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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

UNDERAGE MARRIAGE BAN-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _ A proposal to ban most underage marriage in Utah has cleared its first hurdle with support from women who have left polygamous groups. Democratic sponsor Rep. Angela Romero said Monday that all unions involving people under 18 are associated with higher rates of divorce and lower levels of education. By Lindsay Whitehurst SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to Colorado River water is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best opportunities to tackle a long-standing environmental and human health hazard. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER _ A gold mining company said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is mishandling a Superfund cleanup of old mines in southwestern Colorado and suggested the EPA should be removed as the lead agency. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

HOMES-SOUTHWEST STYLE

A desert storm is brewing in the design world. Renewed interest in earthy color palettes, rich textures, tribal patterns and rustic elements has sparked a revival of Southwestern decorating style, long associated with homes in New Mexico and Arizona. The look is interesting and exciting but also warm and casual, designers say. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. SENT: 590 words, photos.

AP APPOINTMENT-WEST NEWS DIRECTOR

NEW YORK — Peter Prengaman, an award-winning multiformat global news manager, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’ West Region. As West News Director based in Phoenix, Prengaman will oversee a team of text, photo and video journalists responsible for general news, politics and enterprise in 13 western states. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Noreen Gillespie, deputy managing editor for U.S. News. SENT: 470 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BYU-POLICE DECERTIFICATION: Brigham Young University says it’ll appeal a state agency’s decision to decertify the police department of the university owned by the Mormon church because of how allegations of alleged misconduct were handled.

_ ICYMI: ALASKA-CRUISE SHIP DEATH: An attorney for the Utah man accused of killing his wife during a cruise to Alaska in 2017 says the parties hope to reach agreement on a plea and avert trial.

SPORTS:

DENVER _ More than 330 of college football’s best players are gathering in Indianapolis for the NFL’s annual combine, where they’ll be poked and prodded, timed and tested, quizzed and questioned. But not all of the players who will get drafted in April are on the invitation list this week. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

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