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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage, AZ

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX _ A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. By Felicia Fonseca and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update.

PHOENX-MAYOR’’S RACE

PHOENIX _ Voters in Phoenix will go to the polls Tuesday to choose the city’s next mayor. Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela were forced in to a runoff after neither had enough votes to win the general election in November. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, then Tuesday night update with results. Timing uncertain.

IMMIGRATION DETENTION-MUMPS OUTBREAK

PHOENIX — U.S. immigration authorities say that over 2,000 detainees have been quarantined since March 7 due to a mumps outbreak at dozens of detention facilities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says there have been 236 confirmed cases of mumps and many others who were exposed. UPCOMING: 400 words.

NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD WELFARE

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-GALVESTON-HISTORY

GALVESTON, Texas — A small but significant piece of Galveston and American history has been commemorated with the unveiling of the latest Texas historical marker on the island, behind the 1838 Michel B. Menard House on 33rd Street. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 630.

IN BRIEF:

_ ASU REAL ESTATE LAWSUIT: Attorneys for the Arizona Board of Regents have filed motions to dismiss the state Attorney General’s lawsuit targeting university property development.

_ GIRLFRIEND KILLED-SENTENCINGL A May 3 sentencing hearing has been set for a man convicted of murder in the 2017 shooting death of his girlfriend, whose body was later dumped in a lake north of Phoenix.

_ PHOENIX ZOO-LION: Phoenix Zoo is the new home of an African lion.

SPORTS:

BKC--PAC-12 TOURNAMENT

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Teams in the AP Top 25 are down to their final chances to make their case for high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Conference tournaments could set up marquee matchups this week to boost the best postseason resumes with Selection Sunday looming at the end of the week. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 750 words, photos.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Teams in the AP Top 25 are down to their final chances to make their case for high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Conference tournaments could set up marquee matchups this week to boost the best postseason resumes with Selection Sunday looming at the end of the week. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 750 words and photos.

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