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AP-UT--Utah News Coverage Advisory, UT

August 3, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHRIS STEWART-RUSSIA

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah insisted that President Donald Trump is standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin behind the scenes, which he said makes it frustrating that Trump’s tweets and fawning news conference have “clouded reality,” the congressman said during a forum in Salt Lake City. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

MINE WASTE SPILL-DAMAGES

DENVER — A year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promised to reconsider its decision not to reimburse hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims from a mine spill that the agency caused, nobody has been paid. The EPA said this week it’s still reviewing the claims, but there’s no word on when they’ll finish. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

BRIEFS:

— PAPA JOHN’S-UNIVERSITY OF UTAH: The University of Utah says it has closed the Papa John’s in the campus food court as it joins a long list of institutions cutting ties with the pizza company after the founder used a racial slur. The university said Wednesday in a statement that the racial slur used by Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s is in “direct opposition to our values.” The university says the Papa John’s was closed on July 20 and will be replaced by a new restaurant.

— ZION NATIONAL PARK-FALCONS: Zion National Park in Utah has reopened popular rock-climbing routes after peregrine falcons finished their nesting season on the cliffs. Park rangers say four juvenile falcons were raised successfully, two on Tunnel Wall and two on Angels Landing. Another nest and breeding pair were detected, but biologists did not record any successful offspring.

EXCHANGE UTAH CHERRY FARM

SANTAQUIN, Utah — Harvesting Utah’s tart cherry crop — the second largest in the country — is part physics, part mechanical ingenuity and a lot of wow. It happens like this: Two large pieces of farm equipment sidle up on either side of a tree laden with cherries. By Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 980 words, photos.

SPORTS:

FBC--OHIO STATE CAMP OPENS

Ohio State opens fall camp on Friday with a new guy at quarterback who might even be better than the last one. Dwayne Haskins Jr. showed in last season’s biggest game that he has the poise and arm to lead the Ohio State offense. Subbing for injured starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, the freshman came in and powered the Buckeyes to an electrifying come-from-behind win over Michigan. He takes the keys to the car after the departure of four-year starter Barrett. Ohio State opens the season Sept. 2. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon EDT. Will be updated after 5:30 p.m. EDT media availability.

BBO--NOW PITCHING

DENVER — Third baseman Pablo Sandoval made his debut on the mound this season. So have infielders Jose Reyes and Anthony Rizzo. The use of position players has become an increasing trend in baseball this season, especially in blowouts to save wear and tear on the bullpen. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

HALL OF FAME GAME

CANTON, Ohio — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason. There was a little spark of offense provided by Baltimore’s first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson in the second half of a 17-16 victory. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 670 words, photos.

DODGEBALL-UNORTHODOX PRO SPORTS

NEW YORK — Dodgeball is not just a Ben Stiller movie or anxiety-inducing gym class activity. It’s a professional sport, just like many games that were popularize in parks, schoolyards and even novels. The World Dodgeball Association, founded in 2013, is holding its second World Cup — this weekend in New York. Thirteen countries, including the U.S., will be represented at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for the biennial tournament. By Terrin Waack. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos.

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