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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

August 4, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX — Education is a top issue in Arizona’s gubernatorial race after anger about stagnating school funding bubbled over into a six-day walkout this spring. Three Democrats and one Republican primary challenger are running to unseat Republican incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey. He’s cast himself as a champion of public schools. By Melissa Daniels. SENT: 790 words, photos.


FERNLEY, Nev. — Plans to build a U.S. interstate from Mexico to Canada include a pair of preferred alternatives that would route it through western Nevada near Fernley about 30 miles east of Reno, state transportation officials say. The Department of Transportation provided an update on Interstate 11 during a public meeting last week at Fernley High School. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


SAN FRANCISCO — Yosemite National Park’s breathtaking vistas and natural majesty are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality in some spots currently rivals Beijing. The unhealthy haze led officials to shut hundreds of campsites, hotels and some of Yosemite’s most scenic spots at the height of the summer season, dealing a financial blow to the park and causing summer holiday upheaval for thousands of visitors. By Joceln Gecker. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.


— GRAND CANYON-WILDFIRE: Grand Canyon National Park is closing a scenic road to a North Rim vista and two trails because of a lightning-caused wildfire that has grown to 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers).

— LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-ARIZONA: Arizona’s attorney general is encouraging survivors of the Oct. 1 attack on the Las Vegas Strip to apply to a Nevada crime-victim program for expense reimbursements by the application deadline on the tragedy’s one-year anniversary.

— HISTORIC STATION: An Arizona entrepreneur wants to revitalize a historic northern New Mexico saloon at Amtrak’s station outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

— SUNZI TRANSMISSION PROJECT: Backers of a $2 billion high-voltage power line project say they’ll continue to try to win regulatory approval of a proposed route through seven New Mexico counties despite a state hearing officer’s adverse recommendation.



GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chandler Jones had an All-Pro season a year ago as an outside linebacker. Now he sees if he can do even more damage as a defensive end in the Arizona Cardinals’ new scheme. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks host the Giants in the third game of their NL West series. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 5:10 p.m. MST.


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