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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BATTERIES-SOLAR POWER

PHOENIX _ Arizona’s biggest electric utility is going big on batteries. Arizona Public Service Co. plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to add large, building-size batteries to the power grid, aiming to use their capacity to store surplus power available early in the day when solar power plants are productive. The power stored in batteries then would be used in the evening when customers need the energy after solar panels power down for the night. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 760 words, photos.

WILD HORSE PASTURES

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ The U.S. government is seeking more pastures for thousands of wild horses that have overpopulated Western ranges. Landowners interested in hosting large numbers of rounded-up wild horses on their property can now apply with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 840 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEASLES CASE-ARIZONA: Arizona health authorities say Pima County has a confirmed case of measles involving a 1-year-old infant, the first such case in the state since 2016.

_ ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEIZURE: Authorities say they have seized nearly $1 million in cash from two Phoenix billiard halls suspected of illegal gambling activity.

_ EMS SERVICE: Another Arizona fire district is joining a state program under which emergency medical services agencies can be reimbursed for providing care to a patient or referring them to an appropriate destination for care rather than automatically transporting them to an emergency department.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-EXHIBIT: The Mexican gray wolf is the focus of a new exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

_ MUMPS-SOUTHERN ARIZONA: Cochise County in southern Arizona is urging parents to vaccinate children after a confirmed case of mumps there.

_ MOTORCYLE CHASE-FATAL CRASH: Authorities say a man who was the subject of police pursuits in southwestern Utah was found dead four days later, killed in a motorcycle crash in nearby northwestern Arizona.

SPORTS:

CAR--NASCAR--PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold. It’s the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion tried on a cool morning in the desert but quickly bailed, putting off the resumption of his Boston Marathon training for another day. As if Johnson doesn’t have enough to deal with right now. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With:

_ CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX-FIGHT: Drivers Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell were summoned to the NASCAR hauler after they were involved in a post-qualifying fight before practice Saturday for the Cup Series race at ISM Raceway. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 400 words.

BKN--SUNS-TRAILBLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

HKN--KINGS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Los Angeles Kings visit the Arizona Coyotes.

BKC--ARIZONA STATE-ARIZONA

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

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-NORTHERN COLORADO

GREELEY, Colo. _ Northern Arizona plays Northern Colorado at Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler-Hancock Athletic Center.

BKC--GRAND CANYON-SEATTLE

SEATTLE _ Grand Canyon plays Seattle at Redhawk Center.

CAR-NASCAR-PHOENIX-XFINITY

AVONDALE, Ariz. _The Xfinity race at Phoenix could produce its fourth different winner in four races this season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 2:15 p.m. MT.

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