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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

February 14, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MEXICO-FENTANYL-PILLS

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest has become a profitable new business for drug gangs, helping push the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he’s demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend. By Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor and Jill Colvin. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

With:

_ TRUMP-BORDER-SECURITY-HIGHLIGHTS. It’s not just about President Donald Trump’s border wall. SENT: 540 words, photos.

TRUMP-EMERGENCY DECLARATION-FACT CHECK

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump would be taking an extraordinary step by declaring a national emergency to steer money to his promised border wall. He’s making it sound quite ordinary. By Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 410 words.

WESTERN STORMS

Heavy rain again raised the risk of mudslides in Southern California burn areas where evacuations were ordered during a powerful storm that flooded roads, toppled trees and cut power further north. SENT: 790 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARIZONA WEATHER: A flood watch was issued for a broad swath of Arizona due to widespread rainfall expected from a storm moving in from California.

_ CAR PASSENGER SHOT: Phoenix police say a 16-year-old boy has died after being shot while riding in a car that had stopped at a red light.

_ DUCEY-JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS: Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Melissa Iyer Julian, Tracey Westerhausen and Joseph Kiefer as Maricopa County Superior Court judges to fill vacancies.

_ STUDENTS-KNIFE THREAT: Police in Yuma have arrested a man accused of threatening two students with a knife, triggering a brief lockdown of an elementary school.

_ COLD CASE ARREST: Authorities say an Arizona man has been arrested and extradited to northeast Ohio to face charges in a 1997 cold case.

SPORTS

BKC--ARIZONA-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _ Arizona plays Utah at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

HKN--BLUES-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The St. Louis Blues visit the Arizona Coyotes.

HKC--GRAND CANYON-UMKC

KANSAS CITY _ Grand Canyon plays UMKC at Swinney Recreation Center.

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-PORTLAND STATE

PORTLAND, Ore. _Northern Arizona plays Portland State at Viking Pavillion.

BBA--ANGELS-AUSMUS IN ACTION

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Brad Ausmus absolutely will get in on the action at every chance beginning his first spring training as Angels manager. He already caught a couple of bullpens and plans to jump right into more drills along the way to help his players prepare for a fresh season. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. EST.

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