Stories from the Associated Press

Ephraim, Utah police officer files whistleblower lawsuit
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A former police officer in a small Utah town who resigned in protest after alleging misconduct by the chief has filed a federal whistleblower complaint.Darren Pead's lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the city of Ephraim and manager Brant Hanson.

Anheuser-Busch Company warns Utah that it will cut its weaker beer supply to Utah by 40%
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One of the world's biggest brewing companies says it may stop creating weak beer that can be sold at Utah grocery and convenience stores where stronger beer, wine and liquor sales are forbidden.Anheuser-Busch warned Utah beer wholesalers in a letter this month that it may reduce 40 percent of the low-alcohol beer it offers in Utah.

Former Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt pushing for Premarital Education bill
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Former Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt is working to revive a legislative proposal that would take $20 off the cost of getting a marriage license for couples who take a premarital course covering topics like problem-solving and commitment.Similar legislation failed to make it through the state Senate last year over concerns on local implementation and curriculum exemptions for religious organizations.

San Juan County, Utah, highlighted in red on a Utah state map
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A federal judge is approving new county election districts in southeastern Utah after finding the boundaries discriminated against American Indians who make up roughly half the population. The new San Juan County voting districts are designed to give native residents an equal voice in local races, but commissioner Phil Lyman said Friday they are unfair and the county plans to appeal.

Wildfires overtaking acres of rangeland and sagebrush country in the West
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Federal officials have launched a two-pronged plan to stop a vicious cycle of rangeland wildfires in a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday says it will create an Environmental Impact Statement concerning fuel breaks and another on fuels reduction and restoration for Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, and Washington.

A small Utah town will burn a dancing bears sculpture for an annual celebration of the winter solstice and to honor the former Bears Ears National Monument.

Bluff residents and friends Thursday night will burn the 15-foot-high effigy created by local artist Joe Pachak. The sculpture, made of willows and branches, depicts a traditional Ute dance step.

Chambers for Mormon Baptisms for the dead, UPR reports Mormons using these baptisms for Holocaust Victims
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A researcher who has spent two decades monitoring the church's massive genealogical database says Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as grandparents of public figures despite church rules intended to restrict the ceremonies to a member's ancestors.

The discoveries made by Helen Radkey likely will bring new scrutiny to a deeply misunderstood practice.

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A teenager accused of encouraging a plot that left a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head has agreed to plea deal.

Seventeen-old Jayzon Decker faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempted aggravated murder and obstruction of justice.

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A Utah woman is behind bars but three other suspects remain at large following the theft of a police cruiser during a bizarre chain of events near the Idaho line.

The trouble began when a Tremonton police officer pulled over four people in a speeding vehicle north of Ogden at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old female driver ran and the officer caught her, but the other three suspects took off in the car. A Box Elder County deputy caught up with the 28-year-old female driver but the two passengers were gone.

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