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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 28, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING

PHOENIX — Maricopa County has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court ruling that concluded it’s liable in lawsuits over former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s crackdowns on immigrants during traffic stops. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 370 words.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEATH-BORDER

GUATEMALA CITY _ The stepsister of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody says the boy’s father took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland. Also, New Mexico authorities said an autopsy determined that the boy had the flu. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 650 words with photos.

With:

_ IMMIGRATION-EL PASO-MIGRANTS: A shelter director in the Texas border city of El Paso says his agency has served 1,300 people in the last five days after they were released by U.S. immigration authorities. SENT: 130 words, video.

_ DEMOCRATS-CHILD DEAD-BORDER: Top House Democrats, preparing to take control of key committees early next year, have called for the preservation of all evidence related to the two child deaths in Customs and Border Protection custody. SENT: 130 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year — the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and newly empowered Democrats — as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power. By Juliet Linderman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARIZONA INAUGURATION: Plans for Arizona’s 2019 inauguration ceremony are taking shape for the event scheduled Jan. 7 at the State Capitol.

_ ARIZONA WEATHER: Authorities are cautioning drivers about slick conditions on highways in eastern, northern and southeastern Arizona due to snow and ice Friday morning.

_ WINSLOW CITY MANAGER: The city manager in Winslow is retiring. Steve Pauken is leaving the post he’s held for five years in January.

SPORTS:

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Arkansas State and Nevada will play in one of the bowl season’s most evenly-matched games at the Arizona Bowl. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.

BKN--THUNDER-SUNS

PHOENIX _ The surprising Phoenix Suns, winners of five of their last seven, face the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have dropped two in a row. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. MST.

BKC --MID-MAJOR SCHEDULING SHAKEUP

Conference USA has radically altered its league basketball schedule in an effort to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament and get better seeds. The revolutionary schedule features four games that won’t be set until February, when the conference standings will determine the matchups. It’s one of a handful of mid-major leagues rethinking league schedules in hopes of having more success on Selection Sunday. By David Brants. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon EST.

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