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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

May 4, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ An experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line has boosted the number of aquatic insects that fish in the Colorado River eat. Scientists are hoping to improve on those results with a second bug flow experiment this month that will run through August. They found that releasing low, steady flows of water from Glen Canyon Dam over the weekends gives bug eggs a better chance of surviving. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 630 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A new documentary examines the diverse wildlife and landscape of the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border amid the political pressure to erect a border wall. “The River and The Wall” released Friday at select theaters follows five people who take a 60-day journey along the Rio Grande from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas. The film highlights the fragile ecological makeups that exist in the borderlands in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 570 words, photos.


EL PASO, Texas — Artwork created by teenage immigrants who were held in a now-dismantled tent city in West Texas portrays their longing for freedom and comforting places, a curator said. SENT: 390 words.


_ BOY SCOUT-HIKING DEATH: family of a 16-year-old Boy Scout who collapsed and died while on a troop hiking trip in the southern Arizona desert says he loved scouting and that he and fellow scouts and their leaders were experienced hikers “fully prepared” for their planned activities.

_ FLORENCE HOSPITAL: A Pinal County hospital that closed last June is expected to reopen and start serving patients in mid-June.

_ CHILD RAPE CONVICTION: Authorities say a 41-year-old Arizona man has been convicted by a federal jury of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

_ AIR QUALITY-METRO PHOENIX: State environmental regulators have issued a health watch for metro Phoenix as pollution levels are anticipated to exceed the federal health standard.

_ EARLY GRADUATE-ONWARD: A 15-year-old Casa Grande girl is ready to move on, first to college starting in August and then going to a medical school where she already has secured entry.

_ BOOMING BORDER TOWN: State officials say Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking a $20 million project at its Santa Teresa Intermodal Terminal and Refueling Station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

_ NEW MEXICO PLAYER KILLED _ A 23-year-old baseball player who transferred to the University of New Mexico from an Arizona community college was fatally shot outside an Albuquerque club early Saturday.



DENVER _ Arizona plays Colorado at Coors Field. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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