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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 30, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MCCAIN SERVICES

PHOENIX —The celebration of Sen. John McCain as a former prisoner of war and maverick politician enters a second day with a church service and a military salute before his casket departs his adopted state of Arizona for Washington on Thursday. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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— McCain-Services-The Latest.

— Trump-Shrinking Presidency: When most of Washington and much of the nation gather to mourn the death of Sen. John McCain later this week, President Donald Trump will not be there. His absence highlights Trump’s refusal to use the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency to lead. By Julie Pace. 900 words, photos, 2 p.m. MST.

— McCain-Palin: Sen. John McCain used his last words to warn against tribalism and hiding “behind walls rather than tearing them down.” His words are largely viewed as a repudiation of President Donald Trump, but McCain’s legacy as the anti-Trump is complicated by his role in elevating Sarah Palin to political stardom. McCain’s onetime running mate paved the political path for Trump. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

POLYGAMOUS TOWN ELECTIONS

SALT LAKE CITY — Three members of a polygamous group on the Arizona-Utah border who are incumbents on a town council survived a primary election this week where they were being challenged by non-members who represent a growing faction in the community. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS-STUDY

BOISE, Idaho — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes to battle flames are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. By Keith J. Ridler. UPCOMING: 700 words.

ALSO:

— WET MONSOON SEASON: National Weather Service meteorologists say Phoenix is about 22 percent above average for rainfall in this year’s monsoon season.

— CHILD PORN SENTENCING: A Tempe man has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on convictions of child pornography and abusive sexual contact.

SPORTS

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who return home riding a five-game winning streak to take on the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 7 p.m. MST.

FBN--BRONCOS-CARDINALS

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona rookie Josh Rosen is expected to watch from the sidelines by Denver backups Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch will be under some intense scrutiny when the Cardinals and Broncos meet in their preseason finale. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. MST.

FBN--NFC WEST PREVIEW

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams have gone from one of the NFL’s biggest surprises to one of the top Super Bowl favorites in just one year. The Rams are the favorite in the NFC West but could be challenged by a San Francisco 49ers team that was rejuvenated by the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo last season. Arizona and Seattle are trying to get back into contention. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 1 p.m. MST.

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