wife’s body at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in October 2017. Investigators later found him and two small children with the remains at a Lenexa, Kansas, storage unit. He said he was taking the remains back to Arizona for burial. SENT: 440 words.


VALIER, Mont. — The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot and a bear unleashes a menacing growl. But they can’t stop. Not when a loved one is still missing. The disappearance last year of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring of the Blackfeet Nation is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. SENT IN ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M. EDT SEPT. 5: 3,129 words, with an abridged version of 900 words, photos and a video story by David Goldman. Text and photos moved in advance on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 3. The abridged version was sent on Aug. 31.

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—BC-US-Death and Disappearance-Reforming the System. The cases of missing and murdered Native women have renewed outcry over a criminal justice system that legal experts say still leaves Native American women vulnerable to crime and allows for their cases to languish. By Mary Hudetz. 1,100 words. Moved in advance on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 3.

—BC-US--Death and Disappearance-Laws: A glance of proposals, from Capitol Hill to state legislatures, aimed at addressing this issue. 632 words. Moved in advance on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 3.

—BC-US--Death and Disappearance-The Posters: Vignettes of five of the missing or murdered women around the country who are depicted in some of the many missing person posters featuring Native women. 1,000 words. Moved in advance on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 3.


— YUMA-FATAL SHOOTINGS: Authorities have released the names of three men found dead inside a Yuma home and say it’s now classified as a triple homicide case.

— MISSING MAN-BODY FOUND: Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say a 79-year-old Anthem man who was reported missing last week has been found dead in New River.

— BODY FOUND-BUCKEYE: Authorities are trying to identify a person whose body was found in bushes along State Route 85 in the Buckeye area.

— HOPI CHAIRMAN-ELIGIBILITY: A judge on the Hopi reservation has thrown out a challenge against the tribal chairman that alleged he wrongfully was seated because of a felony conviction.

— FATAL RV FIRE-GLENDALE: Authorities say a woman and four dogs died when a recreational vehicle parked outside a Glendale home caught fire.

— MOHAVE COUNTY-JAIL OPERATION: The office announced Saturday on Facebook that the jail was under a lockdown while staff conducted an “authorized special operation and that there was no disturbance or other activity representing a safety concern to the public.

— WRIGHT HOUSE-SALE: A Phoenix home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son and was spared from demolition is up for sale.



PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks, losers of four of five and now two games out of the NL West lead, send left-hander Robbie Ray to the mound to try to salvage a split with the last-place San Diego Padres in their two-game series. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MST.


TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State rolled in its first game under coach Herm Edwards, jumping on UTSA early in a rout. Now that the first game is over, the Sun Devils have to put that behind them and get ready for a tough game against Michigan State. By John Marshall. SENT: 630 words.


The Pac-12 has expanded an initiative to shorten football game times. Thirty games this season will have shorter halftimes and restructured commercial breaks, among other time-saving measures. That’s up from a test run of 15 nonconference games last season.

The idea is to cut the run-times on games that in recent years have routinely gone well past the three-hour mark. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 670 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals’ home field is changing its name to State Farm Stadium. The team announced Tuesday that it has reached an 18-year naming rights deal with the insurance giant. The facility has been known as University of Phoenix Stadium since it opened in 2006. SENT: 140 words.


SEATTLE — The Phoenix Mercury look to complete their comeback from an 0-2 deficit when they face the Seattle Storm in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday night. Phoenix star Diana Taurasi is 15-0 in elimination playoff games in her WNBA career. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. MST.


INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar will make its debut at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and return to Laguna Seca, California, as part of its 2019 schedule. The 17-race schedule released Tuesday drops the oval track in Phoenix and the road course in Sonoma, California. Both COTA and Laguna Seca are road courses. SENT: 350 words.


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