Stories from the Associated Press

West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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A Salt Lake City high school student is in juvenile detention after allegedly bringing a gun to school Thursday.

School district spokeswoman Yándary Chatwin said that the West High School ninth-grade boy had indicated he was holding the handgun for someone else and that there was no immediate threat to the school. It's unclear who he was holding it for.

Ex-Iron County Republican Party treasurer arrested for soliciting sex.
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 A former Republican Party official in southern Utah has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a prostitute.

Blake Cozzens filed a guilty plea in court Tuesday and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $1,000.

Utah Official Calls Community Forum To Prevent Youth Suicide In Utah.
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Utah suicide prevention researcher Michael Staley says suicide isn't easily explained, and a community forum won't end suicide or suicidal behavior. But he calls it a start.

A Thursday evening meeting in Herriman drew about 400 couples, families with teens, school administrators, pastors and counselors.

At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. Two suspects believed to be students were in custody.

Utah Prision
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A 20-year-old Utah man accused in the shooting death of a man authorities say was a rival gang member has been charged with murder.

Kaden Michael Gilliatt was charged Wednesday. The station reports he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Mormon leadership calls for racial harmony.
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Top leaders from the NAACP and Mormon church are calling for greater racial harmony and mutual respect following the first official meeting between national leaders of the civil rights organization and Utah-based religion.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the alliance should be an example for others to work in harmony and with greater civility as he read prepared remarks during a media event in Salt Lake City Thursday. Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson called for greater racial and ethnic harmony.

Utah man jailed in Venezuelan prison.
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A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for Americans' help getting out of a Caracas jail where he has been held for two years without trial.

In two short videos shot on a cellphone and posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, Joshua Holt said his life was threatened during a disturbance by inmates who include President Nicolas Maduro's top opponents. Venezuela's chief prosecutor sent a commission to the jail to discuss the prisoners' demands.

Utah Valley University
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The former head of Utah Valley University's anti-discrimination office has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of unfairly firing her after she raised concerns about potential discrimination against women and non-Mormons.

Melissa Frost said Tuesday that she faced retaliation for whistleblowing about the university's hiring practices and disregard for reports of harassment. She filed a lawsuit in state court last week.

Prairie dogs to blame for E. Coli outbreak in Bryce Canyon National Park
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Utah authorities are investigating reports of drinking water contaminated by E. coli linked to prairie dogs at Bryce Canyon National Park, but say tests so far show it's clean.

The sheriff near the iconic park that saw 2.5 million visitors last year said Tuesday county leaders are alarmed about contamination reports linked to feces from nearby prairie dogs.

Mormon (LDS) Church wants rape case thrown out.
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The Mormon church is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing leaders of brushing aside rape allegations against a former missionary training center director.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in court documents filed Tuesday that many people who could have testified about what happened in 1984 have died or are left with only cloudy memories, leaving the faith unable to fully defend itself.

Woman injured after crash in Tesla car using the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode.
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The driver of a Tesla electric car that hit a Utah fire department vehicle over the weekend says the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode was engaged at the time of the crash.

Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan said Monday the driver also said in an interview that she was looking at her phone before the accident.

Zion National Park site of vandalism
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Officials say a vandal turned himself in after receiving backlash on social media for defacing a rock at a popular hiking spot in Zion National Park.

Authorities say the visitor wrote his Instagram username on a rock at Angels Landing in the southwestern Utah park.

Couple from Ogden, UT pleads not guilty for death of toddler
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An Ogden couple accused of killing their 3-year-old daughter last year have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile entered their pleas in a northern Utah courtroom Monday.

BLM keeps Utah staffers from archaeology conference
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The federal Bureau of Land Management reportedly blocked at least 14 staff archaeologists — including some specialists from Utah — from attending a conference of the Society for American Archaeology in Washington, D.C. over cost concerns

The staffers were scheduled to lead a symposium entitled "Tough Issues in Land Management Archaeology."

Car crash in Saratoga Springs kills 1 and injures 5
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Authorities say one person is dead and five others injured in a two-car crash in Saratoga Springs.

City police say the accident occurred early Sunday and the cause remains under investigation.

St. George Temple damaged by intruder.
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A Mormon church spokesman says an intruder broke into a church temple in southern Utah and damaged furniture, artwork and other terms before being stopped by church workers and arrested by police.

Eric Hawkins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the St. George Temple resumed normal operations after the incident Saturday morning.

Utah Teens host 'Queer Prom' Saturday night
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The second annual alternative prom in Logan designed to make LGBTQ students feel comfortable was organized by teenagers this time and was called "Queer Prom."

Oliver Wesley, the son of Logan Pride Foundation President Rikki Wheatley-Boxx, was on the planning committee for this year's prom. He says there's a push, among younger generations, to reclaim the word "queer."

Pizza blamed for dip in fine revenue.
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A pizza-for-parking scheme is mostly to blame for a dip in the number of parking tickets issued and fines collected in Salt Lake City.

The city's parking officers have written 40,000 fewer tickets this year and collections from overtime fees are down $1.2 million.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry to potentially become part of Jurassic National Monument
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New legislation from a pair of Republican Utah lawmakers would create the Jurassic National Monument at a dinosaur fossil site and create a conservation area around the rugged San Rafael Swell.

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. John Curtis said Wednesday their sweeping new land reform bill would protect nearly 1 million acres of natural lands in central Utah's Emery County. It has support from local officials.

Campaign manager accused of illegally buying forms off canvasser.
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Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative say supporters tried to buy off canvassers asking people to withdraw support for the proposal.

Organizers with Drug Safe Utah filed a complaint with the lieutenant governor's office Tuesday alleging that the campaign manager of pro-medical marijuana group Utah Patients Coalition tried to illegally buy completed signature-removal forms off a canvasser. Drug Safe Utah opposes the initiative and wants people to remove their signatures from a petition putting it on the ballot.

Mom speaks out after fatal attack of daughter
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A Utah mother who was on the phone with her 15-year-old daughter when she was murdered says they were talking about the mail when the girl started screaming.

Shauna Bagshaw said that she and her daughter Baleigh Bagshaw talked every day after school, including on May 7, the day a normal conversation turned into incomprehensible screaming.

Teachers in Canyons School District will recieve bonuses and pay raises starting in the 2018-2019 school year.
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Canyons School District has raised the starting salary for new teachers and will hand out a one-time bonus to licensed educators.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to hike the starting salary 4.5 percent, to $41,835, for the 2018-19 school year. Educators, including new hires, will also receive a one-time $500 bonus.

Rob Bishop pushing to turn Golden Spike National Historic Site into a national park.
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Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop wants to turn northern Utah's Golden Spike National Historic Site into a national park.

Bishop said that he's introducing legislation Thursday that would elevate the status of the site at Promontory Summit where the first transcontinental railroad in country was completed in 1869.

Baseball field site of racial slurs during high school baseball game.
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School officials say they have taken action after a baseball player used a racial slur against a player on the opposing team at a high school game in the Salt Lake City area.

Canyons School District launched an investigation Tuesday after multiple people overheard a Brighton High School player direct the slur Monday against a Jordan High School player who is black.

Jury rules "Not Guilty" in child rap case.
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Three Utah men have been found not guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl while her mother was smoking methamphetamine in a nearby garage.

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in the case where the girl's harrowing testimony about what she said happened after a rural Easter egg hunt in 2016 was the centerpiece of the case.

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