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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

May 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PRISONS-BOOK BAN

PHOENIX _ Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men. The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Arizona Department of Corrections to rescind a ban on “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.” The book by former federal prosecutor Paul Butler examines the treatment of African American men by law enforcement and in mass incarceration. Butler says his publisher was notified of the ban but not what specifically led to it. By Terry Tang. SENT: 920 words.

COAL ASH-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A group of shareholders wants Public Service Co. of New Mexico to issue a report on how it plans to handle tons of waste generated by the utility’s coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. The utility plans to shutter the San Juan Generating Station in 2022 and environmentalists have concerns about customers footing the bill. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

REMOVING REACTORS

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned — eight years instead of 60 in some cases. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN: Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest.

_ WENDY’S WORKER ABDUCTED: Authorities say a 17-year-old girl abducted from the Wendy’s restaurant where she worked in Idaho has been found in Arizona along with the man accused of taking her.

SPORTS

BKC--NARIZONA-MURPHY

LAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Northern Arizona won 10 games last season, yet made enough progress for coach Jack Murphy to keep his job for the final year of his contract. He knows the upward trend will have to continue for there to be another contract. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. MST.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO _ Arizona plays San Diego at PETCO Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

SWM--MICHAEL PHELPS

BALTIMORE _ While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps will be awarded the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo by 5:30 p.m. EDT.

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