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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

August 10, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PHOENIX — A staffer for Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia has resigned after a website unearthed tweets from her account showing disparaging remarks about law enforcement. By Melissa Daniels. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.


PHOENIX — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Sen. Jeff Flake’s adult son over now-dismissed animal cruelty charges he faced in the 2014 heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his then-in-laws. Austin Flake and his ex-wife Logan Brown lost the lawsuit against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County at a trial late last year. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 510 words, photos.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial rafting trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 670 words.


AURORA, Colorado — A Nevada inmate convicted of attacking a couple with an ax handle after escaping from two Arizona sheriff’s deputies being charged with killing four people with a hammer in suburban Denver over 30 years ago, authorities announced Friday. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 690 words, photos.


SALT LAKE CITY — A judge who ordered a Utah county to put a Navajo man back on the ballot says the county clerk violated state statute and overstepped his role in handling the complaint about the man’s residency. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 940 words (updates slug from Navajo Voting to Navajo Voting-Utah Candidate).


DILLEY, Texas — A family immigration lockup in rural south Texas has become an epicenter for immigration policies that the Trump administration has tried to tighten. Housing 1,520 mothers and their children, about 10 percent are families who were temporarily separated under a “zero tolerance policy” that has since been reversed. Federal authorities say the detention center is informal whenever possible and accommodating to families — but advocates counter that problems remain. By Will Weissert. SENT: 910 words, photos.


A San Francisco-based bank’s decision to divest from fossil fuels has been met with threats of retaliation in states such as Wyoming that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Mead Gruver. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.


MINNEAPOLIS — Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy, the world-renowned health care organization announced Friday. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Photos.


—MINE WASTE SPILL-LAWSUIT: A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

—HEROIN SMUGGLER: Authorities seized 92 pounds (42 kilograms) of heroin valued at more than $870,000 from an 81-year-old woman attempting to smuggle the drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

—ARIZONA WEATHER: A Tempe freeway was reopened before the Friday morning commute after being closed several hours due to flooding from storms with heavy rain and strong winds downed power lines and trees across metro Phoenix.

— POLICE PEPPER-SPRAYED SENTENCE: A man accused of pepper-spraying three Glendale police officers last month has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL-THEFT: Arizona prosecutors say a state grand jury has indicted the former business manager for the Western Arizona Vocational Education District for allegedly stealing money from the district.

— AIR QUALITY-METRO PHOENIX: Environmental regulators have issued an ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix.

— BORDER-CONVICTED RAPIST: The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year after he tried to illegally re-enter the United States.


HOUSTON — The most terrifying pitcher ever to have called the Astrodome home slowly pushes himself up from a couch and lumbers, at 68 years old, into a small room overcrowded with 100 of Houston’s homeless and neediest people. By Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 2,660 words.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona set a school record for losses last year and is in its worst three-year stretch in 27 years. Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy knows that needs to change the upcoming seasons. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 7200 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds open a weekend series, with Clay Buchholz (5-1) facing Anthony DeSclafani (5-3). UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m. MST.


NEW YORK — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx are back in the postseason. The defending champions still have a long way to go to get a bye or two in the first round. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 630 words.


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