Good afternoon! 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 Salt Lake City correspondent Brady McCombs at 801-322-3405.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church is providing its most extensive explanation yet about the faith’s past exclusion of blacks from the priesthood with a new web posting that for the first time disavows previous teachings. The statement points to an era of great racial divide influencing the church, and pins the ban on church president Brigham Young. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints barred men of African descent from the priesthood until 1978. The history has long been a sensitive topic for church leaders and the 15 million members worldwide. Mormon scholars call the recent posting a significant moment. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. MDT.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah residents spent Monday unthawing and digging out from a cold, snowy weekend. Traffic was slow on Salt Lake City area highways and even worse on icy mountain canyon roads. There were five reported avalanches Sunday, and one Ogden high school is closed due to a frozen boiler coil. The state is expected to get a reprieve from the snow this week, but the frigid temperatures will continue. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 500 words.
PHILADELPHIA — A plodding storm that dumped heavy snow on the unsuspecting Mid-Atlantic region made roads slippery in the Northeast for Monday’s commute while travel disruptions continued to ripple across the country days after the same system first began wreaking havoc in the skies. The seemingly never-ending storm that coated parts of Texas in ice struck with unexpected force on the East Coast, blanketing some spots in a foot of snow, grinding highways to a halt and causing scattered school closures or delays. The federal government was allowing workers to arrive up to two hours later than normal or take unscheduled leave as freezing rain continued. By Michael Rubinkam And Dan Gelston. SENT: 1000 words, AP Photos PXE116, VASH101, PXE105, DCJM103, TNMEM104, TNMEM102, MTMA118, NJME107, TXSL103, TXBS201, DCJM101, VAFRE103, ORALB101, VAFRE101, BAF102, RPMJ103, NY141, NY132, TXFOR116, MDHAG101, TXDAM101, PASHA104.
DENVER — A domestic violence case has been dismissed against Aron Ralston, a Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal was made into the movie “127 Hours.” A court spokeswoman said Monday the case was dropped at the request of the city attorney, who didn’t return a call seeking comment. By Dan Elliott And P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 530 words, AP Photos NY110, COPD101, COPD102.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The public health director for five Utah counties says the departments’ clinics do not offer the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, because of high costs and low demand. The vaccine is not required but the Utah Department of Health has recommended it for preteen girls since 2006 and boys since 2011. Southwest Public Department of Health director David Blodgett told The Salt Lake Tribune that he decided not to offer the vaccine at the clinics in Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington Counties years ago. Blodgett says a federal program pays the cost for some patients at the clinics, but the clinics still incur other costs. He says they had so little demand they were wasting dosages. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
BKN–TRAIL BLAZERS-JAZZ 12/9/2013
SALT LAKE CITY — The Trail Blazers try to beat the NBA-worst Jazz for the second time in three days. Freelancer Matthew Coles, Cell: 801-541-2343 firstname.lastname@example.org
— MOTHER CHARGED-CHILDREN STRANGLED — The Layton mother charged with strangling a son and a daughter remains incompetent to stand trial.
— AIRMAN SNOWMOBILE DEATH — Authorities say they will wait until family members have had 24 hours’ notice before releasing the name of a 22-year-old Hill Air Force Base airman who was killed in a snowmobiling accident Sunday.
— FARMINGTON COURTHOUSE — The Farmington courthouse was briefly shut down early Monday when fire sprinklers flooded part of the building, but court proceedings are starting up.
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