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AP-UT--Utah News Digest - 6 pm, UT

January 6, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING SATURDAY:

DRUG COURTS

OGDEN, Utah — Fewer people are enrolling in Utah’s drug courts, which are designed to give addicts a path to recovery, after the state launched criminal justice reform three years ago that reduced some drug felonies to misdemeanors, the Standard-Examiner in Ogden reports. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

UPCOMING SUNDAY:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state lawmakers are considering options to push cities to create more zoning for multifamily housing to help ease the statewide problem of lack of affordable housing, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Among the ideas is charging fees to cities who don’t have enough affordable housing. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

UPCOMING MONDAY:

UTAH LEGISLATURE-TAX REFORM

SALT LAKE CITY — On the heels of a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws signed by President Donald Trump in December, Utah lawmakers on Monday will preview their plans to reform Utah’s state tax system once the legislative session starts later this month. By Michelle L. Price. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m. MT.

TOP STORIES:

VENEZUELA-JAILED AMERICAN

CARACAS, Venezuela — The top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela urged authorities Friday to ensure transparency in the case of a jailed American from Utah whose trial has become another sore spot in relations between the two nations. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos XFLL106, XFLL107.

RECORDED DEATH-SUICIDE LAW

SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah state lawmaker wants to specifically outlaw assisted suicide after a man was accused of helping a teenager kill herself and filming the act. SENT: 460 words.

COLORADO RIVER FORECAST

LAS VEGAS — Rocky Mountains snowpack that feeds Colorado River water supplies was 20 percent below average in December in some areas, prompting a prediction that the key water source for seven U.S. states could flow at 54 percent of its average volume during the April-July snowpack runoff period. SENT: 570 words, with AP Photos UTSAC501, LA502, LA501.

REFERS:

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS-SNOWPACK

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — America’s space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick. NASA’s earth science arm is funding research that recruits citizen scientists on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to measure the depth of snow in backcountry locations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. By Dan Joling. SENT: 740 words, with AP Photo PDX801.

SPORTS:

BKN-JAZZ-NUGGETS

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets host the Utah Jazz in NBA basketball. Tip 7 p.m. MST.

OLY-SPD-US LONG TRACK TRIALS

MILWAUKEE — Brittany Bowe had the quickest time after the first heat of the 500 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, with longtime rival Heather Bergsma right behind. By Beth Harris. SENT: 280 words. Will be updated. With AP photos.

BKC-T25-ARIZONA-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — The Arizona Wildcats were repeatedly punched in the proverbial mouth as Utah put together a furious second-half rally in the Pac-12 showdown. By Sports Writer Kareem Copeland. SENT: 700 words, with AP Photos UTRB108, UTRB107, UTRB106, UTRB106, UTRB104, UTRB101, UTRB103, UTRB102.

BKC-BYU-SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO — Elijah Bryant had 17 points and Yoeli Childs scored nine of his 13 in the final 10 minutes to help BYU pull away late for a 69-59 win over San Francisco on Thursday night. SENT: 190 words.

— BKC-SOUTHERN UTAH-IDAHO ST — Brandon Boyd scored 24 points and Jared Stutzman drilled 5 of 9 from long range for 23 as Idaho State pulled away from Southern Utah in the second half for a 93-78 win on Thursday night.

— BKC-N ARIZONA-WEBER ST — Jerrick Harding scored 17 points and led six players into double-figure scoring as Weber State pummeled Northern Arizona, 95-55 in a Big Sky Conference contest on Thursday night.

IN BRIEF:

— SENATE-UTAH-ROMNEY — A conservative super PAC that backed Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s Senate campaign is urging Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love to run for retiring Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat and thwart and expected campaign from Mitt Romney.

— MINE WASTE SPILL-LAWSUIT — Utah has added the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a contractor as defendants in the state’s lawsuit over a mine waste spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states.

— BIGHORN SHEEP-ROUNDUP — Bighorn sheep used to roaming rocky cliffs on an island in the Great Salt Lake found themselves in even higher altitudes Friday as they soared through the air on slings attached to helicopters.

— TRUMP-ROMNEY — The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has expressed interest in running for the U.S. Senate in Utah.

— BITCOIN WARNING — Utah’s regulators are warning investors that bitcoin and other digital currencies are risky investments that investigators say could be linked to fraudsters.

— MISSING TEEN-GRAND CANYON — A teenager who had been missing in the wilderness north of the Grand Canyon has been found cold and hungry, but safe.

— FLU SPREADING — The Utah Department of Health says the flu has become widespread in the state, and the number of cases is expected to continue rising.

— KIDS LOCKED IN TRUNK — A 40-year-old Utah woman who admitted locking her two young children in the trunk of the car while she shopped at a Wal-Mart store has been ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and sentenced to a year’s probation.

— UTAH COLLEGE-PRESIDENT FIRED — The ex-president of a technical college in southern Utah who was fired earlier this week says she was the victim of blackmail by a disgruntled former employee.

— FATAL SHOOTING-PROVO — A 19-year-old Utah man has been sentenced to up to life in prison for his role in a botched robbery that left a man dead at a home in Provo in March.

— CITY TRUCK STOLEN — Police are searching for the thief that stole a Provo City Power truck.

UTAH AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

THEATER CAT

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s more than a coincidence that the white-haired stray hanging around Salt Lake Acting Company happens to be a drama cat. The apparent stray started roaming the Marmalade neighborhood regularly in the chill of last winter. By midsummer, staffers realized the cat consistently showed up every night at 6:30, just as theatergoers started arriving for “Saturday’s Voyeur” shows. By Ellen Fagg Weist of The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 360 words, with AP Photo UTSAC201. Moved late Thursday, for release at will.

CARBON COUNTY-OPIOIDS

PRICE, Utah — Jeff Wood had just won election as Carbon County sheriff when his friend died of an opioid overdose in December 2014. As he walked into the funeral home for his friend’s viewing, he noticed two other viewings under way. By Marjorie Cortez of The Deseret News. SENT: 1,300 words, with AP Photos UTSAL203, UTSAL202, UTSAL201, UTSAL204. Moved late Thursday, for release at will.

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