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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

December 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ In Alison Goldwater Ross’ earliest memories of her grandfather Barry Goldwater, there’s always a 35mm camera hanging from his neck. The senator photographed more than 15,000 images of Arizona’s landscapes and Native Americans over his lifetime. Twenty years after Goldwater’s death, Ross wants to preserve the Republican icon’s photographs, with some newly digitized images showcased this month in Arizona Highways magazine and next month at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Christmas-season gridlock descended on the nation’s capital Saturday like an unwelcomed present just before the holiday as America’s elected leaders partially closed down the government over their inability to compromise on money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Lisa Mascaro, Mathew Daly and Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.



_ US-SHUTDOWN IMPACT: The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

_ BC-AZ--SHUTDOWN-SOUTHWEST PARKS: Several national parks that are big tourist draws in the US Southwest remained open Saturday during the federal government shutdown while other parks and monuments locked their gates and doors. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Expanded version.


PHOENIX _ The pollution that obscures portions of metro Phoenix’s skyline during the holiday season has prompted regulators to bar people from using wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits through Christmas day. SENT: 280 words.


_ HUMAN REMAINS FOUND: Authorities in western Arizona are investigating the discovery of human remains in the desert.

_ BORDER AGENT-ASSAULT: A Mexican national has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona.

_ GAS STATION SKIMMERS-TRAINING: Police in Lake Havasu City are helping local gasoline station owners become more aware of skimmers.

_ NAVAJO NATION-MEDICAL EXAMINER: Legislation approved by the Navajo Nation Council would create a medical examiner’s department within the tribe’s Division of Public Safety.



TEMPE, Ariz. _ Top-ranked Kansas faces a stiff test, playing at No. 18 Arizona State with big man Udoka Azubuike still out with an ankle sprain. UPCOMING: 700 words, more photos. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.


TUCSON, Ariz. _ The Arizona Wildcats wrap up their nonconference schedule with a game against UC Davis. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words. 7 p.m., EST.


PHOENIX _ Mississippi Valley State plays Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon University Arena.


WASHINGTON _ Trevor Ariza and the Wizards face the Suns for the first time since the trade that also sent Kelly Oubre to Phoenix. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The struggling Arizona Coyotes hope to find a way to score some goals against the Colorado Avalanche. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 6 p.m. MST.


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