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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 19, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’s SHELTERS

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. Confidential data obtained by The Associated Press shows the federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention shelters and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,230 words, photos.

With:

_ IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS: The number of children being held in immigrant shelters has soared over the past few years, bringing with it a number of issues, especially in Arizona, where several workers in charge of caring for them have been charged with sexually-based crimes. UPCOMING: 750 words.

ARIZONA-CROSS BORDER NATURAL GAS DEAL

PHOENIX _ Arizona Doug Ducey on Wednesday meets with his counterparts from New Mexico and the Mexican state of Sonora to sign a memorandum of understanding on an economic development deal for the use of natural gas. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday headed toward a short-term budget measure to keep the government open after President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. But facing criticism from supporters, Trump continued to argue the wall would be built. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

BABY SHOT IN FACE

GALLUP, N.M. _ The teenage mother of an 8-month-old girl who police say was shot in the face at a New Mexico motel is scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing where prosecutors are expected to present more evidence in the case. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 13130 words. UPCOMING: Update, expanded version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL: Navajo Nation lawmakers are meeting in a special session with a lengthy agenda.

_ BANK ROBBER SOUGHT: The FBI is trying to identify and arrest a woman believed responsible for a string of Phoenix-area bank robberies over the past five months.

SPORTS:

BKC--SUNS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Phoenix Suns, the winners of three in a row, visit the Boston Celtics.

BKC--MONTANA-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Arizona looks to bounce back against Montana after seeing its 52-game nonconference home winning streak end on Saturday. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 6:30 p.m. MST.

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO _ Northern Arizona plays San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium.

BKC--GRAND CANYON-NOTHERN IOWA

CEDAR FALLS, Idaho _ Grand Canyon plays Northern Iowa at McLeod Center.

FBN--CARDINALS

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Mired at the bottom of the NFL standings with two weeks to go in the season, the Arizona Cardinals go back to work on the practice field. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m. EST, photos.

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