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BC-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

December 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MORMONS-SALT LAKE COUNTY

SALT LAKE CITY _ Fewer than half of the residents in Utah’s largest county, Salt Lake County, belong to the Mormon church, new figures show, the lowest percentage since 1930 and a significant milestone that illustrates how the state is gradually becoming more religiously diverse. SENT: 500 words.

TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

IDAHO TEST REACTOR

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 930 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISNEY ACTOR FIRED: Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been fired after he was arrested in Salt Lake City for allegedly attempting to have a sexual relationship with an online acquaintance he believed was 13.

_ MISSILE PARTS-AUDIT: A Department of Defense audit found that $53 million of ballistic missile motors stored at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah were inaccurately designated as not working.

_ WILD HORSES-UTAH: Federal land managers have cleared the way for population control measures for the wild horses in the Onaqui Mountains southwest of Salt Lake City.

_ HILL AFB-FIGHTERS: The 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah is starting to fill up its planned roster of F-35A fighters.

_ SECURITIES FRAUD-INVESTORS: A California man who was the founder and president of a natural gas and oil company in Utah faces charges in that state alleging he defrauded investors.

SPORTS:

FBC--NEW MEXICO BOWL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ North Texas takes on the coach-in-transition Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque in what is expected to be a high-flying offensive shootout. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKN--JAZZ-MAGIC

MEXICO CITY _ Orlando will play their second game in Mexico. For the third straight year Mexico will two regular season games. The 2018 games will mark the 27th and 28th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside the United States and Canada. By Carlos Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. EST.

BKC--UTAH-KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 19 Kentucky returns from last week’s loss to Seton Hall to host Utah. UPCOMING. 550 words and photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. EST.

BKC--BYU-UNLV

PARADISE, Nev. _ BYU plays UNLV at T-Mobile Arena.

BKC--ALABAMA STATE-UTAH STATE

LOGAN, Utah _ Alabama State plays Utah State at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

BKC--WEBER STATE-UTAH VALLEY

OGDEN, Utah _ Utah Valley plays Weber State at Dee Events Center.

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