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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory , AZ

April 3, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

RESIGNED LAWMAKER-REPLACEMENT

PHOENIX _ The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets Wednesday to choose a replacement for former Republican Rep. David Stringer, whose resignation amid scrutiny of 1983 sex crimes charges has caused action to grind to a halt in the state House. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

DRAMATIC BORDER CROSSINGS

PHOENIX _ Two newly released Customs and Border Protection videos show how dramatic and dangerous migrant crossings into the U.S. amid a surge of illegal crossings can be when involving children. By Anita Snow. SENT: 440 words. TOP VIDEO: _ US AZ Yuma Crossing (CR) _ Migrants go under border fence in U.S. agents’ video.

With:

_ TRUMP IMMIGRATION: President Donald Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president’s urge for action, like stopping only foot traffic at certain crossings. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

_ TRUMP-CLIMB-DOWN: His border closure went from imminent to uncertain. A major health care push was declared only to be delayed. Funding cuts put in the budget were just as quickly taken out. President Donald Trump has been exploring the art of the climb-down. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 640 words, photos.

GILA MONSTER-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has named a venomous lizard with black and yellow bead-like scales as its state reptile. SENT: 280 words. A bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert adds the Gila monster to the list of state symbols, honoring the lizard among such things as the beehive, the Dutch oven, elk and sea gulls. SENT: 280 words.

CHICANO GROUP-NAME CHANGE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — MEChA, a Mexican American student group founded 50 years ago, is considering a name change, highlighting the divisions between older and younger activists. By Rusell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, longer version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD ENDANGERMENT: Arizona authorities have arrested a woman on suspicion of child abuse and endangerment after the 6-month-old step-grandchild she was caring for tested positive for methamphetamine.

_ MULE DEER POACHING: State wildlife regulators are investigating the poaching of a mule deer in western Arizona.

_ SETTLEMENT-OPIOID MAKER: A former senior executive with a Chandler-based opioid manufacturer will pay $9.5 million to settle a consumer fraud suit.

_ PEORIA POLICE SHOOTING-ARREST: A man shot in the face by a Peoria police sergeant after a traffic stop has been released from a hospital and booked into jail.

_ SECURITY GUARD INCIDENT-LAWSUIT: A man who was shot at by a security guard last year in the parking lot of a state social-welfare office in Tucson has filed a lawsuit.

SPORTS:

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO _ Arizona plays San Diego at PETCO Park. 12:40 p.m. MST start.

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