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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

May 18, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NAVAJO ELECTRICITY

KAIBETO, Ariz. _ An ambitious project to connect 300 homes to the electric grid on the Navajo Nation is wrapping up. Volunteer utility crews from across the United States have spent the past few weeks installing power poles and running electric lines on the Navajo Nation where an estimated 60,000 people live without power. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

SIKH TURBAN-GUCCI

PHOENIX _ The top civil rights organization for Sikhs in the United States says Nordstrom has apologized to the community for selling a turban they found offensive but is still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it. A senior fellow with the New York-based Sikh Coalition says the turban has a deep religious significance for the men of his faith. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BORDER MONEY

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has told lawmakers that it probably will cost more to care for migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico than the $2.9 billion in emergency money requested just two weeks ago. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 220 words.

METH SEIZURE

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. judge has sentenced a Mexican citizen to almost five years in federal prison after prosecutors say he brought 34 pounds of methamphetamine from Arizona to Montana. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LIGHT RAIL-EXTENSION OPENS: The metro Phoenix light rail line’s latest extension opened Saturday along with two new stations and a park-and-ride transit center.

_ ARIZONA UNEMPLOYMENT: Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in April, down from 5% in March.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-NAVAJO NATION: The Navajo Police Department said one person was killed Saturday in a shooting involving an officer who was not injured in the incident.

_ CIVIL AIR PATROL EXERCISE: The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is conducting an exercise featuring a simulated emergency to demonstrate to a U.S. Air Force evaluation team that it is ready to respond to an actual emergency.

SPORTS:

BBN--GIANTS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX _ San Francisco plays Arizona at Chase Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts Satruday night to Portland with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: Game starts6 p.m. PDT.

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