BC-UT–Utah News Coverage Advisory, UT

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 Paul Foy in Salt Lake City at 801-322-3405.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

BICYCLE-REPAIR STATIONS

OGDEN, Utah — Salt Lake City has a popular bicycle-share program. Now Ogden is getting in the act, becoming a more bicycle-friendly place with plans to install repair stations around the city. It’s another step by Salt Lake’s northern neighbor to brand itself a recreation town. Sent: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

LAWMAKER EMAILS

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah legislators can publically share their emails in a new online portal that launches Wednesday. It’s a tool lawmakers can use to increase transparency, said Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, who sponsored the portal. He said it will ease pressure of public records requests for lawmakers’ communications. By Michelle Price, SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m.

RETHINKING POT-THE FIRST SALES

DENVER — The nation’s first recreational pot industry opened in Colorado on Wednesday, kicking off an experiment that will be followed closely around the world and one that activists hope will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly American-led drug war. By Kristen Wyatt, photos. SENT: 1,000 words.

SUPREME COURT-HEALTH OVERHAUL

WASHINGTON— Only hours before the law was to take effect Wednesday, a U.S. Supreme Court justice blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control coverage. By Jesse Holland. SENT: 473 words.

SPORTS:

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Utah State plays Air Force in the Mountain West opener for both teams. Game starts at 6 p.m. MT.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILD IN WASHING MACHINE — South Jordan girl spends hour stuck in washing machine.

— AIR QUALITY-ALERT — Northern Utah remains under a week-long health alert from air pollution trapped inside mountain valleys.

— DUI BLITZ — Troopers arrest more than 20 drivers for intoxication during New Year’s festivities.

— NEW YEAR-BIRTHS — University Hospital says 7-pound girl its first birth of year.

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