Stories from the Associated Press

Utah Republican congressman John Curtis is again defending his actions as Provo mayor over the hiring and handling of harassment complaints against a former police chief.

Curtis released a second statement Wednesday responding to a lawsuit that claims he and the city failed to protect five women from alleged sexual harassment and assault by former Chief John King.

St. George, Utah.  Population grew 4% last year.
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The southwest Utah city of St. George has become the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan area, while rural Uintah County in the northeast corner of the state is among places that lost the greatest percentage of its population.

U.S. Census data released Thursday also puts the Provo-Orem area at No. 8 on the national growth chart.

Restaurants that serve alcohol will no longer be required to hang signs stating that they are a restaraunt and not a bar.
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Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing restaurants to take down state-mandated signs near their doors stating that they're a restaurant, "not a bar."

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday that he signed the measure, a change that restaurants have cheered.

The opioid crisis in America has caused many issues, and Utah County is suing in hopes of alleviating the crisis.
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Officials of a northern Utah county are suing drug manufacturers, distributors and doctors in an effort to mitigate the consequences of the nation's opioid crisis.

Summit County on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state district court against 25 companies and individuals, seeking a jury trial and an unspecified financial award for damages.

The Pill, a birth control method used my many women to prevent pregnancy.
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Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription for birth control.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the law Tuesday to allow women to get birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings directly from a pharmacist. Similar laws are in place in a handful of other states, including California, Colorado and Oregon.

A door handle barricade lock, one of many models used to prevent invasion.
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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure allowing Utah school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors.

The measure Herbert signed Monday was passed by the Legislature shortly after a February a school shooting killed 17 people in Florida and touched off calls for increased gun control and school safety around the country.

Delegates for state political party conventions will be chosen at neighborhood caucus meetings around the state amid a climate of bickering at the Utah Republican Party over the nomination system for candidates.

The meetings will be held Tuesday night. The current nomination process allows candidates to gather voter signatures to get on the primary election ballot as an alternative to the caucus/convention system.

Utah Republican Party logo.
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A federal appeals court has ruled against Utah's Republican Party and upheld a state law overhauling how political parties nominate candidates.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the 2014 law balances the state's interest in managing elections while allowing political parties and residents a way to express their political choices.

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

GasBuddy.com reports the average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area is $2.32. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets.

BYU school logo.
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At a rare, school-sanctioned event, four LGBT students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University spoke to about 600 students about what it's like to reconcile their religious beliefs with sexual identities that don't fit within the religion's belief system.

Addison Jenkins, who spoke at the first LGBT campus forum last year, said the school took a step forward Thursday by hosting the panel.

Boy scouts of America insignia.
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The father of a boy who has Down syndrome is suing the Boys Scouts of America for blocking his son from becoming an Eagle scout and revoking his merit badges.

Logan Blythe has been a scout through the National Parks Council in Utah. His father, Chad, says the 15-year-old has advanced because the council has made accommodations when necessary.

Jurors began deliberations over whether three toddlers injured in a Utah day care were deliberately harmed by their baby sitter, or if a series of accidents were grouped and labeled a crime.

Deliberations began Wednesday in the case against Murray day care owner Kami Kay Tollefson, who is charged with three counts of child abuse.

Bull elk, similar to the one poached by Ed and Ryan Singler.
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Two Wisconsin men who illegally poached a bull elk near the Nevada-Utah line have been sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Nevada wildlife officials say Ed Singler of Shiocton, Wisconsin had a valid hunting tag for the area. But the elk killed in White Pine County in 2015 was actually shot by his son, Ryan Singler of New London, Wisconsin.

Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for CIA director.
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A former top intelligence official says U.S. senators should give "appropriate scrutiny" to President Donald Trump's nominee to run the CIA for her role in the agency's waterboarding of terror suspects.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said in a Wednesday speech in Salt Lake City that the Senate intelligence committee that will vet nominee Gina Haspel should be fair but ensure Haspel did not inappropriately overstep her authority in the interrogation program.

Utah State University in Logan, UT, to address critics of major donation from Koch brothers.
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Utah State University faculty members are debating what kind of statement to make about a $25 million donation from the billionaire Koch brothers.

The school's faculty senate is creating task force to look at how the donation will affect the school and write a resolution about it.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.
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Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he's not running for re-election this year.

He said in a statement Wednesday that he recently decided not to seek re-election because he thinks it's time for "a new face with fresh energy and ideas."

#Enough National School Walkout sign.
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Thousands of Utah students at least 30 schools participated in walkouts to protest gun violence and demand change as part of national demonstrations one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.

At West High School in Salt Lake City, about 500 students gathered outside the front entrance Wednesday morning and listened quietly as student organizers read the names of the 17 people killed in Florida and released one orange balloon for each.

Utah's top elections officer says he won't allow the state Republican Party to enforce new party rules attempting to kick out candidates in two congressional districts who attempt to gather voter signatures to become the party's nominee.

Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told KUER-FM that he won't allow someone to remove another person from their political party.

Painting of Coalville, Utah.
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The Utah mountain town of Coalville is worried that a plan to build 500 luxury homes could impact the small-town, working class feel of the community.

Developers have turned their eyes toward the town of 1,500 people, which city engineer Shane McFarland says hasn't grown much in 60 years.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who will not be running for re-election in 2018.
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Nearly one-fifth of state lawmakers are not running for re-election this year.

The retiring lawmakers include some big names like Speaker Greg Hughes, tax-guru Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson and Republican Rep. Mike Noel, known for his clashes with environmentalists.

Deer Valley ski resort.
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A 70-year-old skier is dead after he hit a pole while racing a friend at a Utah resort.

Authorities at Deer Valley Resort say the man was skiing a race course with a private group when he collided with a pole on the course on Friday.

Emergency crews responded and he was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Park City police tell KSL-TV that he was from Colorado and visiting Utah for a ski trip with friends.

 

LDS missionaries serve countries around the world.
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Mormon missionaries are doing more proselytizing online than ever, including 600 missionaries assigned to 20 visitor centers around the world who spend their days chatting with prospective converts online.

Bonnie Oscarson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Young Women program and a member of its Executive Missionary Council, said the approach is hardly new but has become more sophisticated.

Utah federal courthouse where offer shoots defendant.
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Dramatic newly released video shows a U.S. Marshal firing four times at close range at a defendant inside a Utah federal courthouse who rushed the witness stand, jumped and swung with a pen at a shackled witness who jumped out of the way.

The 24-second footage from the 2014 gang-related racketing trial were released Monday after a media coalition including the Associated Press argued it was a public record in an important police use-of-force case.

About 200 people rallied inside Utah's Capitol building Thursday to celebrate International Women's Day and hear a performance from the indie band Lucius.

The event put on by Salt Lake City radio station KRCL coincided with the final day of the state Legislature's 2018 session.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop.
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The new mayor of a mostly polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border is finishing an overhaul of municipal staff and boards following mass resignations when she took office in January and became the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat.

Six of seven municipal workers for the town of Hildale, Utah, quit after Mayor Donia Jessop was elected and took charge of the local government run by the sect for more than a century.

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