- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good evening! Here’s a 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 AP-Salt Lake City bureau at 801-322-3405. Supervisor Brady McCombs can be reached at 801-322-3405 or [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:



AIRPLANE GROPING-ARREST

SALT LAKE CITY_A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City is expected in court for a change of plea hearing Friday. Prosecutors allege 67-year-old Hans Loudermilk of Oceanside, Calif. touched the 15-year-old’s chin and rubbed her leg during the March flight. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m. MST

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY - A Republican-controlled state health panel has rejected Gov. Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan to enroll poor Utah residents in private health insurance. The Health Reform Task Force voted Thursday to reject Herbert’s plan and recommend two alternatives that are less expensive but cover fewer people and require the state to share a greater portion of the costs with the federal government. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 515 words.

POLYGAMOUS SECT-HOMES

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs’ sect is based. State Judge Denise Lindberg’s order Wednesday gives the panel limited power, though. The five-person board still must get final approval from the court in deciding who should get which homes. Many are expected to have multiple claims from people who have at one point lived in or worked on a house. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 550 words.

CONGRESS-GUNNISON GROUSE

DENVER - Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a rare bird found only in Colorado and Utah, state and federal officials say. A spending bill approved by Congress last week included a rider that blocks the Interior Department from spending money on rules to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But one of its bureaus, the Fish and Wildlife Service, declared the less common bird threatened on Nov. 20, three weeks before the spending bill passed. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 375 words, AP Photos LA101, LA102.

SPORTS:

MEMPHIS-FUENTE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis has reached agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente, who just led the Tigers to a share of their first conference title since 1971. The school announced the agreement Thursday in a university release. The Tigers will make their first bowl appearance since 2008 on Monday when they face BYU (8-4) in the Miami Beach Bowl. SENT: 200 words.

GRIZZLIES-JOERGER

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis coach Dave Joerger is constantly thinking of new plays for his Grizzlies or tweaking something he saw another team that might benefit his squad. He just needs a better way of remembering that nugget of information. The Grizzlies play Utah on Monday. By Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos TNBD113, TNBD125, TNBD119, TNBD115.

WCUP-NYMAN’S COURSE

VAL GARDENA, Italy - When Utah native Steven Nyman arrives in the heart of the Dolomite Range each year the week before Christmas, he gets a special feeling. Special because his only two World Cup victories have come on the classic Saslong course, in 2006 and 2012. By Sports Writer Andrew Dampf. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos VAL102, VAL103, GAR106, GAR104, GAR101.

IN BRIEF:

- UTAH SUPREME COURT - Gov. Gary Herbert is appointing state Judge Constandinos Himonas to serve on Utah’s Supreme Court.

- NORTHERN UTAH-SKI BUS - Weber County and the city of Ogden will pay a combined $230,000 to continue a bus service this winter to ferry skiers to northern Utah resorts.

- DISABLED MEN-FILTHY CONDITIONS - Police say they’ve arrested a woman suspected of leaving two disabled men under her care in filthy conditions.

- WOMAN SHOT - Police say a woman was found shot in the head in her front yard in Sandy Thursday morning, and a man who lives with her was arrested.

- KITTEN TRAP-CHARGES - A Murray man accused of trapping kittens on sticky paper and then throwing them in the garbage has been ordered to 18 months of probation.

- CUBA-MORMON MISSIONARIES - The Mormon church says it’s too soon to say if it will start sending missionaries to Cuba as the United States begins re-establishing diplomatic ties with the communist island.

- AIR POLLUTION-UTAH - Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality is enacting some burning restrictions in several counties Thursday to minimize air pollution.

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