Share story

PHOENIX (AP) — 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

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



PHOENIX — Some Border Patrol agents have slashed and emptied water bottles placed at a remote desert camp by a humanitarian group, putting the travelers’ lives in danger, the organization says. A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the agents, says it does not condone such actions and will investigate any complaints against its officers. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 350 words.


PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature are proposing an increase in vehicle license fees as they make another effort to end years of raids on dedicated highway funding that has paid for Highway Patrol operations by. By Bob Christie. UPCOMING: 500 words.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s use of the terms “fake news” and “enemy of the people” is “shameful” and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday. In a speech on the Senate floor, Flake, of Arizona, called Trump’s repeated attacks on the media “repulsive” and said Trump “has it precisely backward.” By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words.


MIAMI — A determined “mama warrior” in South Florida is helping increasing numbers of immigrants with a legal tool that lets her act on behalf of children whose parents are detained or deported. By Gisela Salomon. SENT: 1,340 words, AP Photos, AP Video.


— DEMOCRATS-IMMIGRATION — Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats in Congress go to any lengths to protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation this week. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it’s not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 560 words, photos.


— MOTHER STRANGLED-DAUGHTER ARRESTED: Chandler police say a 59-year-old woman called 911 to report that she had strangled her mother after she “snapped” during an altercation with the 80-year-old woman.

— ABORTION FRAUD: The Arizona Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a woman serving a prison sentence for faking a cancer diagnosis to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion.

— ENDANGERED WOLVES-DEATH: Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf as wildlife managers prepare for an annual survey of the endangered species along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

— HANGING DOG RESCUED: Officials say a teen rescued a dog that she found hanging from a tree behind a home improvement store in Tucson.

— MURDER CHARGE-NO TRIAL: A 93-year-old southern Arizona man charged with killing an Eloy man will not stand trial after he was declared mentally incompetent.

— LUKE AFB-AIR SHOW: Luke Air Force Base officials have moved back the date for their 2018 air show by a week and say the base will host flights by the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team.



STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford seeks its fifth straight win when the Cardinal host No. 16 Arizona State. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP Photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. MST.


BERKELEY, Calif. — California hosts No. 14 Arizona in Pac-12 men’s basketball. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP Photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. MST.


Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will be the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs are joining the 13-member panel. College Football Playoff also announced the addition of six new committee members, replacing those whose terms had ended. Among them is former Arizona Republic sports columnist Paola Boivin. SENT: 330 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. McCutchen will prepare for spring training next month in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the chance to start fresh with a franchise that won World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 970 words, AP Photo.


If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at or 877-836-9477.