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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 28, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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PHOENIX — A second man is now charged in the 2014 bludgeoning death of an Arizona man who was bound, gagged and struck with an ax. Charles Eugene Robbins previously was just accused of helping an associate move the body of 40-year-old Joshua C. Calkins, but the murder charge against Robbins was added recently after a witness said the victim was still alive when Robbins arrived at the homicide scene, so Robbins killed him before moving the body. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 500 words.


WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gained the support of a key Republican senator Friday, Arizonan Jeff Flake, virtually ensuring his nomination will advance to the full Senate a day after Kavanaugh adamantly denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, who insists she’s “100 percent” certain he did. By Lisa Macaro, Alan Fram and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,410 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.

With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE SCENE: Emotions ran high in the U.S. Capitol Friday over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Soon after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced he’d vote to confirm Kavanaugh, two women cornered him in an elevator as he headed back to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Maricopa County Prosecutor at Kavanaugh hearing got Catholic priest “off the hook.” SENT: 900 words.


—BOY ATTACKED-DOGS KILLED: Sierra Vista police say several dogs bit and seriously injured a 9-year-old boy in the yard of the home where the dogs and the boy lived and that responding officers fatally shot three dogs to rescue the child.

—STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS-BONUSES: The Arizona Board of Regents has approved bonuses for all three state university presidents.

—KAVANAUGH PROTESTS: Several dozen demonstrators outraged by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s willingness to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have gathered outside his Arizona office, some wearing the costumes of enslaved women portrayed in the dystopian novel and TV series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

—ANTI-ISRAEL BOYCOTT LAW: PHOENIX — Arizona’s law aimed at anti-Israel boycotts has been blocked by a federal court. A U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix said the law enacted in March 2016 likely violates state contractors’ free speech rights under the First Amendment.

— CHRISTMAS TREE TAGS: Officials at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in east-central Arizona say they will start selling Christmas tree tags Oct. 1.

— BORDER PORT DIRECTOR: A busy port of entry at the Arizona-Mexico border will have a new director. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Michael Humphries was sworn in Thursday as the new Nogales port director.

— DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD: The Arizona Supreme Court has again upheld the death sentences of a man convicted of two Phoenix-area killings in which both victims were shot in the back of the head during 1991 burglaries of their homes.



TUCSON, Ariz. — Southern California wary of Tate’s running ability despite slow start on the ground and ankle injury. The Arizona quarterback has yet to break off a long run this season as he did repeatedly a year ago. By John Marshall. SENT: 710 words.


TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oregon State defense has been one of the worst in college football, but Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said the Sun Devils can’t take anything for granted, especially considering the Beavers’ penchant for big plays. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m. EDT.


SAN DIEGO — The Diamondbacks begin a season-ending series against the Padres. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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