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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

January 11, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

PHOENIX _ Arizona’s governor and state lawmakers gather for an annual lunch to discuss the legislative agenda for the coming year. Water and education are likely to be among the top issues. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

ICYMI: VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH

PHOENIX — A doctor examined an Arizona woman in a vegetative state nearly nine months before she gave birth but did not find that she was pregnant, and medical experts said Thursday that it’s possible she displayed no outward signs that workers who cared for her every day would have noticed either. By Terry Tang. SENT: 60 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PAYDAY: Rachael Weatherly is a senior adviser for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but she’s considering trying to get a job at a grocery store. Weatherly is among the 800,000 federal employees who aren’t getting paychecks for the first time Friday because of the lingering government shutdown. SENT: 830 words.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EMERGENCY DECLARATION — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-ARMED ROBBERY: Phoenix police say an armed robbery suspect was in extremely critical condition after being shot by officers who stopped a vehicle early Friday following a holdup at a restaurant in Avondale.

_ ARIZONA AG-REGENTS LAWSUIT: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has sued the state Board of Regents over Arizona State University real estate projects that he says are illegal.

_ COTTONWOOD-DRUG ARRESTS: Authorities say a couple is facing multiple drug and child abuse charges after large amounts of heroin and meth were found in their Cottonwood home.

_ PRISONERS-HEALTH CARE: Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan is appealing the appointment of expert to examine the method for determining whether the state is making the changes it promised to make to health care in state prisons when it settled a lawsuit over inmate care.

_ REGULATING MIDWIVES: An Arizona appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s ruling against a challenge to the state’s regulation of midwives.

SPORTS:

BKW-T25-STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. _ TEMPE, Ariz. _ No. 6 Stanford tries for its eighth straight win when the Cardinal play at No. 19 Arizona State. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.

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