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

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PROVO, Utah — Utah statistics show violent crime is down in Utah, but the number of sexual assaults has increased again. SENT: 220 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Weeks after water rushed through a northern Arizona canyon, sending tourists fleeing to higher ground, the tribe that calls the canyon home is ready to welcome visitors back to its reservation known for towering blue-green waterfalls. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 500 words.


BOISE, Idaho — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes to battle flames are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. By Keith K. Ridler. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-UTAH: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he wants lawmakers to take action on medical marijuana regardless of whether a November ballot initiative to legalize it passes.

— RENO CASIONO SHOOTING-OFFICER JUSTIFIED: The district attorney has cleared Reno police of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting at a downtown casino of a Nevada man who skipped out on bail in Utah and committed a car-jacking in California.


SALT LAKE CITY — Scott Whipperman is a man on a mission. His task brings to mind the mythical figure Sisyphus, condemned to rolling a stone up a hill for eternity. Whipperman's rocks don't need to be moved but rather cleared of spray-painted graffiti that keeps reappearing — endlessly — on Little Cottonwood Canyon's granite boulders. Spray. Scrub. Rinse. Repeat. By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.



TUCSON, Ariz. — The Kevin Sumlin Era begins at Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats should be tested right away with BYU coming to town. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words.


The NCAA's new rule that makes it a touchback when there's a fair catch made inside the 25-yard line on a kickoff came into play only twice in the first four games of the season. Coaches say the will become more of a factor as teams' strengths, weaknesses and tendencies begin to emerge. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 800 words, photos.


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