Stories from the Associated Press

Utah Commission releases safety recommendations following school shootings.
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A coalition of Utah officials are recommending the state create a waiting period for people wanting to buy guns, require background checks on all firearm sales and make it easier to take guns away from people believed to be a threat.

The 11 recommendations released by the Utah Safe Schools Safety Commission Wednesday were developed in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Alterra Mountain Company has purchased Solitude Mountain Resort.
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  A fast-growing ski resort company is buying another Utah property less than a year after it acquired a ski resort east of Salt Lake City.

The Denver-based Alterra Mountain Company announced Tuesday the purchase of Solitude Mountain Resort, a 1,200-acre (486-hectare) property in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Solitude has been owned by Park City's Deer Valley Resort since 2014. The company acquired Deer Valley Resort in August 2017 but its owners had retained the Solitude resort.

The company called the new acquisition a "tremendous addition to our family of destinations."

A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young Utah girls.

33-year-old Johnathon Nixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and child sodomy.

Body of missing man found in Newton Dam.
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Authorities say the body of a man who disappeared while swimming in a reservoir at Newton Dam has been found.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Austin Nsegiyumva's body was found about 50 feet from shore under 8 feet of water.

Teen attempts to blow up a homemade explosive device at school in St. George, Utah.
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  Authorities say a Utah teenager told police he tried to blow up a homemade explosive device in his backpack at school because he'd been looking at Islamic State propaganda and wanted to cause fear.

Prosecutors showed video Monday of the 16-year-old talking to police after the smoking but inert backpack was found at the school in March.

Salt Lake City School District was forced to ban leis due to graduation venue policies.
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  Some Utah high schools don't allow students to wear leis and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state's Pacific Islander community says feels discriminatory.

Some schools around the state have sought a uniform look for graduating students that limits distractions or special attention, resulting in bans on ornamentation.

Mitt Romney has large lead on opponent for the primary elections.
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Financial disclosures show former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a large leg up on his opponent heading into Utah Republican primary next Tuesday.

Romney's campaign reported raising nearly $2 million between April and June. He spent $1.4 million in that period and has roughly $1.6 million in the bank.

Volunteers search for missing man in Newton Dam.
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Northern Utah authorities are scaling back the search for a swimmer who disappeared while swimming at Newton Dam over the weekend.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke told the Herald Journal Monday that volunteers will remain throughout the week to search for the 35-year-old man.

St. George woman found dead in suspected homicide.
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  Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the death of a St. George woman last week.

St. George police say 28-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin was taken into custody Saturday in the Moab area on suspicion of murder.

Jason Summers was arrested on Friday for child abuse and trespassing.
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  Law enforcement authorities in northern Utah are accusing a man of throwing sulfuric acid on a child.

32-year-old Smithfield resident Jason Keith Summers was arrested Friday on charges including child abuse and trespassing.

Man who rented equipment from Provo Canyon Outfitters stole keys and IDs from the company.
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  Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a box containing several car keys from an outdoor recreation company, leaving as many as 30 people stranded.

Provo Canyon Outfitters, which rents tubes and rafts to float on the Provo River, said Saturday a man had stolen a box containing car keys and identification cards of customers.

University of Utah campus
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The U.S. Department of Energy will give the University of Utah up to $140 million to support a research laboratory studying manmade geothermal energy.

The department announced the five-year funding plan Thursday for the facility outside Milford, in Beaver County.

LGBTQA+ groups allowed to march in Utah July 4 Parade
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Organizers of a prominent Utah July Fourth festival are reversing course and allowing LGBTQA organizations to march in its parade.

LGBTQA Mormon activist Kendall Wilcox said Thursday he and other activists had an emotional meeting with organizers of America's Freedom Festival that resulted in an agreement allowing the five organizations to participate.

Provo, Utah neighborhood.
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A new report indicates the cost of housing in Utah is increasing at a faster rate than wages for low income households.

A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Wednesday shows people earning minimum wage would need to work 98 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in the state.

Sam Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp (right).
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A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that believed in polygamy is pleading guilty to sodomy and child bigamy charges.

John Coltharp agreed to the plea deal in a courtroom in Manti Wednesday in exchange for prosecutors dropping kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges.

Utah sees increase in child death following child-welfare involvement.
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  Utah officials say 23 children died over the last year after state child-welfare authorities became involved in their cases, marking a slight increase over the year before.

A report released Wednesday shows four of the deaths between July 2017 and June 2018 were homicides. The others were suicides, accidents or from natural causes.

LDS Church Offices in downtown Salt Lake City, UT
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A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s is accusing church officials of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

Wildfire risk is at a high and the Navajo Nation is cracking down on potential hazards.
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The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other. Tribal officials plan to conduct a ceremony next week, making offerings for rain.

Wildfires blaze in central Utah
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A wildfire in central Utah fed by dry conditions and swift wind has consumed more than 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) and burned a cabin.

The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the Trail Mountain fire northwest of Orangeville began as a prescribed burn but grew out of control last week.

Utah Transit Authority says liquor ads do not violate their policies.
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  An Ogden distillery owner will be able to buy liquor ads on Utah light rail trains and buses after all despite earlier beliefs that these ads were illegal.

The confusion started last week when Steve Conlin, a managing partner with Ogden's Own Distillery, asked how much it would cost to advertise his products on Utah Transit Authority vehicles. He was initially told it was illegal to advertise spirits in Utah.

Fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in Moab.
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A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab.

 Moab city officials said in a news release Tuesday night that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

1 dead after man drives into patio area of the Millcreek, Utah Starbucks.
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Police are continuing to investigate whether a Utah driver's medical issue was responsible for sending a pickup truck careening into a Starbucks patio last week.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera can't confirm investigators' initial hypothesis about a medical episode such as a seizure until she reviews a toxicology report that is still being compiled.

Mitchell and Barzee are in prison for kidnapping then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart.
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A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 refused to attend a hearing before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison earlier.

A Utah parole board member said Tuesday at the hearing that 72-year-old Wanda Barzee also refused to undergo psychological evaluation needed to get out before her scheduled release in 2024.

Samuel Tom Holiday was one of the last Navajo Code Talkers.
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  Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday in southern Utah.

He was 94.

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.

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