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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest - 6 pm, AZ

August 18, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BACKPAGE-GUILTY PLEA

PHOENIX — The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors. The plea Friday by Dan Hyer marked the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in which the site is accused of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 500 words.

PREGNANT NURSES

MESA, Ariz. — The nurses at a Phoenix-area hospital are starting to wonder if there’s something in the water. Sixteen who work in the intensive care unit at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa are all pregnant at the same time, with most of them due to deliver between October and January. By Anita Snow. SENT: 270 words, photos.

OFFICER SHOT-PHOENIX

PHOENX — Phoenix police officer and a suspect were hospitalized in critical condition after exchanging gunfire during an encounter that the police chief called an ambush. Police said the shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. Thursday after the officer in a marked vehicle attempted a traffic stop in north Phoenix and the driver initially refused to stop. SENT: 250 words.

TROOPERS-BODY CAMERAS

PHOENX — No department video exists of the night a rookie Arizona trooper was fatally shot on the job because the Arizona Department of Public Safety doesn’t have body cameras nor are all department vehicles equipped with dash cameras. SENT: 280 words.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States. By Julie Watson. SENT: 390 words

WOMEN 2018-VETERANS

WASHINGTON — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar’s arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1400 words.

ALSO:

—MESA HOMICIDE-ARREST: The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested a homicide suspect in this week’s killing of a 39-year-old man in Mesa.

—MISSING WOMAN-SENTENCING: A woman charged with hindering prosecution in the killing of another woman, whose body was found in Lake Pleasant, has been sentenced to a year in prison.

—ARIZONA POLICE-USE OF FORCE: Two officers who were placed on leave after video surfaced showing them roughly treating a 15-year-old armed robbery suspect won’t be charged.

—FIREFIGHTER KILLED-SENTENCING: A former Phoenix strip club manager has been sentenced for trying to cover up the beating death of an off-duty firefighter.

—RENEWABLE ENERGY MANDATE: A ballot initiative to mandate the increased use of renewable energy will be put to voters as Proposition 127

—OBIT-CAROL SPRINGER: Carol Springer, the former state treasurer who helped Arizona become the first state in the nation with an all-female elected line of succession, has died.

—VOTER REGISTRATION: Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has rejected a request to unilaterally change more than 500,000 voter registration addresses to the address listed on driver’s licenses.

— NAVAJO-BIA DIRECTOR: The tribe says Sharon Pinto has been reassigned to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education as the deputy director.

SPORTS

FBN--CARDINALS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints host the Arizona Cardinals Friday night. UPCOMING: Story, photos.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres continue their four-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m. MST.

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