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BC-UT--Utah Coverage Advisory, UT

December 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SALT LAKE CITY _ New Year’s Eve revelers in Utah may find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns: If they drink and drive, they could get ensnared by the newest and lowest DUI threshold in the nation. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year — the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and newly empowered Democrats — as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power. By Juliet Linderman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.


_ UTAH FILM COMMISSION: The Utah Film Commission is touting the economic impacts of productions filmed in the state this year.


SMITHFIELD, Utah — Verna Trappett’s Christmas village collection began in 1989 with a chapel. Now the gift the Smithfield woman received almost 30 years ago is part of a tiny town of more than 400 structures that permanently reside in one of her spare bedrooms. “I have stories with just about everything,” Trappett said. “How I got them, where they came from.” By Matilyn Mortensen, The Herald Journal. SENT: 640 words.



Conference USA has radically altered its league basketball schedule in an effort to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament and get better seeds. The revolutionary schedule features four games that won’t be set until February, when the conference standings will determine the matchups. It’s one of a handful of mid-major leagues rethinking league schedules in hopes of having more success on Selection Sunday. By David Brants. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon EST.


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