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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

January 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX _ The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a police officer on a Phoenix-area freeway was texting before the wreck and has been arrested and accused of manslaughter and other crimes, authorities said Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said 40-year-old Jerry Sanstead of Scottsdale of Scottsdale told investigators that he was texting before his vehicle struck Salt River Police Department Officer Clayton Townsend as Townsend stood next to a vehicle he’d pulled over. By Paul Davenport. SENT: 220 words. Pursuing photos.


PHOENIX — Police served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, and San Carlos Apache officials announced that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona. By Terry Tang. SENT: 940 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon Church, alleging he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care. Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to church policy. It seeks unspecified monetary damages for decades of emotional harm. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 500 words.


To get a glimpse of how a $5 billion wall will affect people on the border, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has several places where the government has crews out doing land surveying and drilling on residents’ property for wall construction that has already been funded. One vulnerable location is a historic 19th century Catholic church that could be in jeopardy because it’s located where a wall will be built. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos, video.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ The partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving some new road and bridge construction projects, yet another fallout from the stoppage that has dragged on for nearly three weeks. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.


_ VIOLENT OFFENDERS ARRESTED: Federal authorities say more than 180 violent gang members and gang member associates have been arrested in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas after a three-month operation.

_ GLENDALE AIRPORT VANDALIZED-ARREST: Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a floor of the Glendale airport, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

_ MOSQUE-HATE VIDEO: A Feb. 26 trial is scheduled for a woman who was captured on video making derogatory comments about Muslims at a Tempe mosque.

_ NEIMAN MARCUS SETTLEMENT: Arizona is one of multiple states that will receive money from a settlement with Neiman Marcus over a data breach.

_ ATTORNEY SUSPENDED: The State Bar of Arizona says a Phoenix lawyer has been suspended for three years for receiving a felony conviction for a money laundering crime.

_ MARICOPA-HISTORIC RAIL CAR: An historic rail car will be relocated a short distance from its current location in Maricopa as part of a construction of an overpass to carry a bust state highway over Union Pacific train tracks.

_ NAVAJO-MEDICAL EXAMINER: The Navajo Nation is establishing its first medical examiner’s office.



DALLAS _ The Mavericks, coming of a home loss to the LeBron James-less Lakers, play last-place Phoenix. Dallas has lost 11 of 14 games, and the Suns have lost six straight, already their third losing streak at least that long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


STANFORD _ Arizona plays Stanford at Maples Pavilion.


BERKELEY, Calif. _ Arizona State plays California at Haas Pavilion.


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