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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 8, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MCCAIN-INDIAN COUNTRY

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The late Sen. John McCain has been heralded as the ‘go-to’ guy for Indian Country, but his relationship with tribal members was more complicated. He helped usher through pivotal legislation that gave tribes the right to open casinos and strengthen self-governance, but some say he missed opportunities to protect sacred sites and water rights. Tribal leaders from around Arizona gathered at his service this week in Phoenix to pay their respects. McCain died last month of brain cancer. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

CATTLE FRAUD

TUCSON, Ariz. — Court documents filed in federal court allege that behind the scenes at one of the busiest stockyards in Arizona, $3 million worth of cattle was stolen from a prominent Marana family by a man they once considered a friend. The fraud has pushed both families to the brink of financial ruin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

ALSO:

— INTERRACIAL COUPLE-MURDER TRIAL — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend in 2009 at a Phoenix park.

— GIRL KILLED-TRIAL — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend in 2009 at a Phoenix park.

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SUPREME COURT-DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON — Democrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But the rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings marked a new stage in the party’s resistance to President Donald Trump. It’s battle for the soul of a party that’s being fueled by a new generation that carries risks and rewards for the midterms, and for election cycles to come. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photos, audio, videos.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-ARIZONA ST

TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 15 Michigan State looks to bounce back from a shaky opener on the road against Arizona State. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 10:45 p.m.

FBC--ARIZONA-HOUSTON

HOUSTON — Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin returns to face his former team when the Wildcats visit the Houston Cougars. By Jenny Creech. Starts at 11 a.m. CT

BBN--BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS

With both teams locked in a penant race and the series tied a game apiece, the Atlanta Braves send Julio Teheran to the mound and the Arizona Diamondbacks counter with Clay Buchholz. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. 9:40 p.m.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

Six ranked teams are on the road, including No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M, setting the stage for some early season upsets. The Pac-12 could use an upset or two: Arizona State faces No. 15 Michigan State and Colorado is at Nebraska. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

No team wants to distance itself from last season — or even the previous year — more than the Cleveland Browns. They get a chance to prove all of those offseason maneuvers paid off when they host the archrival Steelers on Sunday. It’s not fair to fully judge Cleveland’s progress in the opener. It is tempting, though, considering how the roster has been revamped and the enthusiasm has been ramped up. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,880 words, photo.

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