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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 17, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PANCHO VILLA-STATUE

TUCSON, Ariz. _ A statue of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa will remain in downtown Tucson despite an effort by a conservative watchdog group to remove it. Members of the Public Art and Community Design Committee last week unanimously rejected a removal request by Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch, the Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday. SENT: 320 words. AP Photo pursuing.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON _ Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. By Hope Yen. SENT: 660 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES-SUSPECT SHOT _ Maricopa County sheriff’s officials say deputies shot and killed an armed man in Mesa.

_BUILDING FIRE-BODY FOUND _ Authorities say Phoenix firefighters found a body inside a vacant building that was on fire.

_YUMA COUNTY-SOLAR_ Yuma County officials are considering a special use permit for a solar plant near Dateland.

SPORTS

FBN--CARDINALS-WILKS

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Another blowout loss has first-year coach Steve Wilks on even shakier ground. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m., EST. AP Photos.

BKN--SUNS-KNICKS

NEW YORK CITY _ The Phoenix Suns visit the New York Knicks.

BKC--T25-ARIZONA STATE-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Arizona State, which spent last week ranked 20th in the nation, visits the Vanderbilt Commodores on Monday night. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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