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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory 1110 am update, AZ

October 12, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

LEGACY OF BIOPSHERE 2

ORACLE, Ariz. — Biosphere 2 was declared a failure by detractors because oxygen had to be pumped into what was supposed to be a sealed, fully self-sustaining system. But a quarter century after the eight original inhabitants left their glass terrarium in two groups that no longer talked to each other, the site that began as a New Age-style experiment in the Arizonan desert thrives as a singular site for researchers worldwide studying things like the effects of the ocean’s acidification on coral. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SENATE-ARIZONA-MCSALLY-ROMNEY

GILBERT, Ariz. — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to be in Arizona to stump for GOP Senate candidate Martha McSally. The practicing Mormon is set to appear at a McSally rally on Friday afternoon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, which is a heavily Mormon area. By Terry Tang. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Longer version. Will be updated after MST rally. scheduled to starting at 3:30 p.m. MST.

With:

— UTAH SENATE-FACT CHECKSALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney took up the question of water shortage this week in Utah, one of the driest states in the country, during a debate as he runs for a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state against Democrat Jenny Wilson. But federal water managers say he oversimplified a complex issue when he said Utah’s unused water allotment goes to California. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING: 530 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-SERGIO: Tropical Storm Sergio has hit the Baja California coast around Bahia de Ballenas and is weakening fast as it crosses the peninsula.

— WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER: The Phoenix Zoo and the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation have acquired land to create a wildlife conservation center.

— FEDERAL JUDGE CONFIRMED: Arizona has a new federal judge after the U.S. Senate confirmed Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

— SMUGGLING ARRESTS: Border Patrol agents say four people, including a migrant from Mexico, were caught trying to smuggle meth and a stolen firearm near the California-Arizona border.

— LOAN FRAUD-GUILTY PLEA: A Phoenix man has pleaded guilty to one count each of fraud and money laundering for what state prosecutors say was a scheme to get cash loans by using victims’ homes as collateral.

— FREEWAYS-DEADLY CRASH: Portions of two freeways on the wide side of metro Phoenix are open again after being closed much of Friday morning due to a deadly crash.

SPORTS:

FBC--ARIZONA-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — Arizona plays Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Starts at 8 p.m. MDT.

ICYMI: BKN--WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He’s got a new contract. He’s got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors’ video room now. He’s leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it again this season. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

FBN--CARDINALS-JONES

TEMPE, Ariz. — With his MMA-trained hands knocking would-be blockers out of the way, Arizona Cardinals defensive TEMPE, Ariz. end Chandler Jones has quietly established himself as one of the best in the game. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. MST, photos.

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