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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

April 13, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 980 words, photos.


PHOENIX _ Two recent deaths in which men plummeted to their death in the Grand Canyon follow dozens of apparently accidental fatal falls since the national park was established 100 years ago. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


PHOENIX _ Many Arab Americans are feeling left out of the census as the once-every-10-years count is set to occur next year. The race section on the census does not include a choice for Arab American, forcing many of them to check the white box. By Joseph Gideon. SENT: 880 words, photos.


A campaign to curb drilling in one of the nation’s oldest oil and gas-producing basins is complicated by a patchwork of land ownership. New Mexico’s all-Democratic congressional delegation recently reintroduced legislation seeking protections to place federal land off-limits to drilling. But private and tribal land would still be in the mix. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 830 words, photos.


_ MURDER CONVICTION-ATTORNEY PUNCHED: A Tucson man just convicted of murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend waited until jurors left the courtroom before turning and punching one of his defense lawyers in the side of the head.

_ IMMUNIZATIONS-ARIZONA: Arizona’s top health official says increased use of immunization exemptions are putting the state at risk of an outbreak of diseases.

_ NAVAJO NATION-THEFT: A former manager of the Navajo Nation’s Tuba City Chapter has been sentenced to jail time and probation in a theft case.

_ HUNTING CONTESTS: State regulators want to adopt a rule to prohibit hunting contests that give prizes for killing the most predatory and fur-bearing animals or for killing the largest variety of those animals.

_ PHOENIX LIGHT RAIL-BALLOT INITIATIVE: A judge has ruled that an initiative that aims to halt expansion of Phoenix’s light rail system can appear on a special election ballot in August.

_ USED CAR DEALER-TAX EVASION: The Attorney General’s office says a state grand jury has indicted a used car dealer on suspicion of failing to pay about $282,000 in taxes to Arizona and Maricopa County.



PHOENIX _ Arizona hosts San Diego in the third game of a four-game series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 5:10 p.m. MST.


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