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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINTER WEATHER-ARIZONA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Schools are closed in cities across northern Arizona’s high country due to heavy snowfall from a storm that the National Weather Service warned Thursday “is just getting started.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates, longer version.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government is still needlessly breaking up immigrant families. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT 829 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ REAL ESTATE AGENT KILLED-SENTENCING: A Kingman man faces natural life in prison after being sentenced in the killing of a real estate agent whose body was buried on a ranch.

SPORTS:

COLUMN: BBO--TIM DAHLBERG-BASEBALL MONEY

Manny Machado’s new $300 million contract put a stop _ at least temporarily _ to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep damage to the free agent market. It did nothing, however, to change the new reality of baseball. And that’s something players should be worrying about between now and 2021, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires and the threat of labor action looms. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 710 words.

BKN--SUNS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.

HKN--COYOTES-CANUCKS

VANCOUVER _ The Arizona Coyotes visit the Vancouver Canucks.

BKC--CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ California plays Arizona at McKale Center.

BKC--IDAHO-NORTHERN ARIZONA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Idaho plays Northern Arizona at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

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