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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 23, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HIGHWAY PATROLS-BORDER REGION

PHOENIX — The creation of state task force three years ago included a promise from the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety that state highways in the border region would be patrolled around the clock. That hasn’t happened, frustrating border sheriffs and others who say DPS is being lax in its duties. the Arizona Republic reported. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SUSPECT SHOT-PHOENIX POLICE — Phoenix police shot an armed suspect while responding to a report of domestic violence at a home on the city’s northwest side.

— HIT AND RUN-PHOENIX FATALS — Police are looking for a hit-and-run suspect who was driving an SUV that struck and killed a woman and a 2-year-old child near downtown Phoenix.

— SHRINKING SNOWPACK-NEVADA STUDY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a $5 million grant to lead a study on changing snowpack with researchers in Arizona.

REFERS:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS — This year’s midterm campaigns for governor are in many ways proxy fights over support or opposition to the Trump administration. By David Eggert And Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,100 words, with AP Photos CER802, CER801, MIDTN501.

With:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS-GLANCE

UNDATED — Governor’s races are on the ballot this November in 36 states. The most competitive races are expected to be in states where Republicans now hold the job. Summaries of each race:

IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 350 words, with AP Photo CAET807.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CAUSES

UNDATED — California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month’s huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state. But causes for many of California’s worst blazes of the past decade remain a mystery. By Julie Watson. SENT: 980 words, with AP Photos CAJC401, CAJC402, CAJC403, CAJC404, CAJC405, CAJC406, CAJC407.

SPORTS:

FBN-BEARS-CARDINALS

PHOENIX, Nev. — The Arizona Cardinals host the Chicago Bears in NFL action. Kickoff 1:25 p.m.

BBN-ROCKIES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Colorado Rockies in major league baseball. 7:10 p.m.

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the AP poll undergoes a makeover in the back end. Five teams enter the rankings, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007. At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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