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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.
utahstatecapitol.utah.gov

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.
mycash.utah.gov

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.
corrections.utah.gov

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.

Different LGBTQ identities.
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A new Utah Department of Health survey has found that lesbian, gay and bisexual Utah residents are more frequently victims of sexual violence than heterosexual people.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 10,000 Utah adults took the survey in 2016, answering questions such as whether they had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who mentioned that Legislature needs to strengthen its powers.
house.utah.gov

Utah lawmakers will call themselves into a special session to override Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes of two bills the governor said went too far in expanding the Legislature's powers.

Legislative leaders announced Wednesday that more than two-thirds of the House and Senate favor an override.

Navajo Nation.
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A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

Attorneys for both parties argued before Judge Carol Perry on Monday on why the cases should or should not continue in tribal courts.

A Hurricane woman has been sentenced to prison for her part in the kidnapping and killing of a southern Utah man.

The Spectrum reports prosecutors say Tammy Freeman was a co-conspirator in a plot to "get rid" of David Heisler of Santa Clara after he gained custody of a daughter he shared with his ex-girlfriend.

Utah lawmakers are not immune to the sexual misconduct scandals and accusations taking over the country.
utahstatecapitol.utah.gov

State lawmakers across the country have been forced out of office, stripped of leadership posts or chastised after sexual misconduct allegations since last year. Utah wasn't immune.

Republican Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George resigned in February, days before allegations surfaced that he met with a prostitute in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms.

The headline-grabbing case shone a light on sexual misconduct allegations in a generally conservative state where most lawmakers are Mormon.

Those injured in the multi-vehicle crash were life-flighted to hospitals.
intermountainhealthcare.org

Law enforcement authorities in a suburban Salt Lake City community say a baby was killed and six people, including a toddler, were injured in a crash involving multiple vehicles.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera says the crash happened around 7 p.m. Monday in Herriman. She says a truck struck two vehicles at an intersection, including a minivan carrying the children.

The Mormon Priesthood serving sacrament, including colored patrons.
mormonnewsroom.org

The Mormon church says it will celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion's lay priesthood.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Monday night that the celebration will take place June 1 in Salt Lake City.

Children playing outside.
thehiveonline.org

After Utah passed the United States' first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids.

Critics say letting kids strike out on their own can expose them to serious dangers. But lawmakers and advocates in several states say the protective pendulum has swung too far. They want to send a message that parents who raise their children in a healthy environment can grant them more freedom.

Marijuana shop near Utah border worries Utah officials.
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Utah officials are wary after the first marijuana shop opened in the tiny town of Dinosaur, Colorado, just a few miles from the state line.

The Deseret News reports Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Todd Royce reminds residents of Utah, where recreational marijuana remains illegal, will still be charged and prosecuted if they bring the substance into Utah or consume it in the state.

A single-engine airplane, similar to the one that caught fire in Spanish Fork.
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Police say a small plane was destroyed after it caught on fire while it was inside a hanger at a Spanish Fork airport.

Spanish Fork Police Lt. Brandon Anderson says the single-engine plane caught fire in a hanger at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport late Saturday.

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