BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ

Good afternoon. 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-ARIZONA

PHOENIX — Organizations working to help Arizona residents enroll in health insurance plans on the federal exchange say a steady flow of people continue signing up as the midnight Tuesday deadline loomed to get coverage that starts Jan. 1. While current numbers for the state weren't available, about 20 percent of Arizonans don't have insurance, but at least 300,000 are expected to get Medicaid coverage starting Jan. 1. That leaves about 700,000 people without insurance, many eligible to buy it through the exchange. By Brian Skoloff. SENT: xxx words. Should stand.

AIR QUALITY-METRO PHOENIX

PHOENIX — Gathering around a fire is a mainstay in many Christmas celebrations, but concerns over pollution have prompted environmental regulators to bar people in Maricopa County from starting wood-burning fires on Tuesday and Wednesday. A small team of inspectors will drive around neighborhoods to seek out violators and respond to complaints of wood burning. First-time violators will receive a warning, while repeat offenders can face fines as much as $250 per violation. SENT: 300 words. Should stand.

HEARTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs. The brothers, then ages 7 and 10, could barely walk before having heart transplants just a month apart. As they flew up the steps two at a time, jostling and shouting, she recalled, "my friend turned to me and said, 'Are YOU ready to get one now?'" The Kremis family moved from Arizona to live with Kremis' parents in San Marcos so they could to be close to the pediatric cardiology team at UCLA. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Should stand.

COAL MINE-NAVAJO NATION

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Members of the Navajo Nation Council tabled a proposal that would let disputes over a northwestern New Mexico coal mine that's being bought on behalf of the nation be settled in state courts rather than tribal courts. The Farmington Daily Times reports that the decision to table the proposal Monday stemmed from discussion among Council delegates during the meeting in Window Rock over whether it required a super majority for passage. Delegates will revisit the Navajo Mine proposal Friday. SENT: 370 words. Should stand.

ALSO: CHILD DEATH-COMPETENCY, PLANE DIVERTED-LAS VEGAS, OAK RIDGE-MANAGER, CHRISTMAS MUSIC-JAILS, FATAL ACCIDENTS-PEDESTRIANS, YAVAPAI COUNTY JUDGE and ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING.

SPORTS

There are currently no spot news stories on the horizon.

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