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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory , AZ

January 25, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME

BOSTON —Executives of an Arizona-based drug company weren’t satisfied with sales for their powerful painkiller, so they devised a plan, prosecutors say: Offer cash to doctors in exchange for prescriptions. Soon, the highly addictive fentanyl spray was flourishing, and executives were raking in millions. By Alanna Durken Richer. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TUCSON MURDER CASE-CONVICTION: A Tucson man already serving a prison sentence in an unrelated case now has been convicted in a fatal 2017 shooting.

_ ARIZONA WILDFIRES-2018: Arizona had fewer wildfires and a dramatic reduction in the number of acres burned during 2018 compared with the previous year.

SPORTS

HKN--COYOTES-OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Arizona Coyotes lost their starting goaltender, a productive young forward and have six regulars out of the lineup. Despite all the attrition, the scrappy Coyotes are still in the playoff mix at the All-Star break. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m. MST.

With:

_ HKN--ALL-STAR BETTMAN

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discusses the state of the game at All-Star weekend. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words developing from 12:30 p.m. PST news conference.

BKN--SUNS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Denver Nuggets.

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