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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

January 19, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON —Seeking a way to end the shutdown standoff, President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that in exchange for money for his long-promised border wall he is open to trading protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children. But it was not clear such an offer would budge Democrats, who have previously rejected such a deal. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 960 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.


PHOENIX _ A lawyer for the family of an incapacitated Arizona woman who gave birth in a long-term health care facility says she is not in a coma as previously reported and has “significant intellectual disabilities” and cannot speak but is able to recognize relatives and respond to them, a newspaper reported. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don’t comply. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CASA GRANDE, Ariz. _ Less can be better at Central Arizona College when it comes to how many classes the college offers Pinal County residents, according to President Jackie Elliott. The college was teaching about 1,000 courses two years ago when Elliott arrived and has since put up to 300 of those on the chopping block to simplify the college’s course catalog and provide stricter academic pathways for students. SENT: 350 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A new PBS Independent Lens documentary examines how Native American musicians transformed blues, jazz and rock/ By Russell Contreras. SENT: 720 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather Vendors at the Safari Club International event held last week in Reno, Nevada, also were recorded hawking African vacations to shoot captive-bred lions raised in pens. The club has previously said it wouldn’t allow the sale of so-called canned hunts at its events. By Michael Biesecker and Scott Sonner. SENT: 900 words, photos.


_ FOOD STAMPS-ARIZONA: Arizonans who receive food stamps are getting their February benefits early because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, and state officials want recipients to know they won’t be getting additional benefits during February.

_ CHIRICAHUA MONUMENT ACCESS: Some areas of the scenic Chiricahua National Monument will be accessible again despite the federal government shutdown.

_ BORDER ACTIVISTS ARRESTED: A federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants.

_ BACHELOR PARY-ERROR: Vermont’s governor is congratulating a bachelor on his upcoming wedding after his bachelor party at a Vermont ski resort this weekend drew national attention when an errant email invited a stranger from Arizona.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Charlotte Hornets.


TUCSON, Ariz. _ TUCSON, Ariz. _ Oregon State and Arizona look to bounce back after suffering their first Pac-12 losses. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 5 p.m.


TEMPE, Ariz. _ Oregon, fresh off a victory at Arizona, faces Arizona State, coming off a win over Oregon State, in a matchup of teams trying to climb back into the Pac-12 race. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words. 7:30 p.m., MST.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Portland State plays Northern Arizona at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.


PHOENIX _ UMKC plays Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon University Arena.


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