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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 28, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PRIMARIES RDP

PHOENIX — Shadowed by the death of six-term Sen. John McCain, Arizona voters are nominating candidates to replace his seat-mate in a primary contest that lays bare the fissures in a Republican Party dramatically remade by President Donald Trump. By Julie Pace and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

WITH:

— ARIZONA PRIMARY-VOTING. SENT: 130 words.

— PRIMARIES-THINGS TO WATCH: Primary elections in three states offer another test of President Donald Trump’s imprint on the Republican Party. But the races, especially in Arizona, will take on special meaning following the death of Sen. John McCain. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 970 words, photos.

ARIZONA PRIMARY-GOVERNOR

PHOENIX — The incumbent Republican governor and a Democratic Hispanic education professor appear likely to win their parties’ respective nods on the eve of primary elections for Arizona’s top office. Both Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic front runner David Garcia earlier announced suspension of campaign gatherings later in the week when events are planned to honor Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, then updates.

ARIZONA PRIMARY-SENATE

PHOENIX — Arizona’s Republicans on Tuesday will decide a three-way battle over which candidate to nominate to replace the state’s junior U.S. Senator, who is retiring because he has no political future after criticizing President Trump. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version, photos.

ARIZONA PRIMARY-CONGRESS

PHOENIX — Two of Arizona’s nine congressional districts are up for grabs this year, with voters in Tuesday’s primary deciding who will be running in the general election. Seats held by Democratic. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally have no incumbent running, since Sinema and McSally are running for Senate. By Melissa Daniels. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, updates.

NAVAJO PRESIDENTIAL RACE

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Voters on the country’s largest American Indian reservation are headed to the polls to narrow a record field of 18 candidates for Navajo Nation president. More than 93,000 Navajos are registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary. The top two candidates move on to the November general election. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

MCCAIN-HUMOR

WASHINGTON — Here’s how John McCain made it clear he was happy to see you in the Senate hallways. “Haven’t seen you in a while. How was the Betty Ford clinic?” Or he’d growl, “Whaddya want?” Such rascally greetings produced smiles before the discussion or tough questions even had begun. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TRUMP-MCCAIN

WASHINGTON — Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure by tersely recognizing Sen. John McCain’s “service to our country” and re-lowering the White House flag. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

MCCAIN-SENATE BUILDING

WASHINGTON — A proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office building after Arizona Sen. John McCain appears to be gaining bipartisan support, but success is far from assured. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ICYMI: ARIZONA POLICE-USE OF FORCE

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Suburban Phoenix police officers shown on video beating an unarmed black man as he stood against a wall three months ago should not face criminal charges, outside police investigators said Monday about one of a series of recent incidents that drew criticism about the agency’s use of force. SENT: 620 words.

ALSO:

— SCHOOL THREAT-STUDENT ARRESTED: Police in Yuma say a student has been arrested for allegedly making a threat against his high school.

— EX-PIMA COUNTY SUPERVISOR-BRIDGE NAME: A wildlife crossing bridge near Oro Valley will be named for former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day.

— BALLOT COLLECTION-APPEAL: A Democratic activist has appealed a ruling that upheld a 2016 Arizona law banning groups from collecting early mail-in ballots from voters and delivering them.

— WALMART-BOMB THREAT: Authorities in the Phoenix suburb of El Mirage say they have arrested a 56-year-old Walmart Inc. employee on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat to the area store.

— FAA AIRPORT GRANTS: Five Arizona airports have been awarded more than $8 million infrastructure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

— FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT SERVICE: The Flagstaff airport will offer non-stop service to Denver, starting next year.

SPORTS

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner tries to win back-to-back starts for only the second time this season when he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with Clay Buchholz. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7:15 p.m. PDT.

BKL--MERCURY-STORM

SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm look to take a 2-0 in their best-of-five WNBA semifinal series against the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night. Seattle held on for a 91-87 win in Game 1. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 7 p.m. PDT.

BC-FBN--CARDINALS

The Arizona Cardinals have a fight for a roster spot at running back with D.J. Foster out for the season, and coach Steve Wilks is still trying to decide whether rookie quarterback Josh Rosen plays in the preseason finale Thursday night. UPCOMING: 500 words

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