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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest- 6 pm , AZ

March 23, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NAVAJO COAL PLANT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Navajo Nation company has ended its bid to buy a coal-fired power plant on the reservation and the mine that feeds it. SENT: 150 words. SENT: 670 words.

TRIPLE KILLING-SENTENCING

PHOENIX _ Sentencing is scheduled Friday for a man convicted of murder in the deaths seven years ago of a cigar salesman in Phoenix and a couple from an upscale suburb in two burglaries that ended with the victims being killed and their homes set on fire.. SENT: 730 words.

ARIZONA COLLEGE TUITION

PHOENIX _The presidents of Arizona’s three universities asked Friday to raise freshman tuition by 3 percent or less next year, releasing their opening proposals as budget talks heat up in the Legislature. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 540 words.

IMMIGRATION-FLIGHT ATTENDANT DETAINED

HOUSTON — A flight attendant who traveled to Mexico for work while enrolled in a program for immigrants brought to the United States as children has been detained by U.S. immigration authorities for more than a month, her attorney said Friday. SENT: 480 words.

ROUTE 66-LOSING PRESERVATION

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ An endangered federal program that’s helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades is issuing its last call for grants and the future of the program remains uncertain. By Russell Contreras. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 475 words.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO-ASYLUM

SAN FRANCISCO _ A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_EARLY VOTING-IDENTIFICATION: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation requiring identification to cast a ballot at an early voting center.

_ARIZONA COPPER MINE: Hudbay Minerals Inc. says its planned new open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona mountains near Tucson has cleared the final permitting step with U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the projects operations plan.

_TUCSON-DIVESTMENT LIST: Tucson contractor says the city is wrong to include the company on a list of firms it won’t invest in over ties to President Donald Trump’s effort to build a border wall.

_FREEWAY CLOSURES-POLICE SITUATION: A 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch of a freeway was closed in a Phoenix suburb during the Friday morning commute as police responded to an incident that involved a reported altercation and a car crash that sent at least one person to a hospital.

_ ATTORNEY GENERAL-KANEFIELD: A lawyer who served as former Gov. Jan Brewer’s general counsel and before that as Brewer’s elections director when she was secretary of state is returning to state government, this time as Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s top aide.

_CHILD EXPLOITATION-INDICTMENTS: Four Arizona men are accused of using the internet to lure children for sex acts. _ DEAD BODY-MESA CANAL: Police in Mesa say the body of a man found in a canal earlier this week has been identified.

— WIFE FATALLY STABBED: Authorities say an Arizona man has been arrested after his wife was stabbed to death.

EXCHANGE: POLYGAMOUS WORSHIP CENTER

COLORADO CITY, Arizona — They walked through the same double doors they used to, past the foyer and into the meeting hall — a 10,000-square-foot room with a stage on one end and a pulpit and stadium seating on the other. The polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints used to hold services here, in the Leroy S. Johnson Meetinghouse in Colorado City, Ariz. One by one, people have left that church, or were kicked out. Once they were gone, they weren’t allowed back inside this building. By Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake City Tribune. SENT: 1,020 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-ARIZONA ST-BUFFALO

TULSA, Okla. — Looking like a No. 6 seed no one wants to play, high-scoring Buffalo breezed into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

FBN--RULES PROPOSALS

Reviewing penalty calls, including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand replay when they meet next week in Phoenix. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 745 words.

BKN--SUNS-FREDETTE

PHOENIX— Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA. The Phoenix Suns signed Fredette for the rest of the season Friday with a team option for 2019-20.

BKC--NCAA-BULLS-ARIZONA STATE

TULSA, Okla. _ Buffalo coach Nate Oats matches up with his former boss, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game time: 3 p.m. CDT.

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke. Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday. By Basketball Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 1000 words, photos

BKW--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

NEW YORK — It’s going to be tough to top last season’s NCAA women’s tournament after one of the most exciting Final Four in the sports’ history. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 590 words, photos.

LPGA TOUR

PHOENIX _ Second day of coverage of the LPGA Tour in USA.

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