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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

July 14, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MESA, Ariz. — The Mesa Police Department is introducing Macy, a 16-week-old English Labrador, as the first dog in a new therapy program that is designed to provide emotional support to victims of physical and sexual abuse. UPCOMING: 130 words, then expanded version.


WASHINGTON — The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it only tells a small part of the story surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration policy. In reality, the government is working to harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so. The administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely, expand detention space and tighten asylum rules and apply more scrutiny to green card applications. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,360 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” as it targeted the 2016 presidential election. By Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 860 words, photos.


— PRESCOTT AIRPORT-IMPROVEMENTS: Up to $150,000 in improvements to the terminal at Prescott Municipal Airport are planned as the Arizona city eyes the possible replacement of the 70-year-old building.

— IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVES-SENTENCING: A Syrian man who was convicted four months ago in Arizona of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and other federal charges is set to be sentenced on Sept. 18.

— ATTORNEY SUSPENDED-DISABILITY SUITS: A lawyer accused of filing lawsuits against small businesses over unfounded allegations of violations of laws on disabilities has been suspended from practicing law while discipline proceedings against him are pending.

— KAIBAB FOREST-FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Fire restrictions are being lifted in the third ranger district of Kaibab National Forest in the part of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon.

PARENTS SLAIN-SON-DAUGHTER: Charges have been dismissed against an Arizona woman in the 2016 shooting deaths of her parents after her brother pleaded guilty to the West Texas killings.



ATLANTA — Zack Greinke, who was added to the NL All-Star team on Thursday, will look for his 10th win when the Diamondbacks face Sean Newcomb and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m. EDT.


— BBN--BRAVES-MAKAKIS-LONG WAIT: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has more than 2,000 career hits but had to wait until this summer to finally receive his first All-Star selection. It came with the added affirmation of leading NL outfielders in the voting and earned him applause both from the Braves, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and others who say the honor was overdue. By Charles Odum. SENT: 650 words.


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