- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Utah.

Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Supervisory Correspondent Brady McCombs at 801-322-3405.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

MORMONS-POLYGAMY

SALT LAKE CITY - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay reveals. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith’s wives were between 20 and 40 years old but that one was just 14. While part of the church’s early days, polygamy has been banned in the faith since 1890. The article is part of a push by the Salt Lake City-based religion to explain, expand or clarify on some of the faith’s more sensitive topics. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 500 words.

BIKINIS-GUNS-INVESTIGATION

SALT LAKE CITY_Utah National Guard members could be demoted, fined or forced to retire for allowing British bikini models onto a Utah County training camp to shoot photos for a calendar featuring women firing high-powered weapons. The state’s National Guard commander says a few military members allowed the models and crew onto Camp Williams earlier this year. Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton says the calendar was a violation of the Guard’s values and will bring consequences, though he declined to say how many military members were involved. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m MDT

NAVAJO PRESIDENT-LANGUAGE FLAP

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials to postpone the Navajo Nation’s presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case. The Navajo Supreme Court’s decision Thursday comes after a lower court blocked Chris Deschene from seeking the tribe’s top elected post because he refused to show whether he could speak Navajo fluently, a requirement for presidential candidates under tribal law. His campaign has been overshadowed by a debate about the role the Navajo language plays in the tribe’s culture and tradition. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 450 words, AP Photo NY111.

SPORTS:

NEW-LOOK NBA

SALT LAKE CITY - The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from varied perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. An interview with first-year Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is the second installment of the series: ___ By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos UTRB305, UTRB303, UTRB307, NY150, UTRB302, UTRB304, UTRB306, GFX3899.

NATIONAL PARKS-VANDALISM

SALT LAKE CITY - A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West’s most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online. Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 600 words. AP Photos UTRB305, UTRB303, UTRB307, NY150, UTRB302, UTRB304, UTRB306, GFX3899.LA104.

US-MIXED TEAMS

PARK CITY, Utah - U.S. Olympic women’s bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor is going to race against men. And when she does, it’ll be a family affair. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds.

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IN BRIEF:

- UTAH COUNTY-DEPUTY SHOT - A new scholarship named after a fallen Utah County deputy will help Boy Scouts go to camp for free.

- DRIVE-THRU-VOTER REGISTRATION - The Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office will offer a drive-thru voter registration on Monday.

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