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Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Arizona. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Paul Davenport or Walter Berry at 602-258-8934. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

UPDATE:

- ADDS MARIJUANA RESEARCH-PROFESSOR FIRED.

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KIDS IN CAR

PHOENIX - A deal with prosecutors would allow a Phoenix woman to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Friday his office and 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor have an agreement under which he’ll dismiss two felony child abuse charges against her if she meets several conditions. Authorities arrested Taylor after bystanders reported seeing her two sons alone in her car. Taylor told police that she wasn’t able to find a baby-sitter for the boys. By Terry Tang. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Update from court proceeding, Taylor news conference.

MARIJUANA RESEARCH-PROFESSOR FIRED

TUCSON, Ariz. -The firing of a University of Arizona faculty member who was researching the effects of medical marijuana on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has ended the only federally-approved research into the matter. Medical marijuana activist says this sets back progress on treatment for military veterans who suffer from PTSD. By Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m. MST.

ARIZONA EXECUTION-WOOD

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court hears arguments Friday over whether to postpone a Wednesday execution for an Arizona death row inmate until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court’s decision last week that rejected arguments that the prisoner’s First Amendment rights were violated by the state’s refusal to reveal the drug makers and other details. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m. MST.

MURDER- VICTIM-DISMEMBERED

KINGMAN, Ariz. - A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced in the shotgun killing of a man whom the defendant mistakenly thought had molested his young daughter. A Mohave County Superior Court judge on Thursday refused to allow George Allen Loader to have a chance at release after 25 years in prison. According to Judge Steven Conn, “this wasn’t just a murder.” Loader was convicted of killing 51-year-old John Oppenheim and then sawing up and burning the victim’s body to dispose of it in the desert. UPCOMING: 130 words by 10:30 a.m. MST, then 300 words by 1 p.m. MST.

ALSO: MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT. STOLEN HAZARDOUS EQUIPMENT. NAVAJO SLUSH FUNDS. GLENDALE HOMICIDE. SEARCHES-NO WARRANT. TAXI-CARJACKING ROBBERY.

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