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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

February 15, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



PHOENIX — A video released Thursday by authorities in metro Phoenix shows an avowed follower of the Islamic State throwing rocks at and wielding a knife toward a sheriff’s sergeant before the officer shot his attacker. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 390 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Scientists find that a NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year in space had his immune system go on high alert. They don’t know if it’s good or bad. Doctors got a detailed look at what happens to the human body in orbit by comparing astronaut Scott Kelly to his Earth-bound identical twin. Findings were released Friday at a science conference. By Lauran Neergaard and Seth Borenstein. SENT: 800 words.


WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump says he will use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought. He plans to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall. The move is drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. By Alan Frame, Catherine Lucey and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video, audio.


_ ICYMI: AP EXPLAINS-TRUMP-NATIONAL EMERGENCY _ Can President Donald Trump declare an emergency to build his wall? By Jill Colvin, Mark Sherman. SENT: 880 words, photos.

_ BORDER WALL-FUNDING SOURCES: If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems. By Lolita Baldor and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 690 words.


SAUSALITO, Calif. — Authorities warn that mudslides are still possible Friday even after a damaging storm moved through California, trapping people in floodwaters, triggering a debris flow that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. video.


_ CAR PASSENGER SHOT: Police: Fatal shooting occurred after man ‘took offense’

_ ARIZONA WEATHER: Flood watches and advisories remained in effect Friday morning across a broad swath of Arizona due to runoff from heavy rain in some areas.


_ PIMA COUNTY-JAIL DEATH: The Pima County Sheriff’s Department says a 53-year-old jail inmate died after being injured during an altercation with a corrections officer.

_ WEBSITE COMPANY-SCAM: An online business that offered fraudulent investment opportunities must pay more than $200,000 in restitution.

_ EX-CORRECTIONS OFFICER SENTENCED: A former corrections officer in Douglas has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in a child pornography case.

_ NAVAJO NATION-HOMICIDE-REWARD: The FBI is raising its reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a 2014 killing on the Navajo Nation.


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