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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

May 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ARIZONA BUDGET

PHOENIX _ The Arizona Legislature begins hearings Wednesday on an $11.9 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1. By Bob Christie. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

With:

_ TEACHER PENALTIES: The Arizona Senate is giving new life to a bill targeting teachers who try to influence students’ political or religious views despite concerns by a legislative lawyer that it’s unconstitutional.

TV-PARTY OF FIVE-DEPORTED PARENTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A reboot of the 1990s teen drama “Party of Five” will center on a Mexican American family with parents deported to Mexico. Disney announced this month the Sony Pictures Television retooled show will air on the Freeform network and will star a Latino cast. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PODIATRIST SENTENCED-MEDICARE FRAUD: A 55-year-old Tucson podiatrist faces two years in prison and owes nearly $986,000 of restitution to the federal government for defrauding the Medicare program.

_ HOLIDAY-NO HIGHWAY CLOSINGS: Arizona Department of Transportation officials say there will be no highway closures over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

_ PHOENIX MURDER-SUICIDE: Phoenix police say a husband and wife are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

SPORTS

BKN--SUNS-MONTY’S TASK

PHOENIX _ The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years. The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year’s 19-63 finish. Monty Williams, the man GM James Jones hired to coach the Suns, hopes to change the trend. By john Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO _ The Arizona Diamondbacks play the San Diego Padres in Petco Park. Game starts 12:40 p.m.

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