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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX _ A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in southern Arizona has pleaded guilty to lying about his citizenship on a passport application. Marco Antonio De La Garza Campos acknowledged that though he claimed he was born in Texas, he was actually born in Mexico. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 400 words.


PHOENIX — Arizona state Rep. David Cook issued a public apology Thursday night for being arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI. “I learned a valuable lesson the hard way,” Cook wrote on his Facebook page. “No lunch, no dinner and some drinks with friends sounds harmless enough, but get behind the wheel and try to drive home and you’re taking a chance you just shouldn’t take.” SENTL 360 words.


WASHINGTON _ Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday a closure would drag on “for a very long time” and he tried to lay blame on congressional Democrats if there’s no deal over his demand for U.S.-Mexico border wall money. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 720 words, photos.

With SHUTDOWN GLANCE _ What happens in a partial government shutdown.


NEW YORK — Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s making good on promises to protect the nation’s borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the year’s most dominant issues. By Matt Sedensky and Julie Watson. SENT: 2,080 words, photos.


_ SNAKES-TRUMP LAWSUIT: A conservation group is suing the Trump administration over the protection of critical habitat for garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.

_ OBIT-FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JONES: Arizona Supreme Court officials say former chief justice Charles Edward Jones has died at age 85.



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The sputtering Arizona Cardinals might just be the antidote for what’s ailing the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams (11-3) are the NFL West champions again, and have the NFC’s second-best record behind New Orleans (12-2). But Los Angeles has lost two in a row, 15-6 at Chicago and, last week, 30-23 to Philadelphia. By Bob Baum. SENT: 840 words. Moved Thursday in advance for weekend use.


At least 20 college players are planning to skip bowl games this season and focus on preparations for the NFL draft. It is a growing trend in college football. The importance of non-playoff postseason changes from player to player and team to team. For many coaches, winning a bowl game has a specific value. Six coaches who have players sitting out their bowls this year also have nearly $400,000 in total bonuses at stake in those games. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 570 words, photos.


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