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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

March 2, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-ARIZONA

PHOENIX _ Arizona legislators are moving to tighten the state’s law on capital punishment by eliminating three of the 14 so-called “aggravating factors” than can be the basis for imposing a death sentencing. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SPORTS BETTING-ON THE SIDELINES

By year’s end, it’s possible that roughly 20 states will have taken advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling and legalized sports betting. The nation’s three most populous states are not likely to be among them. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-POLYGAMIST SECT-RANCH

ELDORADO, Texas — A group of polygamists, with their blond child brides and 19th century doctrine of plural marriage being the pathway to heaven, were forced out their compound here in 2014, and scattered to the west. By John MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,340 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARIZONA SUPREME COURT-NOMINEES: A state screening committee has nominated four judges and a lawyer in private practice for appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill an Arizona Supreme Court opening created by the retirement of Justice John Pelander.

_ BORDER ACTIVISTS: Volunteers for a humanitarian group that works in the Arizona border area have been fined $250 each and received 15 months of unsupervised probation.

_ ENDING PARENTAL RIGHTS: An appellate court ruling says state child-protection officials can try again to terminate a father’s parental rights even though a previous request on similar grounds was denied.

_ RESTAURANT ROBBERIES: Authorities say they have arrested a suspect in a string of restaurant holdups around the Phoenix metro area.

_ CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION: Authorities say a man from the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear has been sentenced to 23.5 years imprisonment for taking sexually explicit photographs of an 11-year-old girl who was a guest in his home.

SPORTS:

BKN--LAKERS-SUNS

PHOENIX _ The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Phoenix Suns.

BKC--ARIZONA-OREGON

EUGENE, Ore. _ Arizona plays Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-MONTANA STATE

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ Northern Arizona plays Montana State at Worthington Arena.

HKN--RED WINGS-COYOTES

PHOENIX _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Arizona Coyotes.

BBA-MARINERS-HILL’S INFLENCES

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ask around the Seattle Mariners spring training complex and the most popular person putting on a uniform each day is likely a 66-year-old who is nearly four decades removed from playing professionally, and has become a respected authority throughout baseball as one of the best infield instructors around. By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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