Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona.

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TOP STORIES:

DRY ARIZONA-RESERVOIRS

PHOENX — Authorities say water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River's worsening "structural deficit." SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

AP EXPLAINS-WILDFIRES-RUIN AND REGENERATION

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 950 words, photos;.

IMMIGRATION-CHILD SEPARATIONS

ATLANTA — The separation of children from their immigrant parents along the border has drawn international attention this year, but similar separations also take place far away from the border. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in Georgia when a parent is deported or detained, their children may be placed in foster care if there's no other relative to take care of them. SENT: 580 words.

ALSO:

— BOATS COLLIDE-CALIFORNIA: Arizona authorities say they have found the body of a woman who was among four people missing after two boats crashed on the Colorado River.

— NATIONAL GUARD-DELOYMENT: More than two dozen members of the Arizona Army National Guard are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

— ARIZONA PRIMARY-CONGRESS: Democrat Anita Malik will face Republican incumbent Rep. David Schweikert in November in Arizona's 6th Congressional District in metro Phoenix.

— POLYGAMOUS COMMUNITIES-FUNERAL: A second funeral has been held for the second wife of the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect whose members ran two communities on opposite sides of the Arizona-Utah border.

— CHICAGO HOMICIDE SUSPECT: A man sought in an April killing in Chicago has been apprehended in Yuma, Arizona.

SPORTS:

BBN--PADRES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — Arizona right-hander Zack Godley faces San Diego right-hander Bryan Mitchell as the Diamondbacks try to bounce back from a difficult trip to Southern California against the Padres. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 5:10 p.m. MST.

FBN--CARDINALS-PRACEI

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Their 53-man roster set, at least for now, the Arizona Cardinals embark on their first game week under new coach Steve Wilks. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. MST.

ICYMI: BKL--STORM-MERCURY

PHOENIX — Four times this postseason, the Phoenix Mercury have faced elimination. They've won all four and now it's on to Seattle for another one. Brittney Griner provided the deciding offense and necessary defense in the final seconds as the Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday to force a deciding Game 5 in their WNBA semifinal series. By Bob Baum. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

It's September, which means rosters are expanded and there's enough room for speedster Terrance Gore to have a spot. The one-dimensional base stealer has resurfaced with the Chicago Cubs. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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