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AP-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

August 23, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TUCSON, Ariz. — With acres of ranches, small southern border towns and most of populous Tucson, the landscape of Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District is as varied as its swing seat electorate. Seven Democrats and four Republicans seek to succeed Republican Rep. Martha McSally. Her bid for U.S. Senate put the seat up for grabs. Now it’s a key pickup for Democrats in their bid to take control of the House of Representatives. By Melissa Daniels. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.


PHOENIX — Immigration authorities coerced dozens of parents separated from their children at the border to sign documents they didn’t understand, according to a complaint expected to be filed Thursday. An AP NewsBreak. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 610 words, photos.


— MISSING STUDENT-IOWA: For years, the young man from Mexico presented himself as a legal U.S. resident and reliable worker at a family dairy farm in small town Iowa, his employer said. But Christhian Bahena Rivera is now accused of illegally living and working in the U.S. on fraudulent documents, of being a predator who kidnapped and killed a beloved young woman, and to some, the monstrous face of a lax immigration system. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Navajo voters have a record number of candidates to choose from in Tuesday’s presidential primary election, with a field of 18 candidates vying to be among the two who will advance to the November general election. The candidates have touted plans for economic development and securing water rights, providing services to veterans and the elderly, and bringing younger Navajos back home. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 130 words, longer version, photos.


— DEAD ZOO LION: The Phoenix Zoo says an eight-year-old African lion named Kitambi has died after a brief illness.

— POLICE EVIDENCE TECH-PLEA: A former Quartzsite police evidence technician has pleaded guilty to stealing about $25,000 from the department.

— ESCAPEE-BANK ROBBERY SENTENCE: Authorities in Nevada say a 68-year-old Arizona federal prison escapee was sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars for robbing a Las Vegas bank in 2016.

— MIGRANT RESCUED: ARIVACA, Ariz. — An injured Mexican man was rescued after Border Patrol agents carried him hundreds of yards using only a blanket.



Arizona’s defense won’t be tested by the best this preseason. Not one of the four opponents’ No. 1 quarterbacks will play in the games against them. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. MST.


Connecticut hosts Phoenix in a WNBA second-round playoff game Thursday night. Game starts 5 p.m. MST.


FORT YATES, N.D. — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving travels to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota to be honored by the tribe. Irving, whose late mother was once part of the tribe, expressed his support during the tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos, video. Developing from morning ceremonies.


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