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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

April 16, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A jury verdict is scheduled to be read Tuesday in a Phoenix courtroom the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend, who was the subject of an unsuccessful search. Robert John Interval was tried on one count of premeditated first-degree murder in the presumed death of 34-year-old Christine Mustafa. She was the subject of a 12-week search of a Phoenix landfill after disappearing in May 2017. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, longer version. Developing from 10:30 a.m. court hearing.


_BACKPAGE-SENTENCING: A July 29 sentencing date has been set for the sales and marketing director of Backpage.com for his earlier guilty plea to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes to draw them away from competitors.

_ SCOTTSDALE BUSINESS-ARSON SUSPECT: Police in Scottsdale have arrested a man who allegedly started a fire inside his own business.

_ GRAND CANYON-INVASIVE PLANTS: The National Park Service says it will apply cut-stump and occasional spot spray treatments of herbicide along Colorado River’s banks in the Grand Canyon to control several invasive plant species.

_ GLENDALE-ROAD RAGE SHOOTING: A suspect in a fatal road rage shooting in Glendale has turned himself in to police.



ATLANTA _ Max Fried, who has yet to allow an earned run this season, goes to the mound for the Atlanta Braves as they open a series against another hot pitcher, Arizona’s Robbie Ray. The Diamondbacks are beginning a 10-game road trip. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. EDT.


A proposed NCAA rule change could make football and basketball coaches less likely add graduate transfers to their teams. The NCAA’s Division I Council could vote as early as this week on a tweak that could slow what some say looks like free agency in college sports. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.


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