- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

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

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SALT LAKE CITY - A new law that took effect Thursday prevents cities and towns from banning specific dog breeds, a move Utah animal welfare advocates say ends one form of legal discrimination. “Any dog breed has the potential of being vicious,” said Gene Baierschmidt, the executive director of the Humane Society of Utah. State Rep. Brian King, a Salt Lake City Democrat who authored the law, said 10 Utah cities had bans against owning dogs such as pit bulls, a breed perceived to be more aggressive. SENT: 390 words, photos.


BEAR RIVER, Utah - Kathy Taylor, whose bout with melanoma while pregnant with her sixth child drew support from singer Sarah McLachlan, has died at her home in Box Elder County. She was 34. Taylor died in Bear River on Wednesday, four months after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the skin cancer, according to her family. UPCOMING: 300 words.


WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers closed ranks Sunday behind the No. 3 House GOP leader, Steve Scalise, as the party aimed to move past the controversy over his speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Scalise has said the speech was a mistake he now regrets, and party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several incoming rank-and-file lawmakers added their support Sunday, including Utah’s Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House. Love told ABC’s “This Week” that Scalise has the support of his colleagues. By Erica Werner. SENT: 385 words, photos.


WASHINGTON - Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, pushing the GOP majority to 246 members, the most since the Great Depression. In the Senate, 13 new lawmakers, all but one of them Republican, will be sworn in, flipping control of the chamber to the GOP with a 54-vote majority. The incoming classes will bring new gender and racial diversity to Capitol Hill, with 104 women in the House and Senate and close to 100 black, Hispanic and Asian lawmakers. The newcomers include the youngest woman elected to Congress, 30-year-old Elise Stefanik of New York, and the first black Republican woman, Mia Love of Utah. By Erica Werner. SENT: 850 words, photos.



DETROIT - An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock. Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles, dart in and out to do door, window and wall installation and framing, as well as electrical and plumbing work. Meanwhile, a nonprofit urban farming group is preparing property a few miles away that will welcome the project, what’s believed to be the city’s first occupied shipping container homestead. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 685 words, photos. Eds: Note reference to Salt Lake City’s use of shipping containers.



SALT LAKE CITY - The 10th-ranked Utah Utes go for a fifth straight win when they face the UCLA Bruins Sunday afternoon. By John Coon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


- TERRORISM THREAT-ARREST - A Morgan County man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill sheriff’s deputies.

- CHILD KILLED-HAMMER - Davis County prosecutors are urging the state parole board to never let a Utah mother out of prison for her role in the killing of her 4-year-old son.

- UTAH PRIMARY ELECTIONS - A state lawmaker is proposing a measure to erase a new Utah law allowing independent voters to cast ballots in the Republican primary beginning in the 2016 general election.



SALT LAKE CITY - Perhaps the jackalope really does exist. Rumored to be a mix between a jackrabbit and a deer or an antelope, the mythical Western creature is rarely spotted in the wild, but often found in curio shops and small-town bars. Some think the Parker Mountain pronghorn have jackalope tendencies. They’re prolific, to say the least. More than 5,000 of the ungulates have been caught on the mountain and moved to other locations in Utah and throughout the West since the mid-1970s. By Brett Prettyman. The Salt Lake Tribune. SENT: 725 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photos.


PROVO, Utah - In the middle of the room, Rainey Bridges’ face brightens as she suppresses a laugh. On her right, Sasha Foltz reads a story about a farmer whose animals go on strike. Dressed in maroon jumpsuits, the women take turns reading books about the adventures of a brown rabbit, a family of Berenstain Bears and a pig that eats a pancake. For 45 minutes, they read and giggle, feeding off each other’s energy. The two are best friends, both recording their voices reading books to boys they love. Underneath their laughter, though, they each carry a weight. In addition to missing the big things, being in prison means they’re missing out on the little things - like reading bedtime stories to the ones they love. By Keri Lunt Stevens. The Daily Herald. SENT: 600 words, photo.


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