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AP-UT--Utah News Digest, UT

November 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah and U.S. government officials will launch a study this month to determine the extent of mining pollution in Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. Heavy metals washed into Lake Powell over the decades by flash flooding will be dug up to assess metal concentrations. The lake is a key part of a water system that provides drinking water to 40 million people in the Southwest. SENT: 310 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is seeking a court order to allow 100 tribal members to fix deficiencies in early ballots so their votes in the Nov. 6 general election can be counted. The request has the potential to delay the state’s certification of ballots, scheduled for Dec. 3. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 680 words.


LAS VEGAS — A UNLV geology professor recently identified fossilized track from a long-gone reptile on a fallen slab of rock along one of Grand Canyon National Park’s best-known trails. Steve Rowland says it’s the oldest vertebrate tracks in Grand Canyon. UPCOMING: About 500 words.


Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. In the last two years alone, storms and natural disasters have killed scores of people, damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and cost tens of billions of dollars. By Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.


SALEM, Ore. — After surviving firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of a new elite crew are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back in the United States. The hotshot crew is made up of military veterans. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Utah lawmakers and others involved in forging legislation to revise a voter-approved medical marijuana law say they’ve settled on a new version for consideration during an anticipated December special session.

— DOG SHOOTS MAN: Authorities say a man hunting ducks was wounded in the arm when a shotgun discharged after apparently being bumped or knocked over by his dog.



SALT LAKE CITY — No. 18 Utah is looking to claim its eighth straight victory over BYU in one of the college football’s most intense rivalries on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.


BOISE, Idaho — Utah State plays Boise State at Albertsons Stadium.


PROVO, Utah — Houston plays BYU at Marriott Center.


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