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The Havasupai Tribe says three animal abuse cases in its tribal court have ended in convictions since the tribe promised last year to make animal-cruelty offenses a top priority.

Two other individuals have also had animal cruelty charges filed against them in the past month.

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A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say ongoing grave robbing and looting of cultural artifacts merit action and intervention. The group didn't provide any statistics to back the claim in its official letter.

A Utah militia group leader has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona in what prosecutors call a case of domestic terrorism.

William Keebler pleaded guilty to attempting to damage federal property Thursday.

LDS ex-missionary leader accused of victimizing women.
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The Mormon church says a man supervising young missionaries in Puerto Rico was removed from the post and kicked out of the religion after female missionaries reported behavior that was "immoral and sinful."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' spokesman Eric Hawkins said Thursday in a statement that Philander Knox Smartt III was immediately replaced in 2014 after the women said they had been deceived and victimized.

Previous Sandy City police chief Thacker.
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The police chief in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy has been fired for inappropriately touching other police department employees.

Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced the firing of Police Chief Kevin Thacker Tuesday after an investigation uncovered several claims of unprofessional behavior.

A Cedar City woman charged in her 14-month-old daughter's death has pleaded not guilty.

The Spectrum reports 24-year-old Cherokee Dea pleaded not guilty to murder, child abuse and child endangerment charges during an arraignment on Tuesday.

Crandall Canyon Mine.
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Firefighters in central Utah are making progress on a 100-acre wildfire that closed a mine in a national forest about 100 miles southeast of Provo.

Authorities believe a campfire lit by recreationists sparked the blaze reported Friday afternoon about 15 miles northwest of Huntington.

Roy Hawthorne Sr., 92, passes away.
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A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died.

The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92.

Big Shot Ranch in Tooele, Utah.
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Investigators are calling a large fire that destroyed the clubhouse of a Utah shooting range arson.

The Deseret News reports a fire on Thursday caused about $400,000 worth of damage to the clubhouse of the Big Shot Ranch about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) west of Salt Lake City.

Utah State Prison, where William Lawrencehas been sentenced for sexual assault.
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A former Utah corrections officer was sentenced for sexually assaulting a woman after fleeing from the sentence for more than 10 years.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports William Lawrence on Monday, 12 years after the assault, was sentenced to zero to five years in the Utah State Prison.

Utah State University
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Utah State University has removed its Title IX coordinator after an investigation revealed administrators had not sufficiently addressed sexism and sexual misconduct allegations against some faculty members.

Ely Prison where an inmate was stabbed to death.
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A Nevada inmate serving up to life in prison for kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault has been stabbed to death in a fight with two other inmates at the state prison in Ely.

Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday that 32-year-old Sergio Chan was killed in the altercation at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Recreational pot sales may be allowed in Wendover.
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The legal sale of recreational marijuana on the Nevada-Utah line may not be banned after all.

The mayor of West Wendover, Nevada is using his veto power to put the question back on the table.

Utah man sentenced to 100 years in prison, with more charges still pending.
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A 38-year-old southern Utah man convicted of sexually abusing five young girls will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A judge in Ogden sentenced Jacob Streeper of Riverdale to at least 100 years in prison. He still faces sentencing for two additional felony charges after he violated a court order and contacted victims after his arrest.

Lawmakers meeting to override Gov. Herbert's veto.
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Utah lawmakers will hold a veto override session Wednesday afternoon to try to undo Gov. Gary Herbert's rejection of two bills expanding their powers.

The Republican governor in March vetoed a bill that would force the attorney general to release legal opinions requested by lawmakers and another bill allowing lawmakers to defend state laws in court, a role that belongs to the attorney general.

Utah could join 30 other states in legalizing some form of medical marijuana.
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The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States.

If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana. That's according to the pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

Police in Salina say two juveniles have been injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Salina police say the accident occurred Saturday in a riding area east of the city when an ATV rolled onto the two 12-year-olds who weren't wearing helmets or other safety gear.

Logo for Utah State Treasurer.
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Officials say Utah residents have more than $38 million in unclaimed property.

The Deseret News reports the Utah State Treasurer's Office recently announced the Utah Unclaimed Property Division received more than $38.4 million in lost property at the end of 2017.

Utah Treasurer David Damschen says the property is from a variety of sources, including dormant bank accounts, stock certificates and uncollected insurance payouts.

Jails in Utah counties have had significantly less deaths last year.
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Figures from sheriff's offices around the state show seven people died at county jails in Utah last year, down from a record 25 the year before.

The Standard-Examiner reports last year it requested 2016's jail death records from Utah's 29 counties. Twenty-three deaths were reported. Two more jail-related deaths were discovered with additional record requests to the Weber and Davis county sheriff's offices. Those two deaths had not been counted because the inmates died later at hospitals, not in the jails.

An investment firm tasked with finding a new owner for an Arizona coal plant says it's focused on one potential investor with a handful of others on the sideline.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close in 2019 if no one steps in to buy it.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
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A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
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A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah prairie dogs are given looser protections.
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Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are loosening contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs in a plan that's worrying for animal advocates but cheered by people in southern Utah who said their town was overrun.

The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan makes it easier to develop private land, even it means prairie dogs are removed or killed.

A state audit of a southwestern Utah county's sheriff's office has uncovered poor oversight and occasional misuse of government equipment.

The auditor's report released on Tuesday said that the Washington County Sheriff's Office kept poor records about $124,000 in donated funds and didn't have proper safeguards to ensure that gift cards and other expenses weren't being abused. At least one official also used county equipment for their personal use.

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