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BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory, AZ

May 23, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

PHOENIX _ A state budget plan that legislative leaders negotiated with Gov. Doug Ducey could be set for final votes by the House and Senate as early as Thursday. By Bob Christie and Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years _ the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the exception of Phoenix and San Antonio, big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 430 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH-PROCESSION: Southbound traffic on a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 17 in Phoenix will face restrictions early Thursday afternoon due to a funeral procession for a Phoenix firefighter who officials say died of occupational cancer.

SPORTS

BKL-WNBA SEASON PREVIEW

NEW YORK — It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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