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BC-UT--Utah News Coverage Advisory, UT

May 15, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ABORTION-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _Utah is defending its strict new abortion ban in court, but the prosecutor in the city with both of the state’s clinics says he won’t enforce the measure, joining a few other prosecutors around the U.S. pushing back against increasingly restrictive abortion laws. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

ALASKA-FLOATPLANES CRASH

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two sightseeing planes carrying cruise ship passengers in Alaska collided at about the 3,300-foot level before they crashed, the National Transportation Safety Board announced after a team arrived from Washington, D.C., to investigate the crash. A Utah man was among those killed. By Rachel D’Oro and Mark Thiesen. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

THE PIONEERS-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ David McCullough’s new book, “The Pioneers,” is facing strong criticism for romanticizing white settlers and deemphasizing the pain inflicted on Native Americans in the present-day American Midwest. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOME INVASION-CRASH: Salt Lake City police say one man is dead after what is reported as an attempted home invasion that led to gunfire and then a car crash.

_ UTAH HIGHWAYS-SNOW CLOSURES: Two northern Utah mountain highways popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts will remain closed past Memorial Day because of heavy snowpack and a state Department of Transportation spokesman says it’s not clear when they’ll be opened.

SPORTS:

BBM--ROAD TRIP FROM HELL

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ The Quad Cities River Bandits kicked off what was supposed to be their longest road trip of 2019 on Monday. Manager Ray Hernandez and his players couldn’t help but chuckle in exasperation. The River Bandits’ season _ vexed by flooding from the nearby Mississippi River _ devolved into an exhaustive road trek before it even started. Quad Cities will play at least 40 of their first 43 games away from home. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 7 p.m. CDT.

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