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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest , AZ

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SEDONA, Ariz. _ Sedona, the popular sightseeing destination in north-central Arizona, has plenty of homes, including many offered as short-term vacation rentals for visitors. What is in short supply is affordable housing, particularly for municipal employees and workers at hotels and other businesses serving vacationers. Sedona previously discouraged building apartments in the largely rural community, and officials say the resulting shortage of affordable housing more recently has been aggravated by a state law that forced the city to drop its prohibition on short-term rentals. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Complaints of sexual misconduct are continuing to mount in state legislatures as the 2019 sessions begin. The new claims come as many states are looking to enact new or updated laws and policies against harassment. Since the start of 2017, the Associated Press has tallied at least 90 state lawmakers who have resigned or been expelled, faced other repercussions or been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. With BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance.


A hunger striker from India has described his daily ordeal of being force fed along with nine other detainees at an immigration detention center in El Paso, Texas. In an Associated Press interview, he says three times a day he is dragged out of his cell, and strapped to a table so that he can be force-fed through a nasal tube. The protesters are trying to call attention to conditions inside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities. By Garrance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 820 words, photos.


_ LAS VEGAS-SHOOTING-AMMUNITION: An Arizona man who provided ammunition to the gunman in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting is asking a federal judge to dismiss a charge of illegally manufacturing armor-piercing ammunition.

_ MEXICAN WOLF SURVEY: A low-flying helicopter will buzz over parts of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico over two weeks starting Feb. 7 as biologists undertake their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture.

_ GRAND CANYON-WATERFALLS: Permits to visit an Arizona canyon where waterfalls cascade into blue-green pools are nearly sold out, as expected.

_ NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY-SHOOTING: The retrial of a former Northern Arizona University student charged in a fatal shooting at the school has been delayed for a fifth time.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Rickie Fowler takes a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas into the third round of the Phoenix Open. Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion in Phoenix, missed the cut. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EST.


PHOENIX _ The Atlanta Hawks visit the Phoenix Suns.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks return from their post-All-Star break bye to host the Arizona Coyotes. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMIMG: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. PST.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. _ Grand Canyon plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center.


MOSCOW, Idaho _ Northern Arizona plays Idaho at Cowan Spectrum.


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