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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

November 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA

PHOENIX — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, a judge Friday will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally — or expand it in the state’s conservative-leaning rural areas. Four local Republican parties filed a lawsuit Wednesday night challenging the state’s two biggest counties for allowing voters after Election Day to help resolve problems with their signatures on mail ballots. By Bob Christie and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 800 words with photos. UPCOMING: Updates. Developing from 2 p.m. MST court hearing.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA-VOTE COUNT

Every election, it takes weeks for Arizona to count its ballots. But as the Democrat in the tight U.S. Senate race there jumped into the lead in the latest results some Republicans have raised baseless allegations of fraud. It normally takes some time to count all the ballots in Arizona. The recorder in the state’s biggest county - Maricopa - expects the counting to be done by Nov. 15. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1140 words with photos.

ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING

PHOENIX — Maricopa County is opposing a request to give Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio disobeyed a court order six more months to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump has issued an order to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally through the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU immediately challenged the plan in court. Trump was spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants slowly moving north on foot. U.S. laws say anyone coming over the border may claim asylum. By Colleen Long. SENT: 920 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump ordered Friday that anyone who enters the U.S. illegally from Mexico by going around official border crossings is ineligible for asylum. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 780 words.

MIGRANT CARAVAN

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

MIGRANT GROUPS ARRESTED

PHOENIX — The Border Patrol says it arrested 449 migrants in Arizona during a 48-hour period this week, including two big groups of Central Americans. The agency’s Yuma Station says 82 people from Guatemala and El Salvador traveling as families were apprehended before midnight Tuesday after a camera spotted them scaling a wall east of San Luis Port. Agents four hours later discovered 83 migrants digging a hole under the same wall. Most of the remaining migrants arrested were also from Central America. By Anita Snow. SENT: 470 words with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TUCSON PARK SHOOTOUT-3 KILLED: Tucson police are trying to determine what prompted a shootout that left three people dead after gunfire was exchanged between people in a car and at least one person walking in a city park.

— BUILDING FIRE-POLICE SITUATION: Firefighters and police officers are at a burning apartment building in north Phoenix where at least one man has been taken into custody Friday.

— MEDICAID DIRECTOR RETIRING: The longtime head of Arizona’s Medicaid program is retiring next year after 27 years of state service

— AUTO LOAN FRAUD SCHEME: A Tucson man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in an automobile loan fraud scheme.

— METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZED: The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth $91,000 and arrested five people they suspect of trying to smuggle the drug into the United States.

— SMELTER STACK-DEMOLITION: An old copper smelter smoke stack in south-central Arizona is about to come down.

SPORTS:

FBC--UCLA-ARIZONA ST-PREVIEW

TEMPE, Ariz. — After wins over USC and Utah, the Arizona State Sun Devils are in the thick of the crowded Pac-12 South race. They will need a victory over UCLA Saturday to stay there. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m. MST, photos.

BKC--MCNEESE ST-ARIZONA ST

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State looks to build on its opening double-overtime win when it hosts McNeese State. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 7 p.m. MST.

CAR--NASCAR-PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick’s crew chief says Stewart-Haas Racing modified the spoiler on Harvick’s car because other teams were already doing similar alterations. By Jena Fryer. SENT: 20 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

CAR-NASCAR-TRUCK

AVONDALE, Ariz. — The NASCAR Truck Series makes a stop in Avondale.

HKN--RACE AND HOCKEY

WASHINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box in Chicago as fans yelled, “Basketball! Basketball! Basketball!” at him, a sharply embarrassing display last season that grabbed unwanted headlines for a league eager to embrace diversity on and off the ice. As a black hockey player, Smith-Pelly was angry about it but it wasn’t a surprise, not to him. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, file photos, video.

NASCAR-XFINITY HIRINGS

AVONDALE, Ariz.— Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain have landed full-time rides in the NASAR Xfinity Series and both will be driving the best cars of their careers. Chastain was named driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet at Chip Ganassi Racing. DC Solar will sponsor Chastain. Cindric will drive the No. 22 Ford next season for Team Penske. MoneyLion will expand its Penske relationship as Cindric’s primary sponsor for 18 Xfinity races. By JENNA FRYER. SENT: 580 words.

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