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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

August 25, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The polygamous family from TV’s “Sister Wives” recently moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, because they said they needed a new hometown after realizing Las Vegas was a great place to take “exile” after they fled Utah under the threat of prosecution, but not where they want to grow old. By Brady McCombs and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 750 words, photos.


PHOENIX — At least 30 African-Americans are running for local, state and federal office in Arizona this year. Some political observers say the milestone is a result of increased engagement and a new pipeline of leadership. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 960 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, says his family. It’s a likely indication that the war hero, presidential nominee and longtime lawmaker is nearing the end of his life. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 920 words, photos.


— MCCAIN-THE LATEST: Sen. John McCain’s wife is thanking people across the globe for their expressions of “love and support” in the wake of the McCain family’s announcement that the Arizona Republican has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

— MCCAIN-BRAIN CANCER: The head of a neurological hospital in Phoenix says Sen. John McCain is among many brain cancer patients who eventually decide to discontinue medical treatment.


When “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another surprising feat: It put Asians of a certain age in theater seats. Younger Asian-Americans have been flocking with their parents to see the first movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast. By Terry Tang. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version, photos.


Records reviewed by The Associated Press show the University of Arizona has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding over the past 16 years from a foundation infamous for promoting research linking race and intelligence. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


EL PASO, Texas — Federal authorities’ shift away from separating immigrant families caught in the U.S. illegally now means that many parents and children are quickly released, only to be fitted with electronic monitoring devices — a practice which both the government and advocacy groups oppose for different reasons. By Colleen Long, Frank Bajak and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,520 words, photos.


— TUCSON-WATER RESCUES: The Tucson Fire Department conducted two water rescues within 20 minutes Friday night, getting a total of four people to safety after two vehicles were driven into storm runoff water on the city’s south side.

— WATER USE-LAWSUIT APPEAL: The federal government and environmentalists are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to undo a decision they say could be detrimental to one of the Southwest’s only free-flowing rivers.

— BORDER SHOOTING: Attorneys for a Border Patrol agent want his retrial in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Mexican boy allegedly throwing rocks across the border held in Phoenix instead of Tucson because of extensive publicity about the case in particular and border issues in general.

— FLAGSTAFF-CHRISTMAS TREES: A national forest in northern Arizona says it will allow Christmas trees to be cut around Flagstaff for the first time in decades.

— MISSING WOMAN-SENTENCING: A Sept. 27 sentencing hearing is scheduled for a Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of his girlfriend, whose body was found in Lake Pleasant.

— TUCSON-ENGINEERING JOBS: An engineering firm based in India has plans to expand its business to southern Arizona. Executives with AXISCADES say they plan to create 320 jobs in Tucson over the next five years.

— FLAGSTAFF-THINNING PROJECT: The next phase of a forest thinning project on Flagstaff’s northwest side is expected to begin in the coming week and continue into late September.

— COURT CLERK-PARKING OFFENSES: A newspaper reports that a recently appointed Maricopa County court official missed seven court dates for parking-related offenses since 2005 and that most of the offenses were dismissed but that he still owes $819 to the city of Phoenix.



PHOENIX — Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray looks to bounce back from a shaky previous when the Diamondbacks face the Seattle Mariners and left-hander Wade LeBlanc. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 5:10 p.m. MST.


SEATTLE — Considering their long history together in the WNBA, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird have rarely clashed in the postseason. Eight total games across more than 14 seasons of both being in the league, seems a low number of times for two of the game’s great stars to meet in the postseason. By Tim Booth. SENT: 730 words.


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