Stories from the Associated Press

Utah Lake experiences toxic algae bloom.
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For a third straight year, Utah officials are warning residents that a toxic algae bloom has made parts of Utah Lake near Provo unsafe for recreation. 

State and county agencies said Tuesday that recent tests on water samples showed high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in the waters of Provo Bay. Other parts of the lake are not affected by the algal bloom and considered safe for recreation.

Utah will no longer use SAGE testing.
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  Utah is ending its use of the SAGE standardized test and moving to tests produced by other providers.

The state Board of Education earlier this year approved a new test called "RISE" provided by Questar Assessment Inc. for students in grades three through eight, and the board on Thursday approved a contract with Pearson for the Utah Aspire Plus test for students in 9th and 10th grades.

Utah gas prices on the rise.
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  Gasoline prices in the Salt Lake City area have increased more than 2 cents in the past week.

The average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area is $3.10. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets.

The Temple Riders
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A Mormon motorcycle club is currently holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the region.

The Temple Riders are celebrating the club's 30th anniversary through Wednesday with the "Color Country 'n' Spires" rally.

Hogle Zoo welcomes new baby zebra.
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A baby zebra full of energy is making her public debut at a Utah zoo.

The 5-day-old foal entertained parents and young children Thursday at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City as she ran in circles, pranced and kicked up her heels with her mother watching close by.

West Jordan City
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Authorities say a woman was shot and killed after apparently breaking into a Utah home.

West Jordan police say the woman was shot after a man heard the home garage door opening about 5:30 a.m. Friday and found her inside the house.

Westside Elementary School, Utah
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With a July 1 deadline looming and $123 million at stake, school officials in Utah will ask the federal government for a one-year reprieve from a requirement that 95 percent of students participate in statewide testing.

The Utah State Board of Education on Thursday authorized state schools chief Sydnee Dickson to seek an exemption while the state tries to increase test participation rates that officials say now average 94 percent.

Bank of Vernal Utah
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A 54-year-old man known as the "Double Hat Bandit" has pleaded guilty to robbing banks and credit unions in seven states.

Shayne Carson said in his plea agreement filed in federal court in Utah Friday that he stole from 18 banks from Oregon to Iowa. The crime spree went from October 2016, until shortly before his arrest last September.

Utah Prison
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A 65-year-old Utah financial adviser who pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $12 million in restitution.

A federal judge in Utah handed down the sentence against Henry Brock Monday.

Mark Shurtleff
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Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is suing more than 40 officials and agencies involved in the failed corruption case against him that was dismissed two years ago.

Shurtleff said in a 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday that he is seeking $60 million to compensate for his pain and suffering.

Man dies nead Moab, Utah
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Authorities say a Minnesota man died after falling 60 feet while rappelling down a cliff in southern Utah.

Grand County Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal said that 33-year-old Scott Henning hiked with a friend Monday to a popular area for rappelling near the tourist town of Moab.

Man Attacked Following Salt Lake City Pride Festival
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Salt Lake City police are looking for leads after a man was allegedly attacked while trying to defend two gay men who were being chased after the Utah Pride Festival.

Detective Greg Wilking said Tuesday the two men were leaving the festival around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of young white men approached from an alley and made homophobic slurs. The couple sought refuge in a nearby ice cream shop.

Arizona Miners Rallying For Jobs
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Hundreds of miners and their relatives will join leaders from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United Mine Workers to rally at the state Capitol to keep open the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

The gathering in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning is the latest effort by employees of the 2,250-megawatt station near Page in northeastern Arizona to save their jobs. Utility operators say the station costs more to operate than natural gas-burning plants.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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A former U.S. intelligence officer is being charged with attempted espionage for trying to sell secrets to China.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 58-year-old Utah resident Ron Rockwell Hansen was paid up to $800,000 for passing along technology and information about U.S. military and intelligence issues.

Mormons pull missionaries from Nicaragua amid violence
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  The Mormon church is pulling the remaining 158 missionaries from Nicaragua because of ongoing violence and deteriorating conditions in the Central American country.

The move announced Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means the religion will no longer have proselytizing church members in the country. The faith pulled another 169 missionaries from Nicaragua two weeks ago.

Wyoming State Trooper
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Wyoming Highway Patrol officials are praising a Utah trucker who stopped on to help a trooper wrestling roadside with a man for the trooper's gun.

Trucker Darren Phillips of Taylorsville, Utah, says service with the Marines and the Army National Guard helped him put the man in a choke hold and pull him off the trooper.

Utah Scientists Study Lightning
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Data collected from a remote high-desert lab in Utah could help scientists learn more about the origin of lightning.

Instruments for the Telescope Array Lightning Project in Millard County recorded bursts of gamma ray flashes produced in the first milliseconds of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

2 Hikers Injured After Rock Fall In Zion National Park
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A popular trail at Zion National Park is closed after two people were hurt in a rock fall.

Park ranger John Marciano says one person suffered serious leg injuries in the Sunday-afternoon rock fall on the trail that leads to the iconic Narrows hike.

A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.

Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court.

Provo, Utah fire kills 1, inures another.
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Fire officials say one person died and another person was injured in a fire in Provo.

Provo Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the fire was reported early Friday morning.

Navajo Nation
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Leaders on the nation's largest American Indian reservation are marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

The signing of the agreement a century and a half ago signaled the end of a difficult chapter for Navajos that included their forced removal from their homeland in the Four Corners area of the Southwest and years of captivity at Bosque Redondo, part of Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico.

LDS Salt Lake City Temple
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 The Mormon church on Friday will celebrate the 40th anniversary of reversing its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples, rekindling debate about one of the faith's most sensitive topics.

The number of black Mormons has grown but still only accounts for an estimated 6 percent of 16 million worldwide members. Not one serves in the highest levels of global leadership.

Airbnb launches state-wide tourism program "Experiences."
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Airbnb is launching its guided activities program Experiences in Utah.

The company announced plans with the state tourism office Wednesday adding Utah to its list of nearly 180 locations offering locally guided classes, tours and adventures. The service had been quietly rolled out over the last month and featured roughly 50 options as of Wednesday.

Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah

May 31, 2018
Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah
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Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center in Utah that officials say will bring millions of dollars to the region.

Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials unveiled plans for the project Wednesday, after days of speculation about a mysterious company interested in a facility 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. Utah County had previously approved $150 million in tax incentives for the project without divulging the company's identity.

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  An initiative that would have made it easier for Utah political candidates to bypass party conventions has failed to make the ballot after vigorous campaigning by opponents.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's office said Tuesday that questions on medical marijuana, redistricting and Medicaid expansion had reached the threshold to be on the ballot in November.

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