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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

September 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ARIZONA CRASH-IMMIGRANTS KILLED

PHOENIX — Court records show the driver and passenger of an SUV involved in a deadly head-on crash that left them and four Guatemalan men dead had been previously convicted of immigrant smuggling charges. Federal court records show 45-year-old driver Rodney Palimo pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting an alien. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

LAKE POWELL PIPELINE

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A federal agency’s decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it had submitted an order that it would only handle permitting for hydroelectric facilities in the 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline project. SENT: 350 words.

MORMONS-BOY SCOUTS

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church’s new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday. SENT: 440 words.

ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING

MINNEAPOLIS — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. South Dakota also opens early voting on Friday, and four more states follow in the next six days, including key states including New Jersey and Missouri. California, Montana and Arizona are among seven others that allow early voting in the subsequent two weeks. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 1,109 words, photos.

ALSO:

—ARIZONA PRIMARY-VOTING PROBLEMS: An initial report examining voting problems in the Phoenix area during the August primaries faults the Maricopa County recorder for not having a backup plan, proper monitoring of lines and an efficient system for setting up voting machines.

—SHOOTING-OFFICERS CLEARED: Three Lake Havasu City police officers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man earlier this year.

—CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS: Officials say hundreds of permits for getting Christmas trees in the Prescott National Forest will be available starting in mid-November.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The Colorado Rockies try to gain ground in the NL West, sending right-hander German Marquez to face right-hander Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-ARIZONA STATE-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE — Herm Edwards’ welcome to the Pac-12 with Arizona State comes against No. 10 Washington. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words.

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