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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 10, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Sen. Jeff Flake’s adult son over now-dismissed animal cruelty charges he faced in the 2014 heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his then-in-laws. Austin Flake and his ex-wife Logan Brown lost the lawsuit against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County at a trial late last year. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 510 words, photos.


DILLEY, Texas — A family immigration lockup in rural south Texas has become an epicenter for immigration policies that the Trump administration has tried to tighten. Housing 1,520 mothers and their children, about 10 percent are families who were temporarily separated under a “zero tolerance policy” that has since been reversed. Federal authorities say the detention center is informal whenever possible and accommodating to families — but advocates counter that problems remain. By Will Weissert. SENT: 910 words, photos.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A San Francisco-based bank’s decision to divest from fossil fuels has been met with threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.


— ARIZONA WEATHER: A Tempe freeway was reopened before the Friday morning commute after being closed several hours due to flooding from storms with heavy rain and strong winds downed power lines and trees across metro Phoenix.

— POLICE PEPPER-SPRAYED SENTENCE: A man accused of pepper-spraying three Glendale police officers last month has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL-THEFT: Arizona prosecutors say a state grand jury has indicted the former business manager for the Western Arizona Vocational Education District for allegedly stealing money from the district.

— AIR QUALITY-METRO PHOENIX: Environmental regulators have issued an ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix.

— BORDER-CONVICTED RAPIST: The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year after he tried to illegally re-enter the United States.


HOUSTON — The most terrifying pitcher ever to have called the Astrodome home slowly pushes himself up from a couch and lumbers, at 68 years old, into a small room overcrowded with 100 of Houston’s homeless and neediest people. By Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 2,660 words.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona set a school record for losses last year and is in its worst three-year stretch in 27 years. Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy knows that needs to change the upcoming seasons. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 7200 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds open a weekend series, with Clay Buchholz (5-1) facing Anthony DeSclafani (5-3). UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m. MST.


NEW YORK — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx are back in the postseason. The defending champions still have a long way to go to get a bye or two in the first round. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 630 words.


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