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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

December 25, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

BISON ROUNDUP

SYRACUSE, Utah _ Once a year, hundreds of horseback riders gather on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake to nudge bison toward holding pens in an annual roundup of one of America’s largest and oldest public herds. By Rick Bowmer. UPCOMING: About 350 words. With AP Photos Gallery.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON WHEELS

ESCALANTE, Utah _ A former mayor in a small Utah town has constructed a unique way to spread Christmas cheer: A 200-foot-long light display on wheels, KSL-TV reports. UPCOMING: About 250 words.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-CHRISTMAS

WASHINGTON — The National Treasury Employees Union says some federal government employees already are feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown. A labor organization representing U.S. Treasury employees says federal workers around the country are cutting back on spending and changing holiday plans. The national Christmas tree was closed off to visitors earlier Monday, but it finally opened up and the lights returned as night fell on Christmas Eve. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 950 words. With AP photos.

ICYMI:

DISNEY ACTOR CHARGED

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been charged with six felony counts after authorities said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old boy. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 250 words. With AP photos.

SPORTS:

BKN-BLAZERS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Utah Jazz on Christmas Day. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. MST.

IN BRIEF:

_FOOTBALL PLAYER-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women has added two high-profile consultants to his defense team.

_ DUCK HUNTERS RESCUED _ Authorities say three stranded duck hunters stuck were rescued by a heavy-duty all-terrain vehicle plowing through invasive reeds on Christmas Eve.

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