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AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

October 13, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

BEAUTY PAGEANT ALLEGATIONS

PHOENIX — A former Miss Arizona and two past contestants say pageant organizers bullied, belittled or forced them to lie but top officials dispute the allegations. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

CONGRESS-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders are signaling they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and Trump is revving up rally crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a White House priority. By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ARIZONA WEATHER: The National Weather Service on Saturday issued flash flood warnings for Maricopa County in south-central Arizona and Pinal County in southeastern Arizona due to heavy rain falling in metro Phoenix and other desert communities.

— BODY BURIED IN GUN SAFE: A 59-year-old Phoenix man is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend and putting her body in a gun safe that he welded shut and buried in the desert.

— ELECTRIC CAR PLANT-INCENTIVES: Local governments are discussing proposals to provide incentives to a Saudi-backed California startup electric car maker that plans to build a plant in south-central Arizona.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-ARIZONA: The soggy weather brought by Tropical Storm Rosa has provided some surface-level drought relief in Arizona.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CHANDLER: Chandler police say officers fatally shot an armed man during the second of encounters outside his home.

SPORTS:

FBN--CARDINALS-VIKINGS PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — Just like Larry Fitzgerald, Adam Thielen grew up in Minnesota trying to emulate star Vikings wide receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss. Fitzgerald makes what could be his last visit to his hometown as an NFL player with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, with Thielen in a starring role with the Vikings. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ICYMI: FBC--ARIZONA-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — Tyler Huntley is flashing his familiar gap-toothed smile a lot more often these days. “Man, that was pretty tight,” Huntley said with a wide grin after he threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and caught a 58-yard TD pass, leading Utah past Arizona 42-10 on Friday night. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BKN--NBA PLAYER TECHNOLOGY

Wearable technology has been around the NBA for the past several seasons. It’s not permitted on game nights, and anything specific about processes the 30 teams are using falls into the category of closely guarded secrets. And when it comes to coaches deciding what play to call in the final seconds with a game on the line, it doesn’t seem to have an impact quite yet. But in this information age, NBA teams are desperate for any edge and many are committed to try and turn data into wins. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 880 words.

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