Stories from the Associated Press

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney
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Orrin Hatch is stepping down, but he's not planning on fading away.

The long-serving Republican senator spoke Monday at an event kicking off a $40 million fundraising campaign to build the Hatch Center library and think tank.

Navajo Generating Station
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A potential new operator of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation says it would run the plant at less than half its capacity to ensure it's economical.

Fewer employees, and a new lease and coal supply agreement also are in the mix as Chicago-based Middle River Power pursues a takeover of the Navajo Generating Station.

Man who crashed into own home had access to hangar code.
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The president of a Utah company whose small plane was used by a man who crashed into his own house says the pilot had access to the plane because he had earned the firm's trust.

Leon Van Sickle, president of the VanCon, Inc., a general engineering company, said on Tuesday that Duane Youd was a "rock-solid" employee during his 13 months as company pilot.

Man supposedly crashed plane into house following domestic dispute.
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  Authorities say a man killed after crashing a small plane into a Utah house appears to have intentionally flown into his own home just hours after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

Police in the city of Payson, south of Salt Lake City, say Duane Youd's wife was in the home when the plane hit early Monday but survived.

Cedar City authorities are currently investigating after finding a man's body following a house fire.
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Authorities in Cedar City are investigating after a man's body was found in the ashes of a house fire.

The house caught fire Sunday afternoon, and when crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flame. Some neighbors were told to leave their homes due to the fire danger.

Crews cut off power and gas to the home when they couldn't get a response from the residents.

The man's body was found several hours later, after most of the fire was out and crews were searching the scene for possible hot spots. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

McKenna Denson
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 A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a woman was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct.

McKenna Denson's attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has received three proposals for a new detention facility for its operations in Salt Lake City, but none of the proposals would be built in Utah.

The federal agency began its search last year for a new detention facility somewhere in the Salt Lake City area or at least within 180 miles (290 kilometers) from its local field office and immigration court.

"Dang You To Heck" is a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity
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A Provo woman has developed a card game that pokes fun at unique Mormon culture in a similar mold as the intentionally offensive party game Cards Against Humanity.

Jerilyn Pool began producing her Dang You to Heck game in January, hiring a Provo printer to make the cards and packaging the game at home to then sell online.

Greater Sage-Grouse
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Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.

The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important tool for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.

West Valley, Utah neighborhood.
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A Utah code enforcement officer is dead after being shot by a 64-year-old man who police say also set blaze to a neighbor's house and the officer's car.

West Valley City Police Roxeanne Vainuku said the unarmed, female code enforcement officer was fatally shot Thursday morning in the man's driveway a neighborhood near a golf course in the Salt Lake City suburb.

Montana wildlife.
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The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 16-month tenure in which he proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of plant and animal species.

Spokesman Gavin Shire said Thursday that Greg Sheehan will step down next week to return to his family and home in Utah.

Senator Orrin Hatch
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Republican Orrin Hatch is going before a hometown crowd to tout his party's second Supreme Court nominee in as many years as he prepares to finish a four-decade career in the U.S. Senate.

In a speech at a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City Thursday, Hatch described judge Brett Kavanaugh as a "decent, honorable person" caught in bitter partisan wrangling. He has said he'll do everything in his power to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the high court.

Utah County Jail
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Authorities say a Salt Lake County Metro Jail inmate has died after being injured in a fist fight with another inmate.

County Sheriff's officials say 38-year-old Daniel Lamont Davis died Saturday at a hospital.

Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney is calling for a high-tech early detection system and more logging to prevent wildfires ravaging the U.S. West.

The U.S. Senate candidate in Utah said in an essay Tuesday the government can do more to prevent fires there and other places like California, which is fighting its largest wildfire in state history.

F-35A Lightning II Aircraft flying by Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

San Juan Power Plant
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GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

Leonard Gorman is put back on Utah ballot.
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A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission after a judge sided with him in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Leonard Gorman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered San Juan County to put Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot during a hearing Tuesday in Moab that Gorman attended.

Mia Love Holding Open Office Hours

Aug 8, 2018
Mia Love to hold open office hours.
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U.S. Rep. Mia Love will hold open office hours to hear from people in her district for up to 10 minutes at a time on Wednesday.

Her office says in a statement she will meet with small groups at her West Jordan office to hear about the issues they care about.

Navajo Mountain High School Robotics Team
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A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

The group from Navajo Mountain High School will travel to Mexico City for the event beginning Aug. 14. They were invited to compete in the First Global Challenge, which will draw teams from 190 countries to create robots capable of feeding power plants and building environmentally efficient transmission networks.

Sanpete County Wildfire.
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Authorities in central Utah say a wildfire in Sanpete County has burned an estimated 1.5 square miles (4 sq. kilometers), destroyed at least two structures and forced the evacuation of approximately 350 people while threatening 150 homes.

It isn't yet known what caused the fire near Milburn, Fairview and Indianola to start Monday and there's no report on a containment percentage.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn't have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments.

U.S. District Court Judge David Nye on Monday ruled the records are protected presidential communications, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Albion Basin
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Professional photographers are upset to learn they will be charged $125 for a special permit fee and $50 per shoot to be able to take pictures in a picturesque northern Utah area full of vivid summer wildflowers.

The Forest Service officials recently began being tough on permits and fees since large crowds at Little Cottonwood Canyon's Albion Basin are taking a toll on resources.

Woodbury Art Museum in Orem presents Heroes and Villains in their latest exhibition.
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A new art exhibit in Provo has turned gallery space into a giant coloring book by allowing visitors to fill in the elaborate drawings of comic book style heroes and villains.

Utah Valley University's Woodbury Art Museum is hosting the "Heroes and Villains: How Mythology Made Comics" exhibition, which runs through mid-September.

Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
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Utah Valley University's first female president will start on Sept. 16, with an annual salary of just under $300,000.

The institution has released details about the position soon to be filled by Astrid Tuminez. She is leaving a job with Microsoft as regional director for corporate and legal affairs Southeast Asia to take the position in Orem.

Jenny Wilson
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is throwing down the gauntlet to Mitt Romney on immigration.

Wilson said in a news conference Thursday Romney is "out of touch" with Utah voters on the issue. She says Romney's policies are harsh, including ending so-called chain migration, a term critics use to describe family-based immigration. He's also supported a border wall backed by President Donald Trump.

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