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BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

March 23, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ARIZONA HELICOPTER-CRASH REPORT

PHOENIX _ Federal investigators say a pilot flew a medical helicopter beyond its capabilities on a high-speed, low-level flight across mountainous east-central Arizona before it hit a slope on a ridge, killing two of the crew members aboard. By Paul Davenport. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

INTERSTATE 10-DUST WARNINGS

TUCSON, Ariz. _ An Arizona project to provide travelers on Interstate 10 with timely warnings about potentially deadly dust storms on a 10-mile stretch of highway between Phoenix and Tucson is just months from completion. SENT: 390 words.

TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Cost-cutting states are trying to keep schools happy as teacher unrest over low pay and overcrowded classrooms continues. But pressure from voters is forcing states to put more money on the table as much as picket lines. In Texas, Republican lawmakers have proposed $5,000 teacher raises and $9 billion in additional classroom funding. The proposals follow the GOP’s worst election in a generation in Texas. A nationwide teacher revolt began with walkouts in West Virginia in 2018. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 820 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CRASH-FATAL STABBING: A 25-yearw-old Phoenix man who authorities say was in a car with a woman is accused of fatally stabbing her after it went off a suburban freeway and crashed.

_ SWEAT LODGE-SEXUAL CONTACT: The FBI says a man who lived on a remote Arizona reservation known for its blue-green waterfalls has been sentenced to time served plus lifetime supervised release in a case involving sexual contact during a sweat lodge ceremony he performed.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-DEATHS: Arizona wildlife officials say three endangered Mexican gray wolves, including two in New Mexico, died last month.

_ OFFICER KILLED-MEMORIAL SERVICES: Memorial services have been set for a Phoenix police officer who was struck and killed while investigating a crash.

_ INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE-FUNDING: The agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians has received funding to continue planning for and building facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

SPORTS:

BKN--SUNS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Phoenix Suns visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PDT.

BKW--NCAA-ARIZONA ST-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ Miami has never won two games in an NCAA Tournament. The fourth-seeded Hurricanes will try to change that Sunday when they face fifth-seeded Arizona State for a trip to the Portland Regional. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HKN--COYOTES-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. _ NEWARK, N.J. _ With eight games left in the regular season, the Arizona Coyotes are just outside a wild-card playoff spot as they visit the New Jersey Devils for a matinee at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

BBN--CARDINALS-GOLDSCHMIDT

JUPITER, Fla. — Paul Goldschmidt wanted to stay in St. Louis, just like Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Matt Holliday. Acquired in December from Arizona, the six-time All-Star first baseman gave up a chance to become a free agent after this season when he finalized a new contract with the Cardinals on Saturday that guarantees an additional $130 million from 2020-24. By Chuck King. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-TOP TALENT

The NCAA Tournament’s 64-team bracket has been cut in half, and from Zion Williamson to Ja Morant to RJ Barrett, no fewer than a dozen potential lottery picks are still in the tournament, only one win away from the Sweet 16. If even half of them make it, they’ll way outshine some classes from recent years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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