- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

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

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SALT LAKE CITY - LGBT groups on Saturday are marking the one-year anniversary of a federal’s judge’s landmark ruling striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. The surprise decision touched off a fast-moving legal fight that led to the legalization of gay marriage in Utah and 10 other states this fall when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY- Less than half of students who enroll in Utah’s colleges and universities finish bachelor’s degrees within six years, but not because a relatively high portion of the state’s young people go on Mormon missions. One unexpected factor in the state’s relatively low college graduation rates could be an apparent reluctance to take on student debt. Those are among the findings of a report released this week from the Utah Foundation, a state think tank. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 500 words.



SALT LAKE CITY - Concerned and angry residents are expected to pack a Monday afternoon meeting of Utah’s Prison Relocation Commission to show their opposition to four possible sites for the a prison. The commission is scrutinizing four sites in northern Utah but could add more locations. Local residents and officials say a prison will stunt economic development and drop home values. By Michelle L. Price. UPCOMING: 250 by 1 p.m., followed by 450 by 4:30 p.m. following meeting.



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 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans Loudermilk, 66, of Oceanside, California acknowledged touching the 15-year-old’s chin and rubbing her leg on the March flight. Loudermilk was sitting next the girl when he told her he could teach her things sexually that boys her age could not and said she was old enough to marry him in Utah, according to charging documents. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 250 words.


SALT LAKE CITY - Leaders in Utah’s capitol city are considering relocating several key homeless services in Salt Lake City away from a downtown park and bustling business area. Salt Lake City officials have tried for years to find ways to discourage homeless people from frequenting Pioneer Park, but now city officials are joined by business leaders and even Utah’s governor, saying it’s time to take a serious look at moving the facilities. SENT: 500 words.


WASHINGTON - Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 700 words


RIVERTON, Wyo. - A Utah man has been sentenced to seven years and two months in prison for stealing $1.9 million worth of gold and silver from his parents’ home in Wyoming. Richard Jordan Kennedy, of Randolph, Utah, had pleaded guilty to unlawfully transporting stolen goods across state lines. SENT: 300 words.


TRENTON, N.J. - U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC. The drug is for women whose ovarian cancer is associated with certain defective genes and whose cancer persists after multiple treatments. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 475 words.



LAS VEGAS - First there was shock. Then confusion. But in the two weeks since the Colorado State football team saw its head coach depart for another job, it has found a way to move on. Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl against No. 23 Utah is a chance for Colorado State to win 11 games for only the second time in school history. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m. MST. Freelancer Michael Martinez.


- LAS VEGAS BOWL CAPSULE No. 23 Utah (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (10-2, 6-2 Mountain West), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC)


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A resilient Utah State, hampered by injuries that forced them to play four quarterbacks, will face UTEP, a team with an impressive ground game, to launch the college football postseason Saturday at the New Mexico Bowl. By Russell Contreras. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6 p.m. MST.


ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando, losers of two in a row, look to avoid their third losing streak of three or more games this season when it hosts Utah. The Jazz are coming in having snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at Miami on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


MIAMI - The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the season from varied perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. In this installment, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder provides an inside look. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos FLWL203, FLWL202, FLWL201, FLJA102.


OKLAHOMA CITY - Penn State setter Micha Hancock, an All-American from nearby Edmond, Okla., leads her team into the national final Saturday against upstart BYU. Last year’s championships MVP has a chance to close her career with a second consecutive national title. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words. By 6 p.m. Central.


CALGARY, Alberta - Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje raced to her first World Cup skeleton victory Friday, winning on her hometown course in only her second career event. SENT: 125 words.



SALT LAKE CITY - The ground shakes violently and then a wall of salty, brine-shrimp-laden water crashes into the Utah State Prison. The cells of the state’s most dangerous inmates start to flood. Panicked Corrections officers must make a tough choice - hope the waters recede or release murderers and rapists who may escape in the chaos. This is the doomsday scenario Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has repeatedly warned about if state leaders decide to build a new prison near the shores of the Great Salt Lake and the airport. By Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 848 words.


WEST VALLEY CITY - Emergency dispatchers at first wanted a person making thousands of false calls to 911 to get in trouble. When they found out later they were coming from a mentally disabled man trying to use an old cellphone to listen to music, they felt bad. They had to make sure he didn’t make any more unintended 911 calls, so they pooled their money and got the man an iPod Nano and an iTunes gift card. By Pat Reavy, the Deseret News. SENT: 585 words, pictures.


- NEIGHBOR KILLED-TEEN CHARGED - A mental competency hearing has been set next month for a teenager from a small southern Utah city accused of killing his neighbor.

- UTAH ELECTION CHANGES - Utah’s Republican attorney general is removing himself from his office’s defense of a state law challenged by the Utah Republican Party.

- TREE BRANCH ASSAULT-DEATH - southern Utah man accused of fatally beating a man with a tree branch accepted a plea deal this week that allows him to avoid a lifetime prison sentence

- RIG COUNT - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 18 this week to 1,875.

- FEDERAL FUNDS-UTAH AUDIT - Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is disputing a report from Utah’s state auditor this week that found federal money is the state’s largest single revenue source.

- UTAH UNEMPLOYMENT - Utah’s unemployment rate remained steady last month at 3.6 percent.

- OREM FIRE-ARSON - Investigators are on the scene of a Friday morning fire at an unfinished Orem condominium complex that appears to have been intentionally set.

- NORTH OGDEN-HOLIDAY DISPLAY - City officials in North Ogden say they’re working to have other religions represented next to a Christmas display outside city hall.


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