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 Brady McCombs at 801-322-3405 or bmccombs@ap.org.

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MORMON CHURCH-NAACP

SALT LAKE CITY — Top Mormon leaders and national leaders from the NAACP will make a joint statement, but take no questions, on Thursday in Salt Lake City as part of the organization's visit to Utah that comes two weeks before the church hosts a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion's lay priesthood. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m.

VENEZUELA-JAILED-AMERICAN

CARACAS, Venezuela — A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for Americans' help getting out of a Caracas jail where he has been held for two years without trial. In two short videos shot on a cellphone and posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, Joshua Holt said his life was threatened during a disturbance by inmates who include President Nicolas Maduro's top opponents. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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BKN--NBA AWARDS FINALISTS

NEW YORK — Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA's MVP award. SENT: 160 words, photo.

BBA--ASTROS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0. Verlander was superb in ending his two-game skid, finishing with seven strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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