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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

January 8, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX — After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring. Kathy Hoffman, a 33-year-old school speech therapist, is among hundreds of educators being sworn into office following the #RedforEd protests, which were credited with raising awareness of the needs of public schools and inspiring many educators to join the political fray. By Brian Skoloff and Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.


PHOENIX — The CEO of a private health care facility in Phoenix has resigned following reports that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump will argue to the nation Tuesday night that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers fearing missed paychecks on Friday. By Matthew Daly, Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.


_ AP EXPLAINS-TRUMP-SHUTDOWN: The Trump administration is weighing using a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress and the budget stalemate and force construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 940 words, photos.

_SHUTDOWN-BORDER REALITY: The debate raging in Washington largely overlooks the reality on the border — where issues are not easily solved by a barrier. By Colleen Long. SENT: 880 words, photos.


_ FREEWAY DETECTION SYSTEM: The Arizona Department of Transportation is crediting its thermal camera-based wrong-way vehicle detection system with stopping an accident from happening on a Phoenix freeway.

_ I-10-FATAL WRECK: Authorities say a 5-mile stretch of westbound Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona is closed because of a fatal two-vehicle wreck near the Arizona-New Mexico border.



Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson has reached an agreement with New York prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of federal funds bribery at a hearing later this month. The agreement contains a stipulated sentencing guidelines range of 18 to 24 months, though the sentence is up to the judge. By John Marshall. SENT: 430 words.


PHOENIX _ The Sacramento Kings visit the Phoenix Suns. By Bob Baum.


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