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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

December 24, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SOUTHWEST-DEAD TREES

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Aerial surveys of national forests in Arizona and New Mexico show an uptick in acreage with dead trees, largely the victims of drought and bark beetles. Forest officials say the deaths of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer in drier areas are most troubling. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_MURDER-SUICIDE _ Authorities say a Phoenix man shot his wife to death and then killed himself.

_BORDER BALLOON-CHRISTMAS LIST _ An Arizona man played Santa for a girl across the border in Mexico after he found her balloon with her Christmas wish list attached.

_CAR CRASH-OUTAGE _ A utility expects to have power restored to hundreds of Phoenix customers after a car crashed into a pole.

_MARICOPA COUNTY-POLLUTION ADVISORY _ Arizona officials have issued another air pollution advisory for Maricopa County.

SPORTS

FBN--CARDINALS-WAIT

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Now, mostly, the Arizona Cardinals just wait. They’ll go through the weekly routine of preparing for the season finale in Seattle, but what happens after that, whether the coach will return, won’t be known for another week. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m., EST. AP Photos

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