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Good morning! Here's an updated 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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All times Mountain Standard Time.


SALT LAKE CITY — Measures to clear Utah's murky wintertime skies are working their way through the state Legislature. But with only a week to clinch a final OK from state lawmakers this legislative session, it's unclear how many of the pending proposals will make it through. Efforts include a $20 million push for clean-fuel school busses, limits on wood-burning stoves and local sales tax increases to pay for better commuter bus routes. Another would extend state air quality regulators further reach than their federal counterparts. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon MST.


SALT LAKE CITY — A Senate committee is considering a bill that would allow parents of children with severe epilepsy to legally obtain a marijuana-derived drug. The measure is sponsored by Huntsville Republican Rep. Gage Froerer. It would let Utah families bring back from neighboring Colorado medicine that some parents say goes lengths in tempering children's seizures. Current law prohibits the trip. Parents would first need consent from a neurologist to obtain the product. The extract contains less than half a percent of THC, the hallucinogenic property found in marijuana. By Michelle L. Price. UPCOMING: 450 words by noon.



SEATTLE — Washington needs a deep run in the Pac-12 tournament to give itself a shot at an NCAA bid. The sixth-seeded Huskies open the tourney on Thursday night against No. 11 seed Utah. Game at 8:30 p.m. PT.


— COCKFIGHTING-FELONY — A bill to make cockfighting a felony instead of just a misdemeanor is moving forward in the Utah Legislature.

— JUVENILE CENTER RUNAWAYS — Authorities say they've found two of the four teen boys who ran away from a center for troubled teens in Draper.

— BEES-NEW STADIUM NAME — Salt Lake City's minor league baseball team has renamed its stadium.

— SCHOOL ABSENCES — Utah lawmakers are advancing a bill that reduces the consequences for students who skip school, as long as they keep their grades up.


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