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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

February 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

ARIZONA BASE-F-35 TRAINING

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Luke Air Force Base’s roster of F-35s has grown and that means more noise around the pilot-training installation on the west side of metro Phoenix. Luke now has 85 F-35s, well en route to its planned full complement of 144, and the base in January reached a milestone of more than 1,000 flights from the base in one month. January also saw the base record a dramatic increase in noise complaints from people living around the base in Glendale. SENT: 410 words, photos.

ICYMI: INCAPACITATED WOMAN-BIRTH-FACILITY

PHOENIX — The embattled operators of an Arizona long-term care facility agreed Friday to be regulated by the state, effectively nixing a plan to close down the unit where an incapacitated woman gave birth after being raped. By Terry Tang. SENT: 520 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he’s demanded for his proposed southern border wall. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

With:

_ BORDER SECURITY-TOWERS: Executives with a Texas company that already uses high-tech towers to monitor 200 miles of unpopulated border in Arizona crossings say they’re eager to expand the technology to Texas, New Mexico and California. Since 2015, Elbit Systems of America has built and operated 55 border towers under a $145 million contract with the federal government. UPCOMING: 300 words. Moving with news and business coding.

_ BORDER ARRESTS-NEW MEXICO: U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested 290 Central Americans who entered the country illegally near a port of entry in a remote area of southwestern New Mexico.

ICYMI: GRAND CANYON SUPERINTENDENT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A U.S. investigation at Grand Canyon National Park has ended with the exoneration of the park’s superintendent and an announcement that she’ll return to work soon. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 540 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BORDER PORT SHOOTING: Authorities say a 21-year-old U.S. citizen shot and wounded by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry is in critical condition in an Arizona hospital.

_ ARIZONA SUPREME COURT-APPLICANTS: All but two of the 13 applicants to fill an Arizona Supreme Court opening have cleared the first hurdle.

SPORTS

BKC--WASHINGTON-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Washington plays Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena.

BKC--WASHINGTON STATE-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Washington State plays Arizona at McKale Center.

BKC--NEW MEXICO STATE-GRAND CANYON

PHOENIX _ New Mexico State plays Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon University Arena.

HKN--STARS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Dallas Stars visit the Arizona Coyotes.

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