Stories from the Associated Press

Utah Highway Patrol
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Authorities say three people are dead following a wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 in a Salt Lake City suburb early Friday morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol says a pickup traveling north entered southbound lanes in Bountiful and collided with a car, killing the pickup's driver and a man and a woman in the car.

Ogden police say an officer shot and injured a dog that allegedly attacked him while he was on a child welfare call.

According to a statement from the Ogden Police Department, the dog came out from behind a vehicle in a driveway and attacked the officer.

Ron Rockwell Hansen
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Prosecutors say a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with trying to sell secrets to China told investigators that an FBI informant started a conversation about U.S. military information.

Prosecutors say in court documents filed Wednesday that 58-year-old Ron Rockwell Hansen of Syracuse briefly spoke with FBI agents after his arrest, but stopped talking after being confronted about whether he was telling the truth about who started the conversation.

Colorado City, Arizona
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 A polygamous sect that has been losing control of a community on the Utah-Arizona border that it has long controlled is in line to hold on to seats on a town council after three member incumbents survived a primary election challenge from outsiders.

Vance Barlow, the town manager and town clerk in Colorado City, Arizona, says Donald Richter secured one of the four seats outright because he won more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

Isaiah and Jacob Kingston
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Two Salt Lake City biodiesel executives linked to a polygamous group will stay in jail on federal charges in an alleged $500 million tax credit scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells denied an effort Wednesday to immediately release defendant Isaiah Kingston. His lawyer Scott Williams says allegations that he would flee to Turkey if released ahead of trial are false and misleading.

Bonnie Foerster
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A 74-year-old woman cried tears of joy when a Utah state judge took the rare step of declaring her and her longtime lesbian partner legally married just months after her wife died.

Judge Patrick Corum on Tuesday ruled that Bonnie Foerster is legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at age 82.

Foerster met Grossaint in January 1968 in New York City under unhappy circumstances: Foerster was escaping an abusive husband. When Grossaint first saw her, Foerster had broken ribs and was wearing dark glasses to hide black eyes.

Intermountain Healthcare Logo
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A Salt Lake City health care company says it eliminated 396 jobs and created 107 new positions as part of a structural overhaul it launched late last year.

Intermountain Healthcare announced Monday that 59 positions were already vacant, and a total of 67 people in jobs that were cut "left Intermountain because there was not another suitable position."

Murray, Utah
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Murray City Council voted to continue its investment in exploring the country's first small modular nuclear reactor.

Murray, with its additional $15,000 investment approved Tuesday, has now committed $30,000 to the Carbon Free Power Project to explore the new technology

Mia Love
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Republican Utah Congresswoman Mia Love is hosting a campaign rally with the state's beloved adopted son, Mitt Romney, as she gears up for the final months of a tight election race.

The rally at Friday night at Thanksgiving Point will also include more than 40 local elected officials.

University of Utah
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A University of Utah graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class after she said bringing a concealed carry gun to class "is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior," and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do would be forced to stand in a "3x3 taped square."

University spokesman Chris Nelson says the "weapons policy" was removed from the online curriculum Tuesday and students were "alerted to the error."

Zion National Park entrance.
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Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles.

The National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor pull-out area.

The Pickle Factory in Salt Lake's Granary District
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Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency has chosen artists to create nearly a dozen murals in an increasingly popular downtown neighborhood.

Officials said Tuesday that 15 artists have been commissioned for the large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the Granary District.

Man installs home solar panels.
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  New rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent after Utah's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate.

Rocky Mountain Power in a deal that went into effect in November phased out the net-metering program, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say a man kicked open the door of his estranged wife's apartment and beat her and their 13-year-old daughter with a crowbar, killing the woman and critically injuring the girl.

A Unified Police Department spokeswoman says 54-year-old Walter Brantzeg was arrested Wednesday after he called at least one local television station to talk about the attack while driving away from the apartment in Millcreek.

Dixie State University
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A crowd of demonstrators at Dixie State University has started the first day of school by protesting the treatment of a music professor.

The St. George News reports professor Ken Peterson said Monday that he appreciates the support from the group with signs like "Stop the Abuse of Power" and "Investigate Dixie State."

Frontrunner Train
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A new federal ruling says the Utah Transit Authority illegally fired a transit planner for warning the agency that it was violating safety rules.

U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero Jr. issued the order Aug. 13, requiring the authority to reinstate J. Michael Clara to his former position and pay him back wages, as well as $10,000 in compensatory damages.

Utah will use the grant money completely replace the voter registration database.
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The state of Utah will use $4.1 million in federal grant money to help buy new voting equipment, replace the state's voter registration database and to train county and state officials on new voter security measures.

A report released Tuesday shows states around the country are moving quickly to tap their shares of the $380 million program to strengthen voting systems.

Williams was charged for kidnapping, assault and drug paraphernalia.
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A man is facing kidnapping and other charges after allegedly dragging a woman 30 feet with his car in Salt Lake City.

Authorities say 39-year-old Keith Davontya Williams was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, failure to stop or respond at command of police and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

David Cross
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The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive."

College president Ruth Watkins issued a statement Sunday about the tweet, says she resisted calls to cancel Wednesday's performance and that the tweet is protected by the First Amendment.

BYU Hawaii
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Mormon critics are asking the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to investigate allegations that the church uses a Hawaii cultural center to commit tax fraud.

Gay-rights activist and Mormon critic Fred Karger delivered a complaint to a Honolulu IRS office Thursday asking for an investigation into possible tax abuses involving the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Hawaii land management company.

Firefighter battles California wildfire.
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  The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says officials are targeting wide swaths of land — including cutting down small trees and underbrush and setting controlled fires — to reduce the frequency and severity of fires now burning across the western United States.

The Salt Lake City LDS temple.
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The president of the Mormon church wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Russell M. Nelson said Thursday that the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church." The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert introduces new drivers liscense.
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Utah residents without a star on their state-issued driver's licenses may soon be turned away by airport security.

The Department of Homeland Security requires Utah drivers' licenses to have a little gold star on the top right corner.

Bears Ears National Monument
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The U.S. government is issuing draft proposals for how it would like to manage two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year in a move that angered conservation and tribal groups and triggered lawsuits.

The Bureau of Land Management said in documents posted Wednesday that the agency's preferred plan among four options for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development."

Jill Robinson
gunmemorial.org

Funeral services will be held Friday in West Valley City for a municipal code enforcement officer fatally shot while on the job in the Salt Lake City suburb.

The public can attend services for 52-year-old Jill Robinson, which begin at 10 a.m. at the Maverik Center.

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