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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

October 6, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ARIZONA LEGISLATURE-ACCESSIBILITY

PHOENIX — With a strong likelihood that its new members next year will include a lawmaker who uses a wheelchair, the Arizona House is making changes to its building to make it accessible. The list of improvements approved by Speaker J.D. Mesnard include adding automatic security doors and a portable ramp that would make the speaker’s desk accessible. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

INTERSTATE BYPASS-BOULDER CITY BUSINESS

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — A recently completed portion of Interstate 11 has saved drivers travelling between Arizona and Nevada some time, but some Boulder City businesses say it has come at a cost. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

MORMON CONFERENCE

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church is scaling back the Sunday time commitment expected of its members from three hours to two. Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the change Saturday at the faith’s twice-yearly conference. He says the new “home-centered church” strategy reflects the faith’s increasingly global membership where not all Latter-day Saints live close to a chapel or even have a chapel. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates, longer version, photos.

MILITARY FAMILY MOVES

Military families are complaining this year’s base transfers are the worst in memory as movers are destroying, damaging, losing and stealing their household goods. Numerous service families told The Associated Press stories of theft, carelessness and frustration during 2018 transfers, which are done by private companies hired by the military. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DAMAGED HIGHWAY REOPENS: A storm-damaged northern Arizona highway used to reach the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Lake Powell and southern Utah is reopen after crews worked around the clock for 48 hours to make temporary repairs.

— PRISON KILLING-SENTENCING: A second jury deadlock on a possible death sentence for a prison killing has resulting in another term for a prison inmate already facing two life term even before the latest conviction.

— SLIPPING ON CHILE POD-LAWSUIT: A New Mexico man suing a Phoenix-based supermarket chain after he says he slipped and fell on a green chile pod.

— MARICOPA WOMAN KILLED: A Phoenix man faces life in prison on convictions for first-degree murder in the 2016 killing of a Maricopa woman at the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, whom he blamed for the killing.

— ARIZONA WEATHER: A weather system moving across the West could provide northern Arizona with what the National Weather Service says will be “a taste of winter” this weekend and stormy or breezy conditions elsewhere in the state.

— VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Arizonans have only a few days left to register to vote in order to be eligible to cast a ballot in the November general election. The fast-approaching deadline is Tuesday.

SPORTS:

FBC-T25-ARIZONA ST-COLORADO

BOULDER, Colo. — The Buffaloes (4-0, 1-0) host Arizona State (3-2, 1-0) Saturday with the chance to prove their best start in 20 years isn’t a product of an early-season schedule that turned softer than anyone imagined.

FBC--CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. —California and Arizona have had some wild games in recent years. They meet again with the Bears looking to snap a 13-game Pac-12 losing streak. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos Game time 7 p.m. MST.

FBC--WEBER STATE-NORTHERN ARIZONA

Weber State plays Northern Arizona at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

HKN--DUCKS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes try to bounce back from a lopsided opener against the Anaheim Ducks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 6 p.m. MST.

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