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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

November 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SENATE-ARIZONA

PHOENIX — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, a judge Friday will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally -- or expand it in the state’s conservative-leaning rural areas. By Bob Christie. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: Updates. Developing from 2 p.m. MST court hearing.

ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING

PHOENIX — Maricopa County is opposing a request to give Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio disobeyed a court order six more months to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. By Colleen Long. SENT: 920 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TUCSON PARK SHOOTOUT-3 KILLED: Tucson police are trying to determine what prompted a shootout that left three people dead after gunfire was exchanged between people in a car and at least one person walking in a city park.

— BUILDING FIRE-POLICE SITUATION: Firefighters and police officers are at a burning apartment building in north Phoenix where at least one man has been taken into custody Friday.

— MEDICAID DIRECTOR RETIRING: The longtime head of Arizona’s Medicaid program is retiring next year after 27 years of state service

— AUTO LOAN FRAUD SCHEME: A Tucson man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in an automobile loan fraud scheme.

— METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZED: The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth $91,000 and arrested five people they suspect of trying to smuggle the drug into the United States.

— SMELTER STACK-DEMOLITION: An old copper smelter smoke stack in south-central Arizona is about to come down.

SPORTS:

FBC--UCLA-ARIZONA ST-PREVIEW

TEMPE, Ari.. — After wins over USC and Utah, the Arizona State Sun Devils are in the thick of the crowded Pac-12 South race. They will need a victory over UCLA Saturday to stay there. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m. MST, photos.

BKC--MCNEESE ST-ARIZONA ST

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State looks to build on its opening double-overtime win when it hosts McNeese State. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.

CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick’s crew chief says Stewart-Haas Racing modified the spoiler on Harvick’s car because other teams were already doing similar alterations. By Jena Fryer. SENT: 20 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

CAR-NASCAR-TRUCK

AVONDALE, Ariz. — The NASCAR Truck Series makes a stop in Avondale.

HKN--RACE AND HOCKEY

WASHINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box in Chicago as fans yelled, “Basketball! Basketball! Basketball!” at him, a sharply embarrassing display last season that grabbed unwanted headlines for a league eager to embrace diversity on and off the ice. As a black hockey player, Smith-Pelly was angry about it but it wasn’t a surprise, not to him. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, file photos, video.

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