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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 7, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRATION-ARIZONA

YUMA, Ariz. — A stretch of border in Arizona has become a popular crossing spot for immigrant families from Central America in recent months. The Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector has seen a more than 120 percent spike in the number of families and unaccompanied children caught at the border, surprising many in an area that had been largely quiet and calm for the past decade. By Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

WITH:

— IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM: The U.S. government is expected to release updated figures for asylum screenings and children’s asylum cases. The statistics could shed light on the impact of a ruling by Attorney General Jeff Sessions making it harder for immigrants arriving on the border to claim they’re fleeing persecution.

— BORDER WALL-LAWSUIT: A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday by the state of California and advocacy groups who contend the Trump administration overreached by waiving environmental reviews to speed construction of the president’s prized border wall with Mexico. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Update after morning court hearing.

ARIZONA SHERIFF-CIVIL RIGHTS

PHOENIX — Maricopa County plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling that holds county taxpayers liable for then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s actions in cracking down on immigrants during traffic stops. The U.S. Justice Department accused Arpaio’s officer of racially profiling Latinos in traffic patrols and other civil rights violations. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

FERAL HORSES-NAVAJO NATION

FARMINGTON, N.M. — The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land. SENT: 300 words.

NAVAJO ROBOTICS TEAM

SALT LAKE CITY — A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah are building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version, photo.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-STRATEGY

SAN FRANCISCO — Some 14,000 firefighters, including inmate volunteers, are battling 18 major blazes burning thousands of square miles throughout California with aircraft, assorted vehicles and picks and shovels. They take aim at the biggest wildfires in two ways and in much of the same way the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has for decades. They’ll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can. By Paul Elias. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

ALSO:

— AIR QUALITY-METRO PHOENIX: Environmental regulators have issued an ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix. The advisory was issued because the area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Tuesday.

— UNRESTRAINED BABY IN CAR — Authorities say a man is facing charges after marijuana and an unrestrained child were found in his car after a chase on a Phoenix freeway.

— MISSING WOMAN-SENTENCING: PHOENIX — An Aug. 21 sentencing hearing is scheduled for a Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of his girlfriend, whose body was found in Lake Pleasant.

— INTERSTATE ACCESS ROAD: PHOENIX — The final stretch of a Phoenix highway’s access road is open to traffic.

— ARIZONA MEDAL OF VALOR: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has created the Arizona Medal of Valor for heroic public safety officers and first responders.

— AUTO DEALER-NAVAJO NATION: Federal authorities say an Arizona-based auto dealer that operates in towns near the Navajo Nation falsified consumer information and deceived consumers through advertisements.

— NEVADA EXECUTION: Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution.

SPORTS

BBN--PHILLIES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX —After a 14-inning victory in the series opener, the Arizona Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke to the mound and the Philadelphia Phillies counter with Nick Pivetta. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:40 p.m. MST.

BBN--CARDINALS-RUNNING BACKS

GLENDALE, Ariz. — David Johnson is back to lead the Arizona Cardinals running game with a spirited battle among the backs behind him. By Jack Magruder. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. EDT.

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