Stories from the Associated Press

Historic County Courthouse in Provo, Utah
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A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.

Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.

Riverview Junior High, site of reported sexual assault
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Police are investigating a report of sexual assault that is said to have happened in a restroom near softball fields behind Riverview Junior High School.

Murray police Officer Kenny Bass confirmed Wednesday that the department is investigating the incident. A public post on Taylorsville Fast-pitch Softball's Facebook page says that the assault occurred April 25 "sometime after the Murray High School softball game."

Man killed by officers in Sugar House after refusing to drop weapons
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Body camera footage released in an officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City shows the victim was armed with a knife and told police to shoot him before he was killed during a standoff with a SWAT team.

Salt Lake City police released the footage Wednesday of the April 18 shooting of 32-year-old Delorean Pikyavit on the porch of his girlfriend's home in Sugar House.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

Worker killed in accident at Ogden plant
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Pet food company American Nutrition says one of its workers has been killed in an accident at the company's northern Utah plant.

American Nutrition CEO Bill Behnken says 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Roy was killed around 3 a.m. Tuesday while working on a packing line at the Ogden plant.

Worker killed in accident at Ogden plant
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Pet food company American Nutrition says one of its workers has been killed in an accident at the company's northern Utah plant.

American Nutrition CEO Bill Behnken says 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Roy was killed around 3 a.m. Tuesday while working on a packing line at the Ogden plant.

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities warned about unsafe Ozone levels
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Utah state regulators are announcing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a written warning about ozone pollution levels that exceed federal thresholds in seven counties.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday in a news release that the EPA has given the state three years to reign in the pollution problems. If not, the state must come up with an official action plan to deal with the situation.

Spanish Fork remembers missing teen Kiplyn Davis
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A candlelight vigil has been scheduled to remember the Utah teenager who went missing more than two decades ago.

The mayor of Spanish Fork has declared Wednesday as Kiplyn's Day, which marks 23 years since 15-year-old Kiplyn Davis vanished.

VA hospital investigating after tweets of 'unsanitary' room
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A Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City is investigating why an Army veteran was put in a room with an overflowing trash can and medical supplies strewn about after the man's father tweeted images of the unclean space.

Stephen Wilson, the father of Christopher Wilson who spent six years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq twice, posted the photos to Twitter on Friday, calling the sight "very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful."

Hunter High School student plans walkout
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A group of Utah high school students are planning to walk out of school Wednesday to show support for gun rights.

Organizer Collin Thorup says he and a small number of students at Hunter High School in West Valley City are staging their own walk out after students in Utah and around the country left class in March and April to protest gun violence.

Mitt Romney
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A group of conservative Republicans has hired a firm to persuade Utah voters to remove their names from a ballot initiative petition that would cement Utah's candidate nominating system.

Fundraising disclosure forms show Keep My Voice spent $174,000 on the effort. Backer Dave Bateman says that he's heard voters were misled, believing it was for other causes like to get Mitt Romney on the ballot.

Western Watersheds Logo and watershed valley project.
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Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western U.S. public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks to reverse lease sales across 475 square miles (1,230 square kilometers) in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

Utah State Prison; Prison officials review 74 cases after death-penalty blunder.
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Utah prison officials say they've reviewed 74 court cases involving inmate medical records after the department failed to produce documents in a death-penalty case.

The probe came after Judge Wallace Lee called for an investigation into the Department of Corrections' handing of the case of 36-year-old Steven Crutcher, who had once faced capital punishment in the death of his cellmate.

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.

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