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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

March 23, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s an updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Utah.

Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Salt Lake City bureau at 801-322-3405 or apsaltlake@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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SALT LAKE CITY _ Utah landlords are struggling with an increasing number of renters claiming their pets are emotional support animals and not subject to pet deposits and pet rents, making it difficult to decipher which renters legitimately need the pets for medical reasons and which renters have fraudulently obtained a license to have an emotional support animal. SENT:L 590 words.


WICHITA, Kan. _ The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a Kansas death penalty case that could have implications for mentally ill defendants across the nation.. In Kansas, defendants can cite “mental disease or defect” as a partial defense but must prove that they didn’t intend to commit the crime. Other states with similar laws are Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Utah. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 600 words, photos.


_ BYU-POLICE DECERTIFICATION: Brigham Young University has vowed to fight to keep its police department, as the state plans to decertify the force.

_ INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE-FUNDING: The agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians has received funding to continue planning for and building facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-HARRISVILLE: Police in the northern Utah city of Harrisville say a man was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot multiple times during an encounter with officers responding to a report of domestic disturbance.



CHICAGO _ CHICAGO _ Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz look to get back to winning against Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. The Jazz had a five-game winning streak stopped by Atlanta on Thursday, while the Bulls have won two in a row after dropping five straight. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.


STANFORD, Calif. _ West Coast Conference champion BYU (25-6), a seventh seed, takes on No. 10 Auburn (22-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament - with the programs playing for the first time. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 12:30 p.m. PDT.


LOS ANGELES _ The Real Salt Lake plays at the Los Angeles FC.


The NCAA Tournament’s 64-team bracket has been cut in half, and from Zion Williamson to Ja Morant to RJ Barrett, no fewer than a dozen potential lottery picks are still in the tournament, only one win away from the Sweet 16. If even half of them make it, they’ll way outshine some classes from recent years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 820 words, photos.


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