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Rescuers say the search for two brothers who were last seen fishing at a Utah reservoir is now a recovery operation.

Authorities on Monday resumed looking for 70-year-old James "Jim" Gardiner and 61-year-old Mark Gardiner in Strawberry Reservoir but are not expecting to find them alive.

The Wasatch County Sheriff's Department says the men, both of Pleasant Grove, may have fallen over trying to retrieve a fish they caught.

Their still running boat was found Thursday with a fish still on a line from one of their fishing rods.

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A Utah teenager has been sentenced to a juvenile detention facility for the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old boy.

The judge at the sentencing hearing Thursday did not set a specific detention term for the 15-year-old shooter, allowing the youth parole board to determine it.

The maximum amount of time the teen could be held in the juvenile facility is until his 21st birthday.

The teen pleaded guilty in June to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Jerrad Jacobsen.

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Utah chose eight companies Friday to legally grow medical marijuana for the first time in the conservative state, though the decision to award a smaller number of licenses raised concerns among advocates about whether supply would be robust enough.

Although the new law allows Utah to award up to 10 licenses, state officials say they chose to only hand out eight to avoid an oversupply of cannabis.

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Utah's low unemployment rate took a slight dip last month.

The state Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that June's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.8 percent was down from 2.9 percent in May. There were about 45,500 residents unemployed but seeking work.

The national unemployment rate creeped up slightly to 3.7 percent last month.

According to the department, Utah had 45,200 more jobs in June than it did the same month last year.

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Authorities say a Utah woman has died after a tree fell on her head.

The Deseret News reports the 74-year-old woman was cutting down trees with a chain saw near her family's cabin in Manor Lands on Tuesday.

Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright says a dead tree that was leaning against a tree the woman was sawing fell on her, causing the deadly head injury.

Wright says the woman was found after she failed to appear for an appointment later that day.

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Utah and federal agencies plan to direct up to $20 million over the next four years toward protecting forests from wildfires.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported this week that the state and U.S. Forest Service have agreed to start on national forest restoration projects this year.

The state and Forest Service entered a shared stewardship agreement in May, agreeing to work together on projects designed to reduce wildfire risks and improve forest health.

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A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print.

Several residents in the northern Utah city called police earlier this week concerned about a young boy selling alcohol in front of a church, said Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber on Thursday.

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The city of Highland has passed a resolution in support of anti-abortion legislation, marking at least the third time a local government in Utah has a taken an official position against the procedure since state lawmakers passed new restrictions this year.

The resolution approved Tuesday declares support for abortion restrictions at the national and state levels.

The group Abortion-Free Utah says in a statement that the unanimous vote came after Highland Mayor Rod Mann said his wife was adopted and talked about his work with developmentally disabled people.

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The Utah Court of Appeals has affirmed an order for a Utah businessman convicted of running a Ponzi scheme to pay more than $10 million in restitution.

The Deseret News reported Monday that the court rejected arguments last week by Dee Allen Randall's attorneys that he owed only $1.2 million for harming 12 people.

Randal was sentenced to nine to 30 years in prison for securities fraud and carrying out a pattern of unlawful activity.

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A Utah school district is paying $62,500 to settle a lawsuit filed after a junior high student was caught in a bus door and dragged about 175 feet (53 meters) in an alleged racially motivated incident.

The incident occurred in February in West Point about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

Brenda Mayes sued the Davis School District in May, alleging a bus driver intentionally closed the door on her 13-year-old son's backpack as he was getting off the bus.

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A company that runs treatment centers for troubled youth is closing a second Utah facility as officials investigate claims of sexual abuse, violence and several other issues with staff at a different facility.

Mount Pleasant Academy in central Utah is one of several youth psychiatric treatment facilities run by Sequel Youth and Family Services. Sequel representatives said in a statement last week that the school will be shut down within the next month, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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The Utah Supreme Court has ruled a man who suffered a knee injury in a church-sponsored basketball game can't sue an opposing player over a common foul.

Judd Nixon says he hurt his left knee in a 2012 game at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center in Utah County when an opposing player made contact with him as he was taking a shot.

In 2015, Nixon filed a complaint in court alleging Edward Clay's actions were negligent and caused his injury.

The University of Utah police chief is retiring months after his department came under fierce criticism for its handling of a student's increasingly urgent reports about her ex-boyfriend before the man killed her on campus.

University officials said Tuesday Police Chief Dale Brophy will leave on Oct. 15 to "pursue other opportunities."

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The Utah GOP has named a former top aide to former Congresswoman Mia Love as its new executive director.

The Deseret News reports Laurel Price is the first major hire by new State Republican Party Chairman Derek Brown, and he says she will be key to the Republican effort to take back the 4th District seat.

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A 15-year-old giraffe has been euthanized at a Utah zoo after struggling with intestinal issues.

Utah's Hogle Zoo announced Monday that Kipenzi the giraffe was euthanized on July 12 after zookeepers noticed her appetite severely decreased and she wasn't going to the bathroom.

Zoo veterinarians said the giraffe did not respond to exhaustive treatment and showed no signs of recovering.

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Applicants vying for a handful of licenses to grow Utah's medical marijuana will have to wait longer than expected to find out who has been selected.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Saturday that they are delaying the announcement of who will grow the state's medical marijuana to the end of the month. State officials had originally estimated a July 15 deadline for the decision.

Eighty-one farmers and entrepreneurs applied for the state's 10 grower licenses. Utah joined 33 states in legalizing marijuana after voters approved a law last year.

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A tech worker charged in the death of a Utah college student made his first court appearance Monday as friends of the slain woman held hands in the front row.

Ayoola A. Ajayi appeared by video from jail alongside a court-appointed attorney during a quick hearing Monday to set a future court date. He did not speak or enter a plea to murder, kidnapping and other charges.

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The Air Force is about to start a series of detonations of surplus rocket motors and sold fuel for ballistic missiles on the Utah Test and Training Range in western Utah.

The sprawling range is located between Great Salt Lake and the Nevada line.

An announcement says the detonations will start Monday and continue through August as part of an effort to comply with international treaty limits on the number of ballistic missiles.

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The Air Force is about to start a series of detonations of surplus rocket motors and sold fuel for ballistic missiles on the Utah Test and Training Range in western Utah.

The sprawling range is located between Great Salt Lake and the Nevada line.

An announcement says the detonations will start Monday and continue through August as part of an effort to comply with international treaty limits on the number of ballistic missiles.

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A federal indictment accuses a 24-year-old Salt Lake City-area man of distributing large quantities of fentanyl, including pills that resulted in the overdose death of a woman.

John Aaron Favro of West Jordan was arrested Thursday on a July 3 indictment charging him with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

A complaint filed in the case said a woman identified only as M.K.K. died Nov. 21, 2016, from an apparent overdose at an apartment in Murray.

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A federal indictment accuses a 24-year-old Salt Lake City-area man of distributing large quantities of fentanyl, including pills that resulted in the overdose death of a woman.

John Aaron Favro of West Jordan was arrested Thursday on a July 3 indictment charging him with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

A complaint filed in the case said a woman identified only as M.K.K. died Nov. 21, 2016, from an apparent overdose at an apartment in Murray.

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A Utah man convicted of defrauding the federal government in a decade-long postage stamp scam across several states will be sentenced this week.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that 36-year-old Ivan Sanchez will appear in federal court Wednesday to be sentenced for one count of theft of government property.

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City indicted Sanchez in December.

A Utah man convicted of defrauding the federal government in a decade-long postage stamp scam across several states will be sentenced this week.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that 36-year-old Ivan Sanchez will appear in federal court Wednesday to be sentenced for one count of theft of government property.

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City indicted Sanchez in December.

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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been spotted in the eastern Utah city of Moab.

The Deseret News reports officials detected the virus on July 2 in the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve. City officials received test results confirming the virus on Thursday.

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A champion bodybuilder faces felony charges accusing him of raping a female bodybuilder in a Salt Lake City suburb last October.

Court records indicate an arrest warrant issued Thursday charges 44-year-old Shawn Roden from Santa Barbara, California, with rape, object rape and forcible sexual abuse.

Rhoden was the 2018 winner of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas.

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