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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

January 18, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX _ Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey reveals how he’d like to spend a roughly $1 billion surplus as he releases his proposed state budget on Friday. Ducey signaled in his state of the state speech on Monday that he’d like to use much of the windfall to save for a future economic downturn, including more than doubling the rainy day fund to $1 billion. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


PHOENIX _ A mobile food pantry will be handing out food to federal employees at a Phoenix medical center that serves Native Americans. By Terry Tang. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, video.


PHOENIX —Relatives of a 14-year-old burglary suspect who was carrying a replica handgun when he was shot to death by a police officer are mourning their loss as they plan his funeral. By Anita Snow. SENT: 130 words. Developing from 3 p.m. news conference.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _Members of federally recognized tribes in Arizona will be exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Friday. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


GRAND MARAIS, Minn. _ A company connected to a man who led a polygamous group’s South Dakota compound has purchased land in northern Minnesota.

Seth Jeffs is listed as the registered agent for a company that acquired about 40 acres near Grand Marais. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Expanded version.


_ VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH: Facility where comatose woman had baby reviewing abuse claim

_ DRUG BUST: Pima County authorities say a traffic stop has led to a major drug bust in a home.

_ FRAUD SENTENCE: A former CEO has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for defrauding a Phoenix non-profit corporation and ordered to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

_ CHILD PORN SENTENCE: A 40-year-old Pinal County man has been sentenced to 280 years in prison in a child pornography case.

_ BOARD OF EDUCATION-RUIZ: A charter school operator who formerly was an Arizona legislator has been appointed to the state Board of Education.



GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Arizona Coyotes.


From the first day of training camp in August until deep into the NFL schedule, you hear it. Doesn’t matter what city a team represents or who is coaching and playing for it, the bromide is the same. Win the division. By Pro Footbal Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 800 words, photos.


CLEVELAND _ New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens added seven assistants to his staff, including Tosh Lupoi, Alabama’s defensive coordinator last season. Lupoi will coach Cleveland’s defensive line. He spent five seasons working under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, who were beaten by Clemson in the national championship. By Tom Withers. SENT: 180 words.


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