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AP-UT--Utah News Digest - 6 pm, UT

January 4, 2018

Good evening. 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 Brady McCombs 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OGDEN, Utah — The mother of a woman who died of blunt force injuries a day after she was booked into jail is suing the county. Cynthia Farnham-Stella of Reno, Nevada, tells the Standard-Examiner she hopes the case will usher in change in Utah, which has the country’s highest rate of jail deaths. UPCOMING: 300 words. Pursuing AP photos.



SALT LAKE CITY — The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion’s leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won’t make any major changes. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 775 words. With AP file photos.


SALT LAKE CITY — The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion’s leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won’t make any major changes. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, audio.



SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, the president of the Mormon church, has died. Monson spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,330 words, photos, audio.

REL-OBIT-THOMAS MONSON-REACTION — Condolences and remembrances poured for Mormon church leader Thomas S. Monson on Wednesday, the day after he died at age 90. They came from President Donald Trump, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leaders of other faiths and public figures like former vice president Al Gore.

REL--MORMON-PRESIDENTS-LIST — A list of the 16 presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the dates they held the position.



SALT LAKE CITY— Orrin Hatch’s decision to retire from the Senate after four decades allows the Utah Republican to walk away at the height of his power after pushing through a sweeping overhaul of the tax code and downsizing two national monuments. It also preserves the 83-year-old’s legacy by allowing him to avoid a bruising re-election battle that would have broken his promise to retire. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 900 words.


SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney is considering a new career in Congress. Those who know Romney best expect him to announce plans to seek Republican Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat now that Hatch has announced his retirement. By Steve Peoples and Michelle L. Price. SENT: 820 words, photo.


SALT LAKE CITY — A couple who recently moved to Utah from Switzerland may have planned a murder suicide together that left them and two children dead, according to newly unsealed search warrants. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 400 words.


COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON — Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued Washington state over the project.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans in Western Conference action. The Jazz are 2.5 games behind the Pelicans, who currently hold the final playoff spot in the West. By Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah seemed on shaky ground after an 8-3 start that failed to feature a significant win and saw tough losses against UNLV, Butler and BYU. The Utes, however, swept their Pac-12 opening road series against Oregon and Oregon State. Utah played its best ball over the weekend behind transfer Justin Bibbins and will find out if it was a fluke this week against No. 14 Arizona and No. 4 Arizona State. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 775 words.


— UTAH MAN-TRUMP THREAT — A U.S. grand jury has charged a Utah man with threatening to kill President Donald Trump during his visit last month to announce changes to two national monuments.

— NAVAJO NATION-DIRECTOR QUITS — The director of the Navajo Nation’s Division of Economic Development has stepped down.

— DUI ARRESTS DOWN — Utah Highway Patrol says the number of arrests related to drunken driving dropped during the weekend before New Year’s Day compared to the year before.

— SCHOOL TEACHER KILLED — Police in Virginia say a Utah man has been charged with fatally shooting a schoolteacher in Norfolk on New Year’s Eve.


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