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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

January 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

LEGISLATURE-NEW LEADERS

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Utah Legislature’s 2019 session will open Monday with new faces in several leadership roles, while taxes, education and Medicaid expansion are expected to be among the big issues this year. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 510 words.

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_ STATE LEGISLATURES-WOMEN: After a record-setting election, women have made only modest gains among the top leadership positions in state legislatures. An Associated Press review has found that women will hold at least 34 of the 195 top spots in House and Senate chambers across the country. That’s up slightly from 30 leadership positions last year. Women’s advocates say it could take some time for female lawmakers to rise to leadership positions. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 960 words, photos, graphic.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS

PARK CITY, Utah _ It’s not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival’s only screening of “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary about their stories. By Lindsey Bahr.

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_ FILM-SHIA LABEOUF: — Shia LaBeouf latest film was born in an unusual place — court-ordered rehab. The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical “Honey Boy” while he was being treated for substance abuse after a 2017 arrest. By Ryan Pearson. SENT: 400 words, photos.

_ SUNDANCE FILM-FESTIVAL-LATE NIGHT: The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy “Late Night” is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match. Amazon Studios on Saturday purchased the film for a U.S. distribution deal of $13 million, a record for the festival. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMINGL Expanded version, photos.

GOVERNMENT REOPENS-BACK TO WORK

National park rangers were once again greeting visitors at many parks across the United States and flight operations at major airports were returning to normal one day after a record 35-day government shutdown came to an end. While there were signs Saturday that some government machinery was grinding back to life, many workers approached the end of the shutdown with cautiousness, saying they would continue to restrict spending amid fears that another shutdown could happen in weeks. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ECONOMIC IMPACT: The government shutdown left an especially painful toll for African-Americans who make up nearly 20 percent of the federal workforce and historically have been on the low end of the government pay scale. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says African-Americans make up about 18 percent of the federal workforce of approximately 2.1 million employees. By Corey Williams. SENT: 990 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-ARCHIE ARCHULETA: Utah officials reacted Saturday with expressions of respect and sadness to the death Friday night of Robert “Archie” Archuleta, a leader of the state’s Hispanic community and prominent civil rights activist. He was 88.

_ TEMPLE CLOSURE: The Mormon church says its temple in St. George, Utah, will close Nov. 4 for a major renovation expected to take several years.

_ MISSING SNOWMOBILER-AVALANCHE: A search is underway in southeastern Utah for a snowmobiler buried by an avalanche.

EXCHANGE-UTAH STATE REPTILE

SALT LAKE CITY — The Gila monster, a venomous and slow-moving lizard native to the Southwestern United States, could be joining the Rocky Mountain elk, the California gull, the Bonneville cutthroat trout and the Dutch oven as an official symbol of the state of Utah — if some seventh-grade students get their say. By Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 510 words.

SPORTS

BKC--UTAH-CALIFORNIA

BEREKLEY, Calif. _ Utah plays California at Haas Pavilion.

BKC--UTAH STATE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Utah State plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

BKC--WEBER STATE-MONTANA

MISSOULA, Mont. _ Weber State plays Montana at Dahlberg Arena.

BKC--UTAH VALLEY-CHICAGO STATE

CHICAGO _ Utah Valley plays Chicago State at Jones Convocation Center.

BKN--76ERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Denver Nuggets.

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