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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 6, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PRISONERS-HEALTH CARE

PHOENIX _ A judge presiding in a settlement over health care in Arizona’s prisons will hold a hearing Thursday after previously raising the possibility of throwing out the agreement over what she said was the state’s pervasive noncompliance with the deal. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Update after hearing beginning at 2 p.m. MST.

BALLOT HARVESTING

HELENA, Mont. _ A yet-to-be-decided congressional race in North Carolina has put the focus on an arcane political tool called “ballot harvesting.” In short, it refers to unions, interest groups or direct arms of political parties gathering late absentee and vote-by-mail ballots _ sometimes from hundreds of voters at a time _ and dropping them off at voting offices on Election Day. Supporters say it’s a way to ensure everyone’s vote will count. Detractors say it creates a wide open door to voter fraud. By Matt Volz. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. By Colleen Long. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With:

_ MIGRANT CARAVAN-BABY: A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants gave birth on U.S. soil shortly after entering the country illegally amid growing frustration about a bottleneck to claim asylum at official border crossings. SENT: 390 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-LIVING ON THE EDGE

CHICAO, Calif. _ Hundreds of people displaced by a deadly Northern California wildfire are still in a shelter nearly a month later after the fire struck. For some it’s a warm place to stay with close to loved ones, but many were homeless or nearly so before escaping with their lives and little else. The future is uncertain for all the fire’s victims, but it’s uniquely challenging for those who already were living on the edge. By Jonathan Cooper. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ VW SETTLEMENT-SCHOOL BUSES: More than 50 school districts across Arizona will buy new school buses using cash from a lawsuit settlement with automaker Volkswagen.

_ SHOOTING SUSPECT RESTRAINED: Surprise police say a local man is accused of fatally shooting another man at a sports bar and restaurant.

_ PRESCOTT VALLEY DEATH: Prescott Valley police are investigating after a man was found dead in his home.

_ ATTORNEY-BANKRUPTCY FRAUD: A Scottsdale attorney has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1.4 million in restitution in a bankruptcy fraud case.

_ HOSPITAL REOPENING: A new operator plans to reopen a south-central Arizona hospital that closed in June due to financial struggles.

SPORTS:

HKN--CAPITALS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals pay their lone visit to the Arizona Coyotes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--SUNS-TRAILBLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Portland TrailBlazers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKC--UTAH VALLEY-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Arizona looks to extend its nonconference home winning streak to 52 games against Utah Valley. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.

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