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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 26, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 re

TOP STORIES:

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

PHOENIX _ The new Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature hope to use part of a $1.1 billion million state budget surplus to boost pay for corrections officers and state troopers. Incoming House Speaker Rusty Bowers and incoming Senate President Karen Fann both said pay raises for those state workers is a top priority when the Legislature opens its 2019 session next month. By Bob Christie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words.

CHILD DEATH-BORDER

HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,950 words, video, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ Wednesday is the first full business day of the partial government shutdown. So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Trump said the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-BUCKEYE: Buckeye police say a man is dead following an exchange of gunfire with officers who responded to a call about a fight between a woman and her boyfriend on Christmas Day.

_ AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER-AWARD: A Tucson air-traffic controller has been honored for helping an F-16 pilot avoid a crash with a private plane.

_ JAIL INMATE DEATH: Gila County authorities say an inmate is dead after being found unresponsive in his cell at the county jail in Globe.

SPORTS:

FBC--CHEEZ-IT BOWL

PHOENIX _ California and TCU play in what’s expected to be a defense-dominated Cheez-It Bowl. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. MST.

FBN--CARDINALS-SWEARINGER

TEMPE, Ariz. _ It didn’t take long for D.J. Swearinger to find a home after his abrupt departure from Washington. He’s back with his old team the Arizona Cardinals. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. MST, photos.

BKN--SUNS-MAGIC

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Orlando Magic.

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