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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

January 1, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CONGRESS-TRUMP CRITICS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are days away from completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters. SENT: 930 words.

ALSO:

_PHOENIX ARENA’S FUTURE: The first of five public meetings is being held Saturday to discuss a proposed $230 million renovation of the Talking Stick Resort Arena that would keep the Suns basketball team downtown.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-FIESTA BOWL

GLENDALE, Ariz. — No. 7 UCF vies for its second straight undefeated season and self-proclaimed national championship when it faces No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 11:15 a.m.

FBC--LSU-SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

BATON ROUGE, La. — A prosecutor says two LSU football players appear to have responded with justifiable force when they fatally shot an 18-year-old man who was allegedly trying to rob them at gunpoint. SENT: 300 words.

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