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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

December 16, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

STATE PARKS-PROJECTS

PHOENIX _ Plans to expand and improve Arizona’s state parks are under review as key projects face delays and cost increases that are drawing new scrutiny in the wake of the recent ouster of the agency’s director. By Paul Davenport. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

PRESCOTT-MUSEUM EXPANSION

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A Prescott museum known for its collection of photos and documents of Arizona history is getting an update. The Daily Courier in Prescott reports that the Sharlot Hall Museum will break ground next month on a planned expansion that will include a new education center. SENT: 340 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHUTTLE SERVICE-SABINO CANYON: A Tucson-based nonprofit has been awarded a permit to run shuttles at a popular recreation spot in southern Arizona.

_ PEDESTRIAN DEATH-PHOENIX: Authorities have identified a man who was struck and killed while riding a skateboard in Phoenix.

SPORTS:

FBN-CARDINALS-FALCONS

ATLANTA _ The Arizona Cardinals face the Atlanta Falcons in a match-up between two of the NFC’s worst teams. This is the home finale for the Falcons and certainly their best chance to get one more win. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST.

HKN-COYOTES-HURRICANES

WASHINGTON _ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip by facing the Washington Wizards in the second half of a back-to-back set on Sunday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts at 6 p.m. EST.

FBC--T25-AP COACH OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Finalists for the AP college football coach of the year are revealed. The winner will be announced Monday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 200 words, with photos.

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