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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

January 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

SALT LAKE CITY _ As the partial government shutdown drags on, private organizations, local businesses, volunteers and state governments are putting up the money and manpower to keep national parks across the U.S. open, safe and clean for visitors. But it is a makeshift arrangement that hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and trash from piling up, and it could become ineffective if the shutdown lingers. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: White House officials and congressional staffers will continue negotiations Saturday over the government shutdown, even after President Donald Trump declared he could keep it going for “months or even years.” SENT: 970 words.

ICYMI: SHUTDOWN-BORDER WALL

SAN DIEGO _ The reality of the government shutdown over a border wall is somewhat different at the Mexican border. The debate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion overlooks bottlenecks in the immigration system as more families and children turn themselves in to seek asylum. The backlog in immigration courts has soared, and U.S. authorities don’t have room to detain families. Yet Trump has focused a partial government the shutdown almost exclusively on the wall. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ICYMI: SHUTDOWN-BORDER WALL

SAN DIEGO _ The reality of the government shutdown over a border wall is somewhat different at the Mexican border. The debate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion overlooks bottlenecks in the immigration system as more families and children turn themselves in to seek asylum. The backlog in immigration courts has soared, and U.S. authorities don’t have room to detain families. Yet Trump has focused a partial government the shutdown almost exclusively on the wall. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

LETTUCE OUTBREAK-YUMA

YUMA, Ariz. _ The calendar has turned over to a new year but agriculture industry in southwestern Arizona’s Yuma area isn’t forgetting an e. Coli outbreak last April that dealt financial setbacks to growers and distributors of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens. Federal investigators said water samples from a canal tested positive for the same genetic type of e. Coli that led to 210 reported illnesses and five deaths, but nothing definitive turned up at 22 fields that were called possible sources. New research initiatives are being launched as efforts continue to identify precise vulnerabilities in the industry’s practices and infrastructure, the Yuma Sun reports. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

REAL ESTATE WIRE THEFT: The Arizona Attorney General’s office says a grand jury has indicted a woman for stealing closing funds during real estate transactions.

_ ARIZONA WEATHER: Forecasters say northern Arizona’s high country will receive heavy snowfall this weekend. Transportation officials are advising drivers to delay travel and stay off the roads if possible.

_ NAVAJO ROADS-WEATHER: The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs says its employees will be clearing roads on the Navajo Nation over the weekend despite the federal government shutdown.

_ INTERRACIAL COUPLE-MURDER TRIAL: Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday at the trial of a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend in 2009 at a Phoenix park.

SPORTS:

BKN--COLORADO-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Colorado plays at Arizona State after both teams lost their Pac-12 opener. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 4 p.m.

BKC--UTAH-ARIZONA

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

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-IDAHO STATE

POCATELLO, Idaho _ Northern Arizona plays Idaho State at Holt Arena.

BKC--SEATTLE-GRAND CANYON

PHOENIX _ Seattle plays Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon University Arena.

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