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A defense attorney is questioning charges filed in a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight.

The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports a lawyer for 61-year-old Robert Ray Lyman said following a Tuesday hearing that part of the case could be dropped for lack of evidence. Attorney Andrew Deiss didn't elaborate.

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A Utah mayor overcame $1 million in attacks from out-of-state groups to win a three-way Republican primary in the race to fill a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives vacated by Jason Chaffetz.

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Utah election officials say about 22 percent of registered Republican voters have cast early ballots in the three-candidate GOP primary race to replace U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Elections director Mark Thomas said that number is expected to rise as people go to the polls to vote Tuesday.

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Sentencing has been delayed for a northern Utah woman who admitted killing her infant son nearly four years ago.

District Court Judge Thomas Willmore postponed Monday's scheduled sentencing in Logan so 45-year-old Marie Rutchey of River Heights can undergo another psychiatric evaluation at a state mental hospital.

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Utah residents are holding unity and anti-racism rallies Monday night to denounce the messages of hate and violence of white supremacists at a weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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A law enforcement officer in Utah deliberately jammed a pistol's firing mechanism by hand during a struggle with a man who had just fired the gun near charging officers.

Witnesses at a Moab bar called police on Tuesday saying the man was showing the gun and threatening people.

Witnesses say the man pulled the gun from his waistband as officers approached him. They say he was able to fire one bullet before officers tackled him and someone was able to jam the pistol.

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Federal investigators say a plane that slammed into a Utah highway started making unusual sounds during takeoff and apparently struggled to stay at altitude before the crash that killed four people.

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A group from the University of Utah is raising concerns about a $10 million donation from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

They say in a letter released Tuesday that Koch donations are aimed at supporting academic work in line with their views, so accepting the money could make the university into a vehicle for political goals like climate change skepticism.

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A panel of Utah lawmakers is recommending the Mormon church's top lobbyist take a new job overseeing the Legislature's office that drafts laws, gives legal advice and staffs committees.

A bipartisan group of a dozen lawmakers unanimously approved John Q. Cannon to take over the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel in September.

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A man charged in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation is headed to federal court.

Tom Begaye is scheduled Tuesday to attend a change-of-plea hearing in federal court. But it is not known if his lawyers and federal prosecutors have struck a deal. Begaye previously pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse and other charges.

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Utah's auditor says in a report that it appears the embattled former Salt Lake County recorder has not overseen his office's finances since 2014.

The report backs up an investigation last year that found Gary Ott had little overnight or involvement in his office's activities.

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A ballot initiative campaign asking Utah voters in 2018 to raise income and sales taxes for schools has scaled back the proposal after state officials said it would generate more tax revenue than expected.

Our Schools Now originally proposed raising Utah's income tax and sales tax half a percentage point each.

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A transgender patient is suing a Utah doctor who they say removed both of their ovaries after the two had discussed only removing one.

Lesley Ann Shaw filed a lawsuit July 21 in the 3rd District Court against Dr. Rixt Luikenaar for malpractice. The 37-year-old, who does not identify as male or female, went to the doctor after experiencing menstruation problems and pain for several weeks.

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Following the recent shooting death of a Utah K-9, a woman donated $4,000 to the West Jordan Police Department to equip its police dogs with body armor.

84-year-old Alexandra Eframo says she was moved to make the donation after the July 6 death of Dingo, who was killed in the line of duty helping U.S. Marshals Service take a violent fugitive into custody.

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Friends say a Utah pilot killed with three others when a plane crashed on a highway also lost a brother to an aviation accident more than a decade ago.

Mormon bishop Steve Cottle says the family is experiencing a tragic rerun of Corry Clarke's 2002 death in a gyroplane.

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Flooding in the Salt Lake Valley has closed a number of roads and shut down part of a commuter rail line.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory Wednesday for most of central Salt Lake County, including Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, Murray, Millcreek, Holladay, Cottonwood West, Mount Olympus and Canyon Rim.

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Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is calling President Donald Trump's review of two dozen national monuments highly problematic and out of step with what Americans want.

Jewell said Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show that Trump is treating national parks like contestants on a game show when he should be respecting measured decisions made by past presidents.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is planning to headline a campaign rally to support a former Utah state legislator who is vying to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress.

Chris Herrod's campaign announced Monday that Cruz will appear alongside Herrod at a rally Saturday in Lehi. Herrod was selected by about 800 members of Utah's GOP last month as their preferred candidate during a state convention.

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Ute leaders say they're frustrated with Utah's treatment of their tribe and are demanding state officials deal with their government as a fellow sovereign nation.

Tribal leaders outline their concerns in a letter pulling out of Gov. Gary Hebert's annual Native American Summit.

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Colorado will contribute $1.7 million to help relocate the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show from Salt Lake City to Denver.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission this week approved the award, contingent on three outdoor retail conventions being held in Denver annually for five years.

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A report predicts an area between Salt Lake City and Provo could face major highway congestion, a lack of affordable housing options and an increase in poor air quality by 2050.

A planning group warned the Point of the Mountain Development Commission on Thursday that the area surrounding Utah's aging state prison would not draw in high-tech businesses and jobs if current trends, population growth and practices continue.

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The sweeping red-rock vistas at Utah's Zion National Park are increasingly filled with a bumper crop of visitors.

Now park managers are weighing an unusual step to manage the tide: Requiring tourists to make RSVPs to get in.

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U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington say they've taken down an illicit internet marketplace where a Park City teenager bought drugs responsible for a classmate's fatal overdose.

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The billionaire conservative Koch brothers and Utah's wealthy Eccles family are giving a combined $20 million to the University of Utah to create an economics and quantitative analysis institute.

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A polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border is appealing an overhaul of its government operations that was ordered in response to a verdict that found nonbelievers were denied police protection, building permits and water hookups on the basis of religion.

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