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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

March 19, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

PHOENIX SHOOTING

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a man and a woman are dead and four other people were hospitalized after being shot following a verbal altercation at a house party. No immediate arrest was made. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates, depending on developments.

RECORD-BREAKING HEAT

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. Scientists say this is a sure sign of global warming. All parts of the country are setting more hot records than cold in the 21st century. By Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

DRY SOUTHWEST-RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Climatologists are scheduled Tuesday to talk about the extreme drought’s effect on one of North America’s longest rivers and what water supplies along the Rio Grande are expected to be this year. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

MEXICO-ASYLUM

SAN DIEGO _ The first hearings are held for Central American asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US courts, a major shift in US policy under President Donald Trump. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SMUGGLING ARREST: A couple faces charges for allegedly trying to smuggle a migrant who breached fencing at the Arizona-Mexico border.

_ ARIZONA FINANCIAL AGENCIES: Gov. Doug Ducey has chosen the head of the state’s insurance department to also serve as interim director of Arizona’s financial institutions agency while the two are consolidated.

_ FALSE BILLING-SUSPECT SENTENCED: A former medical transport driver has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-SENTENCE: A man has been sentenced to 27 ½ years in prison for a 2015 fatal shooting in Tucson.

SPORTS:

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS PREVIEW

PHOENIX _ The Arizona Diamondbacks enter their first season without Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup in nine years. They insist it won’t be a rebuilding year. By john Marshall. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.

NCAA-WHAT ADVANCED STATS SAY

A look at some of college basketball’s advanced stats _ and how they might be able to help narrow down the search for a national champion. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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