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BC-UT--Utah News Digest , UT

December 22, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FIRES-FLOOD PREVENTION

PROVO, Utah _Utah County is asking the federal for $20 million to help protect waterways and prevent debris flow that could damage homes following a major fire last summer that forced the evacuations of dozens of homes. SENT: 410 words.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Christmas-season gridlock descended on the nation’s capital Saturday like an unwelcomed present just before the holiday as America’s elected leaders partially closed down the government over their inability to compromise on money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Lisa Mascaro, Mathew Daly and Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

With:

_ BC-US SHUTDOWN GLANCE.

_ US-SHUTDOWN IMPACT: The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

_ BC-AZ--SHUTDOWN-SOUTHWEST PARKS: Several national parks that are big tourist draws in the US Southwest remained open Saturday during the federal government shutdown while other parks and monuments locked their gates and doors. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Expanded version.

IN BRIEF:

_ NAVAJO NATION-MEDICAL EXAMINER: Legislation approved by the Navajo Nation Council would create a medical examiner’s department within the tribe’s Division of Public Safety.

SPORTS:

BKN--THUNDER-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Utah Jazz. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. MST.

BKC--BYU-SAN DIEGO STATE

SAN DIEGO _ BYU plays San Diego State at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.

BKC--SAM HOUSTON-UTAH VALLEY

OREM, Utah _ Sam Houston State plays Utah Valley at UCCU Center.

BKC--DELAWARE STATE-WEBER STATE

OGDEN, Utah _ Akron plays Nevada at Lawlor Events Center.

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