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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

March 21, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP-MCCAIN

WASHINGTON _ Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain , even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 920 words, photos, video, audio.

With:

_ TRUMP-MCCAIN-FACT CHECK: President Donald Trump’s posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 730 words.

CHACO CANYON DRILLING

ACOMA PUEBLO, New Mexico _ Native American leaders are gathering Thursday to reaffirm support for a formal buffer around a national park that includes stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

ICYMI: US-MEXICO ASYLUM

SAN DIEGO — Scheduling glitches led an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration’s request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings Wednesday in the U.S. while being forced to wait in Mexico. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 790 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARIZONA UNEMPLOYMENT: Arizona’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.1 percent in February as the state’s economy added 30,200 jobs since January.

_ COOLIDGE DAM-RELEASES: Recent wet weather is allowing the San Carlos Irrigation Project to resume releases from the lake behind Coolidge Dam to provide water to farmers in central Pinal County.

_ LIGHT RAIL-WEST PHOENIX: The Phoenix City Council has voted to delay a planned light-rail line for west Phoenix.

SPORTS:

LPGA TOUR

PHOENIX _ Inbee Park opens her title defense in the Founders Cup, the event honoring the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour in 1950. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKC--NCAA WEST REGION PREVIEW

TULSA, Okla. _ Texas Tech faces Northern Kentucky and Buffalo battles Arizona State in West Region action on Friday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Story by 7 p.m. CDT.

BKN--PISTONS-SUNS

PHOENIX _ The Detroit Pistons visit the Phoenix Suns.

HKN--COYOTES-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. _ The Arizona Coyotes visit the Florida Panthers.

BBO--SPRING STANDOUTS

A look at some of the best performances from this week’s MLB spring training games, and how those players might impact their teams during the regular season. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. CT.

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