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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

December 31, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

GRAND CANYON CENTENNIAL

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ The Grand Canyon is celebrating 100 years as a national park in 2019. Centennial events include Teddy Roosevelt impersonators, a historical symposium and efforts to get visitors beyond the popular South Rim. More than 6 million tourists go to the Grand Canyon each year. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 820 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-TRUMP DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

CHILD DEAD-BORDER

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala — White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old. Taped to the wall were three photos, a simple epitaph for the boy whose memory the makeshift altar honored: “Felipe Gomez Alonzo. Died Dec. 24 2018 in New Mexico, United States.” By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

STATE LEGISLATURES-2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Governors and lawmakers in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico are among others considering a funding boost for schools. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_PHOENIX HOMICIDE: Arizona authorities say five people have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting at a Phoenix apartment complex over the weekend.

_TUCSON-HISTORIC HOMES: Two homes in the foothills of Tucson are the first to be given historic landmark status by Pima County.

SPORTS:

FBN--CARDINALS WRAP-UP

TEMPE, Ariz. _ The future of Cardinals coach Steve Wilks hung in the balance a day after the team had one of its worst seasons in franchise history. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena. The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason. The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 870 words, photos.

_BKN--Warriors-Suns

_BKC--Montana State-Northern Arizona

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