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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

October 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA-KAVANAUGH

Arizona’s Senate race features two female candidates on a tightrope as they try to respond to sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Kyrsten Sinema is a careful politician running as a centrist in a Republican-leaning state, and Martha McSally is a onetime Trump critic turned fan. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as Arizonan Jeff Flak and other key Republican senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SEND: 880 words. UPCOMING: Updates from morning procedural vote, photos.

PHOENIX SERIAL KILLINGS

PHOENIX — A judge in a serial killing case against a former bus driver in Phoenix will hold a hearing Friday over whether to take the death penalty off the table as a punishment because authorities released video showing him in his jail cell to news organizations. By Anita Snow. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, then longer version. Developing from morning court hearing.

MIGRANT REMAINS-DNA

BOULDER, Colo. — Human rights and advocacy groups from Latin America and U.S. border states press for access to an FBI DNA database to help identify the remains of hundreds of migrants reported missing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The FBI has cited legal restrictions in limiting its cooperation. The appeals are being made at an Inter American Commission on Human Rights hearing in Boulder. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GRAND CANYON-BODY IDENTIFIED: A medical examiner’s office has confirmed a body recovered from the Grand Canyon is that of a missing California man.

— IMMIGRANT IN PIPE RESCUED: Border Patrol agents helped rescue a 36-year-old Mexican man who got stuck inside a culvert drainage pipe near Gila Bend.

— BORDER-METH SEIZURE: Authorities have detained a Mexican national for allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the U.S. U.S.

— WEAPONS ON CAMPUS-STUDENT ARREST: Police in Goodyear say a student at Estrella Foothills High School has been arrested for bringing a gun and knives to the campus.

— DRUG BUST-SENTENCING: An Arizona man who was accused of mailing more than 50 packages of meth from his state to New York has been found guilty.

SPORTS:

HKN--COYOYES-KELLER’S CONSISTENCY

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes forward had a strong start to his rookie season, followed by a lull. His goal for his second season: More consistency. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

FBC--CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA PREVIEW

The California Bears, coming off a disappointing home loss to Oregon, face the Arizona Wildcats in a matchup of teams looking for their first Pac-12 victory. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EDT.

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