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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HISTORIC THEATER

SALT LAKE CITY — The chances of preserving a historic Salt Lake City theater that hosted Abbott and Costello and Babe Ruth when it was the city's marquee venue in the 1930s are looking grim after a redevelopment agency reported that none of the options are feasible without millions in public funding. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

AP EXPLAINS-WILDFIRES-RUIN AND REGENERATION

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 950 words, photos;.

DRY ARIZONA-RESERVOIRS

PHOENX — Authorities say water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River's worsening "structural deficit." UPCOMING: 130 words, then 500 words.

SAGE GROUSE RULES-IDAHO LAWSUIT

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top state Republican leaders.

SPORTS:

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

It's September, which means rosters are expanded and there's enough room for speedster Terrance Gore to have a spot. The one-dimensional base stealer has resurfaced with the Chicago Cubs. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jason Witten followed longtime teammate Tony Romo from the playing field to a high-profile broadcast position. Witten is the lead analyst on ESPN's new 'Monday Night Football' crew with play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and on-field analyst Booger McFarland that debuts next week. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 900 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLYGAMOUS COMMUNITIES-FUNERAL: A second funeral has been held for the second wife of the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect whose members ran two communities on opposite sides of the Arizona-Utah border.

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