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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

January 4, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SALT LAKE CITY _ Nonprofits, businesses and state governments are paying bills and putting in volunteer hours to try and keep iconic national parks in the Western United States open, safe and clean for visitors as the U.S. government shutdown lingers. But it is a makeshift arrangement that hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and others from becoming overrun with trash, and the money and resources will soon run out if the shutdown caused by President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border continues much longer. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 800 words, photos.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Amid signs of Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown, congressional leaders planned to meet Friday with President Donald Trump after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not his border wall. By Matthew Daly, Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. EST White House meeting, new approach of 900 words by 3 p.m. EST, photos.


PHOENIX _ Prosecutors face a Friday deadline for responding to Jodi Arias’ appeal of her murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, then longer version, photo..


BILLINGS, Mont. _ As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 970 words, photos.


_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-GRANTS: Arizona ranchers can now apply for grants as part of an effort to research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves.

_ SMALL PLANE CRASH-PRESCOTT: Authorities say a small plane crash landed in Prescott, and no injuries were reported. According to the city, the crash happened Thursday afternoon at Prescott Regional Airport when the aircraft turned sharply, became inverted and came to rest upside down.

_ TEMPE-FATAL SHOOTING: A young woman is dead following a shooting in Tempe.



PHOENIX _ The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Phoenix Suns.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The New Jersey Devils make their lone visit to the desert this season to face the Arizona Coyotes. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m.


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