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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

July 11, 2014

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Arizona. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Walter Berry at 602-258-8934. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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— Brewer-AG Endorsement

— Arizona Execution

— Endangered Mouse

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BREWER-AG ENDORSEMENT

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer turned her back on embattled Attorney General Tom Horne on Thursday and instead endorsed his opponent in August’s Republican primary. Brewer’s endorsement of former state Gaming Department Director Mark Brnovich is a major blow for Horne. It comes as he faces two investigations into allegations that he illegally used his staff to run his re-election campaign. By Bob Christie. SENT: 800 words. Should stand.

ARIZONA EXECUTION

PHOENIX — A federal judge has denied an Arizona death row inmate’s request to postpone his July 23 execution until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. U.S. District Judge Neil Wake, in a ruling Thursday, rejected Joseph Rudolph Wood’s argument that his First Amendment rights were violated by the state’s refusal to provide the information, such as the makers of the drugs and how the state developed its method for lethal injections. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 530 words. Should stand.

IMMIGRATION-CRASH VICTIM’S MOTHER

PHOENIX — The mother of an Arizona police officer killed in a collision with an intoxicated wrong-way driver who was in the United States without permission is demanding to know why the man wasn’t deported after being convicted in a Colorado criminal case. Mary Ann Mendoza wrote President Barack Obama on Wednesday, demanding that he explain why Raul Silva Corona was allowed to remain in the United States and eventually kill her son. SENT: 350 words. Should stand.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them. By Erica Werner and Alicia A. Caldwell. SENT: 1,000 words, photo, video. Should stand.

ENDANGERED MOUSE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Forest Service wants to block livestock and campers from stretches of the Rio Cebolla in the Santa Fe National Forest to protect an endangered mouse found in moist, forested areas of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The plan, outlined in a letter received by ranchers Thursday, marks the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute that has residents and local officials from across the West accusing the federal government of trampling on their water and property rights. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 540 words, photo. Should stand.

ALSO: FRATERNITY INVESTIGATION. UA-POLICE OFFICER-DUI. PRISON BOOKS. NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-VICTIM DIES. PHOENIX ACCIDENT-BOY KILLED. TOMBSTONE-FATAL SHOOTING. TUCSON-TRAIN FATALITY. DEPUTY SHOOTS INTRUDER.

SPORTS

BBO--MINOR LEAGUES-SALARY LAWSUIT

ST. LOUIS — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins’ draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri. Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a paltry salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make. By Alan Scher Zagier. SENT: 790 words, photos. Should stand.

FBC--CACTUS BOWL

TEMPE, Ariz. — The bowl formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will now be the Cactus Bowl. The Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation announced the name on Thursday for the bowl to be played at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium on Jan. 2, 2015. The bowl game will match the sixth selection from the Pac-12 against the fifth pick from the Big 12, after selections by the College Football Playoff. SENT: 120 words. Should stand.

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