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Polygamous community picks outsider as new police chief

Polygamous community picks outsider as new police chief

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has hired an outsider with no ties to the sister cities as its new police chief. Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, announced Thursday night that Mark Askerlund has been hired as the new town marshal. He has […]

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Utah man nominated to be assistant secretary of state

Utah man nominated to be assistant secretary of state

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a member of a Utah group which advocates for reducing immigrant populations to serve as assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. The White House announced Ronald Mortensen’s nomination on Thursday. The Senate must confirm the Bountiful man […]

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Illnesses tied to synthetic pot extract raise concerns

Illnesses tied to synthetic pot extract raise concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah and federal health officials say a recent rash of illnesses tied to synthetic compounds falsely marketed as marijuana extract should prompt wider oversight of the substances. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday said up to 52 people got […]

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report released Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, contributed the most money to the groups, funneling $4.7 million to organizations and physicians from 2012 through last year, according to the report. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

County in Utah files state opioid lawsuit against 24 firms

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Another county in Utah is suing opioid makers and distributors over what critics call the ill effects of prescription painkiller abuse. Weber County Commissioner James Ebert announced the 240-page lawsuit on Thursday. The Standard-Examiner reports it names 24 defendants, including opioid makers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon. […]

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Utah man who sold machine-gun converters sentenced to prison

Utah man who sold machine-gun converters sentenced to prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for illegally making and selling more than 1,400 machine-gun converter devices for AR-15-style rifles. The Deseret News reports that Scott Ray Bishop was sentenced Thursday. He told U.S. District Judge Dee Benson that he thought […]

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Rock climber dies after 60-foot fall in southern Utah

Rock climber dies after 60-foot fall in southern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a rock climber died after falling 60 feet in a remote spot in southern Utah. Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse said in a news release Thursday that 63-year-old Fiorenzo Marino Antognini fell on Monday while climbing near the small town of Motoqua. […]

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University of Utah to become tobacco-free

University of Utah to become tobacco-free

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah soon will be a tobacco-free institution. KSL-TV reports the mandate, effective beginning in July, will prohibit smoking and the use of any tobacco products on campus grounds at any time. A release from the university Monday says the tobacco-free effort is part of […]

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Herbert open to gun reform, criticizes NRA tactics

Herbert open to gun reform, criticizes NRA tactics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he is open to changing the state’s gun laws as one of other strategies to prevent violence at schools. The Republican said at his monthly televised news conference at KUED Thursday that he is not a member of the National […]

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Police: Missing Mexican woman’s body found in Utah canyon

Police: Missing Mexican woman’s body found in Utah canyon

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — The body of a woman who disappeared on her way home from English class in Utah three years ago has been found and police are investigating her death as a homicide, officials said Thursday. The skeletal remains of Elena Laguna Salgado, who had moved to […]

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1st sex assault trial set for ex-Utah State football player

1st sex assault trial set for ex-Utah State football player

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A trial for a former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women has been set for January. The Herald Journal reports that 24-year-old Torrey Green appeared in court Tuesday, where attorneys established a plan for trial. The seven cases charged against him will be tried […]

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