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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

March 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY _ As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the back burner as other matters consume the White House. By Brady McCombs and Matthew Brown. UPCOMNG: 130 words, then longer version.

CONVERSION THERAPY-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _ Protesters have called on Utah state leaders to denounce homophobia and transphobia after the collapse of a measure banning LGBTQ conversion therapy. The Monday protest was organized by University of Utah students who sent letters to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house, the Deseret News reported. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD WELFARE

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX _ A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. By Felicia Fonseca and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update.

MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BUNDY KILLING-DNA: Authorities say DNA testing helped them confirm notorious serial killer Ted Bundy also murdered a northern Utah teen.

SPORTS:

BKN--NBA-UNRULY BEHAVIOR

MIAMI _ NBA star Russell Westbrook vulgar and videotaped interaction with a fan in Utah was the talk of the league Tuesday, and the latest viral exchange with a ticketholder. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. EST.

With:

_ BKN--THUNDER-JAZZ: Russell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with fans. The All-Star guard ended up having the last word on the court, leading Oklahoma City over Utah after he was seen on video cursing at a man and his wife he believed used a racial taunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKC--PAC-12 TOURNAMENT

LAS VEGAS _ Washington should be in good shape for an NCAA Tournament bid. The Huskies would like to leave no doubt by earning the automatic bid that comes with winning the Pac-12 Tournament. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m.

BKC--AP ALL-PAC 12

LAS VEGAS _ The Pac-12 player of the year award often goes to the highest scorer or the best player on the best team. Washington’s Matisse Thybulle took home the honor by being a disruptive defensive force for the Pac-12 regular-season champions. By John Marshall. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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