- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah law professors argue in a report that there’s no legal standing for Utah to push to gain control over federal lands. The professors contend that the federal government has absolute control over the public lands under their purview, and has the authority to continue doing so. West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory, who has led Utah’s efforts to gain control over the lands, said the report doesn’t address why eastern states were able to regain control of their lands but western states like Utah should not. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m. MDT.



SALT LAKE CTIY - Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month say revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions. Jacob Strack says in a statement relatives are shocked, upset and struggling as they relive the deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack as well as three of their children. They say they will release more information later. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 675 words, AP Photos UTRB107, UTRB108.


KEARNS, Utah - Salt Lake City doesn’t know exactly when it will bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host of the 2002 Games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever they get a chance. Several prominent figures behind the push gathered Thursday at the Olympic Oval speed skating facility to unveil a $1.4 million solar project upgrade that they say illustrates a broader effort to not only keep using the facilities and venues from the 2002 Olympics, but upgrade them. Salt Lake City is considering a bid for 2026, or if not 2030, and many think they are a strong candidate in the wake of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where the overall price tag was put at $51 billion, scaring off politicians and taxpayers and leaving the International Olympic Committee with a major image crisis. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 575 words by 3 p.m.


SALT LAKE CITY - Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens met in their final debate Thursday where they dealt each other their sharpest criticisms yet while emphasizing their Utah ties and bipartisan appeal. In the debate on KSL Radio’s “Doug Wright Show,” the candidates in Utah’s closest race this year also rehashed arguments about education, student loans and the health care law. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 625 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - On the airwaves of a popular Navajo radio station, President Barack Obama greets listeners with the Navajo word “Ya’at’eeh” and implores tribal members to get out and vote for Democrats. The party is trying hard to hang on to the seat held by U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and needs Navajo voters who lean Democrat to turn out in droves in what is one of the hardest-fought congressional races in the country. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 600 words.


UNION GROVE, Wis. - Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients. The study being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, said program founder Dan Cohen. Similar studies will be conducted in Utah and Ohio. By Carrie Antlfinger. SENT: 400 words. AP Photos RPCA101, RPCA105, RPCA104, RPCA103.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. Pollsters say it’s one of the few places on Tuesday’s ballots where voters of all kinds can find common ground. By Jason Dearen. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos FLAD210, FLJR106, FLAD206, FLAD201, FLAD207.


SEX SLAVERY SURVIVOR - A survivor of the sex trafficking industry has launched RockStarr Ministries to provide support, counseling and assistance, so women can escape that life and regain some freedom, choices and dignity. SENT: 825 words, pictures. By Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune.

SOCCER TEAM TRIPLETS- Three sisters who are triplets recently completed a memorable senior season of soccer at Lone Peak High School. Not only did the team finish second in the state with a 19-1 record, but this is also the last season the triplets, Cassidy, Jessica and McCall Smith, will play soccer together. SENT: 435 words. By Ian Maule, The Daily Herald.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two years after TCU and West Virginia received a warm welcome into the Big 12, they’ve become the rude arrivals. The 10th-ranked Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) and 20th-ranked Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) are on a tear and making their conference neighbors nervous. By Sports Writer John Raby. AP Photos AP Photos FLAD210, FLJR106, FLAD206, FLAD201, FLAD207.TXTG128, OKSO108, TXTG110, OKSO101, UTRB103.


UNDATED - No. 18 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at No. 15 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1), 11 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) Line: Arizona State by 6.


DALLAS - The Mavericks play their home opener with Tyson Chandler at center for the first time since he helped them win the only title in franchise history in 2011. Utah visits Dallas a night after losing its season opener in Salt Lake City to Houston. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.


- NATIONAL PARKS-VANDALISM - The National Park Service is confirming they suspect 21-year-old Casey Nocket of New York is responsible for graffiti in some of the West’s most famously picturesque locations in a case that sparked a furor on social media last week.

- SOLAR ARRAY-OLYMPIC OVAL - Utah officials are set to unveil a new array of solar panels that will help power the Olympic Oval in Kearns that is used for major speed skating competitions.

- STORAGE TANKS-CLEANUP - The Navajo Nation has been awarded $465,000 to oversee the cleanup of nearly 60 underground storage tanks that have been leaking petroleum or other hazardous substances.


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