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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 8, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Prosecutors are dropping the bribery case against former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce and three others after their trial ended three weeks ago with a mistrial. The U.S. Attorney’s Office told a judge Tuesday that it was dismissing all charges against Pierce, his wife Sherry, water company owner George Johnson and lobbyist Jim Norton. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ADDICTION PROGRAMS: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the legal door is open for the Legislature to use money from state’s medical marijuana program to pay for services to help people addicted to drugs.

— PRISONERS-HEALTH CARE: Lawyers for Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan are opposing suggestions from opposing attorneys on how to spend the proceeds of a $1.4 million fine issued against the state in a lawsuit over health care in the state’s prisons.

— POLICE-PRETEND MINORS: An Arizona court ruling says it doesn’t violate a defendant’s constitutional rights for a law enforcement officer to pose as a minor during a child prostitution investigation.

— ROBBERY SPREE-SENTENCING: A California man has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for a robbery spree involving high-end jewelry and handbags worth more than $130,000.

— TOMBSTONE-QUAID-KILMER: Dennis Quaid and Val Kilmer are heading back to the Wild West. The actors, who both portrayed gunslinger Doc Holliday on screen, will take part this weekend in the town of Tombstone’s annual “Doc Holli-Days” event.

— AMERICAN INDIAN-CHILD WELFARE: A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to a law that gives preference to American Indian families in adoptions of Native children. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t rule on the constitutionality of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

— FEDERAL TASK FORCE-FATAL SHOOTING: The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting of a suspect by members of a U.S. Marshals Task Force on tribal land in Scottsdale.

— HIT-AND-RUN SENTENCE: A Tucson man has been sentenced to a decade in prison in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a bicyclist more than two years ago.

— BROKEN GAS LINE: A broken gas line jolted some residents in a west Phoenix neighborhood when a section of the street suddenly caved in.

— POWER PLANT CLOSURE: New Mexico GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.



Arizona rookie Josh Rosen figures to get plenty of playing time in the preseason, beginning with his NFL debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m. EDT.


— ARIZONA CARDINALS-BURGER CHALLENGE: Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger.


Summers are hardly a break for most college athletes, especially football players. Almost all take classes to lighten their loads during the season. Players routinely organize their own activities even though coaches can’t lead practices. Not much downtime even with NCAA rules mandating more time away from required events. Many college football players still work summer jobs and internships or do volunteer work. Arizona State receiver Kyle Williams is preparing to be a surgeon. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 760 words, photos.


— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-FARMER’S WORK — Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer wants to be crime-stopper. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 690 words, photos.

— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-IT’S A ZOO — Minnesota teammates Winston DeLattiboudere and Jerry Gibson patrol zoo. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 720 words, photos.

— FBC--SUMMER JOBS-DALTON’S BLOG, K-State standout lineman Dalton Risner runs a popular blog. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 630 words, photos.


PHOENIX — Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez looks to continue his string of strong starts when the Phillies face left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 3:40 p.m. EDT.


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