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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

February 26, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to Colorado River water is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best opportunities to tackle a long-standing environmental and human health hazard. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are laying the groundwork to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border. By Colleen Long. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER _ A gold mining company said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is mishandling a Superfund cleanup of old mines in southwestern Colorado and suggested the EPA should be removed as the lead agency. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

HOMES-SOUTHWEST STYLE

A desert storm is brewing in the design world. Renewed interest in earthy color palettes, rich textures, tribal patterns and rustic elements has sparked a revival of Southwestern decorating style, long associated with homes in New Mexico and Arizona. The look is interesting and exciting but also warm and casual, designers say. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. SENT: 590 words, photos.

AP APPOINTMENT-WEST NEWS DIRECTOR

NEW YORK — Peter Prengaman, an award-winning multiformat global news manager, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’ West Region. As West News Director based in Phoenix, Prengaman will oversee a team of text, photo and video journalists responsible for general news, politics and enterprise in 13 western states. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Noreen Gillespie, deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

IN BRIEF:

_ GRAND CANYON CENTENNIAL: The Grand Canyon is celebrating its 100th birthday as a national park.

_ FENTANYL SEIZURE: Court records show a federal grand jury has indicted a Mexican truck driver in the biggest fentanyl bust ever made in the United States.

_ ILLEGAL POKER ROOM-PLEAS: Arizona prosecutors say four men accused of running an illegal poker room in Sierra Vista have pleaded guilty.

_ YUMA POLICE CHIEF SEARCH: The Grand Canyon is celebrating its 100th birthday as a national park.

SPORTS:

HKN--PANTHERS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The surging Arizona Coyotes look to move closer to moving into a playoff spot against the Carolina Panthers. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. — Wofford coach Mike Young knew his team had returning talent good enough to contend for a Southern Conference championship. Yet the 24th-ranked Terriers are flirting with accomplishing even more. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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