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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 30, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FIREFIGHTER DEATHS-MEMORIAL

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The Prescott City Council will contribute $50,000 to a courthouse plaza memorial honoring 19 firefighters who died in 2013. Nearly all members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by flames in a brush-choked canyon while fighting a wildfire in nearby Yarnell. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, AP Photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming the probe is a Senate process and that lawmakers are the only ones dictating its parameters. President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one. By Darlene Superville and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 870 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Rosa was on a track Sunday to drench northwest Mexico and parts of the U.S. Southwest, prompting tropical storm warnings for the Baja California coast and flash-flood watches for parts of four U.S. states.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains. It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. SENT: 280 words.

IMMIGRATION-GUN VIOLENCE

Among the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them? Often an American-made gun. While the flow of drugs and immigrants into the U.S. has been well-documented for decades and become a regular part of the political debate, what is often overlooked is how gangs and drug cartels exploit weaknesses at the border to smuggle guns from the U.S. into Latin America. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 940 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TUCSON-CONTAMINTARED WATER: Tucson Water officials are investigating how a treatment plant sent water contaminated with chemical compounds to thousands of residents of the city.

— FURNITURE BUSINESS FIRE: Authorities say a huge fire overnight has destroyed a Phoenix furniture business.

SPORTS:

FBN--SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals, winless in three NFL games so far this season, host the Seattle Seahawks. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. MST.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — The Arizona Diamondbacks, who were in first place in the National League West at the start of September before going into a slump, close out their season Sunday at San Diego against the Padres. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP Photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. MST.

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