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BC-AZ--Arizona Coverage Advisory, AZ

January 3, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 SHERIFF-PARDON

PHOENIX _ The Justice Department won’t appeal the court-ordered appointment of a special prosecutor to defend a ruling that refused to erase the criminal record of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was pardoned. The special prosecutor’s appointment came after the Justice Department refused to defend a ruling that dismissed the lawman’s case but refused to expunge his record. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m. with photos.

AIR QUALITY

SALT LAKE CITY _ A coalition of environmental groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it will sue if the US governmental agency doesn’t hold Utah and Arizona accountable for missing a deadline to submit plans to clean up air pollution, which is particularly problematic in the winter months in Utah. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 450 words.

LONGTIME DJ-PRISON DEDICATIONS

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ For almost eight decades, long-time DJ Art Laboe has played popular rock ‘n’ roll and R&B songs to adoring fans in Southern California. He is credited with helping integrate popular dancing halls among whites, blacks and Latinos. Now celebrating his 75 years in radio, Laboe remains beloved by generations of Mexican Americans who share his love of oldies. He also has a devoted following among those who give dedications to loved ones in prison. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 700 words with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL: Navajo legislation on tribal energy company withdrawn

_ FIREWORKS FIRE: Discarded fireworks called likely cause for Cottonwood fire.

_ INTERSTATE 17-FATAL COLLISION: A deadly crash closed southbound Interstate 17 near Sunset Point north of Black Canyon City for about four hours Thursday morning, causing a long backup of traffic on the route between metro Phoenix and northern Arizona’s high country.

SPORTS:

BKC--PAC-12 THIS WEEK

Colorado at Arizona State pits the Pac-12′s two best records in the nonconference season against each other. The Oregon and Washington schools kick off their conference schedules with rivalry games. SENT: 400 words.

OILERS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Connor McDavid scored two goals and assisted on another to help the Edmonton Oilers end a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. McDavid raised his team-leading total to 61 points. He has 23 goals and 38 assists. By Jose M. Romero. SENT: 600 words with photos.

BKC--UTAH-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. _ Utah plays Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena.

BKC--COLORADO-ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Colorado plays Arizona at McKale Center.

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