Stories from the Associated Press

Mitt Romney focuses on Utah in Senate Campaign.
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Mitt Romney is shaking hands, posing for pictures and cracking jokes as he barnstorms Utah seeking votes for his Senate bid.

What he isn't doing is talking about his well-documented feuds with President Trump.

The president of the Navajo Nation says a proposal that would have renamed a Utah highway after Donald Trump was insulting.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says naming the highway that connects national parks such as Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon after President Trump would have been like pouring salt on an open wound.

Noncompete agreement changes to influence media industry.
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TV stations would only be able to use noncompete contracts for staff members who earn more than $47,500 a year under a proposal passed by lawmakers — and now awaiting the governor's signature.

The state House on Monday approved the Senate's changes to the bill, sending it to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

Lawmakers include money to sue California in the upcoming budget.
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Utah lawmakers are including $1.65 million in the state budget to sue California over rules that make coal-fired power more expensive.

The Legislature's main budget committee signed off on the expense Wednesday evening as part of a package of projects and programs they plan to fund before adjourning Thursday night.

A beloved polar bear has died at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Director Larry Sorel says the loss of 28-year-old Aurora is "difficult for the entire zoo family."

Zoo Society President Pamela Reed Sanchez says Aurora was "an extraordinary ambassador" for her "vulnerable species."

Pine View High School in St. George, UT.
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Police in southern Utah confirm additional charges are pending against a teenage student accused of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. George.

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday night on weapons-related charges after the discovery of the explosive device sending smoke from a backpack forced an evacuation of Pine View High School.

Lawmakers plan to ask voters to approve an increase in gas taxes of 10 cents per gallon.
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Utah lawmakers are working on a deal that would raise gas taxes and send more money to schools in order to stop a ballot initiative that would hike sales and income tax rates.

A bill unveiled Tuesday afternoon would ask voters in November to raise gas taxes by 10 cents a gallon.

Westlake High School
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A Utah girl whose mother was running the Boston Marathon when it was bombed in 2013 is among those arranging walkouts to protest gun violence in schools.

Kaylee Anderson and other Utah County students will be participating on March 14 in the walkouts that have been scheduled nationwide.

President Donald Trump, who could have Utah highway renamed in his honor.
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Utah Democrats are pushing back on a proposal to rename a scenic highway after President Donald Trump, with one saying he'd suggest naming a frontage road after porn star Stormy Daniels.

Republicans want to name the southern Utah road that connects several well-known national parks after Trump to recognize his move to shrink two national monuments fiercely opposed by state leaders.

Utah lawmakers reject "red flag" bill in fear of encroaching on constitutional rights.
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Lawmakers in conservative Utah have rejected a bill to allow police to temporarily confiscate guns of those deemed to be a threat.

The so-called "red flag" bill is similar to proposals a number of other states are debating in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month that killed 17.

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Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."

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Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."

Police say a 50-year-old Colorado woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash near Moab in eastern Utah.

An individual found the body of Cheryl Zimmerman of Lakewood, Colorado near a parked white SUV 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Moab on Friday morning.

Safe UT app to help prevent and report school threats.
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A Utah lawmaker says an app that allows anonymous reporting of school threats has been downloaded thousands of times in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

Republican Rep. Steve Eliason of Sandy says the Safe UT app has been downloaded more than 12,0000 times in the past week.

A blizzard warning has expired but the National Weather Service says whiteout conditions are still possible around Lake Tahoe where 3 feet of snow (90 centimeters) already has fallen and winds gusting to nearly 150 mph (240 kph) shut down Interstate 80.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday around Tahoe where up to another 20 inches (50 cm) of snow is possible.

Medicaid expalsion passes first hurdle.
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A Republican lawmaker's plan to expand Medicaid in Utah has passed its first hurdle in the state Legislature.

Republican Rep. Robert Spendlove's plan would expand the state and federal health insurance program to cover about 60,000 of the state's poor living just under the poverty level.

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A legislative committee is sending to the full Senate a bill to require lobbyists at the Utah state Capitol to undergo annual anti-harassment training.

The Deseret News reports that Republican Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem was the only Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee member to vote Friday against endorsing HB110.

The lawmaker who sponsored the launch of charter schools in Utah says alternative schools have fallen short of a mission to improve education through innovation and competition.

Republican state Sen. Howard Stephenson of Draper said he's looking for a fresh start for charter schools, as their average performance on tests is no better than school district counterparts.

A student at Wasatch High School was arrested after posting a social media threat.
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Authorities say a threat of violence was made at a Utah high school for the second time in a week.

Heber City Police Sgt. Brandon Shopay says a Wasatch High School student was arrested Wednesday after someone alerted police of a social media threat.

Aaron Shamo of Cottonwood Heights has been accused of manufacturing fake perscription-drug pills and selling them.
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A jury trial has been set for a Utah man accused of running an international drug ring.

The trial for Aaron Michael Shamo of Cottonwood Heights is set for a four-week period beginning Aug. 20.

Stubborn red lights could no longer be an issue.
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A legislative panel has approved a bill that would allow Utah motorists to proceed through an intersection after coming to a full stop at a stubborn red light during times of low travel when no other vehicles are present.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan, denies the measure would give a green light to running red lights.

A judge has dismissed sexual assault charges against a 53-year-old Utah inmate after the alleged victim failed to show up in court to testify.

David Swigart already was serving time for sexually abusing a woman when he was charged with several new counts in November after DNA testing linked him to the rape of a woman walking to a Salt Lake County busy stop in 2010.

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow sues state.
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A former Utah Attorney General who was acquitted of corruption charges last year is suing the state to reimburse him for his legal fees.

John Swallow filed a lawsuit Tuesday, seeking about $1.6 million in reimbursement from the state to pay for his defense.

Utah lawmakers may no longer be warned that their bills might be unconstitutional.

A committee of House lawmakers on Monday approved a proposal that would no longer require the Legislature's attorneys to add the notes to bills that were unlikely to survive a legal challenge.

Law enforcement authorities in southern Utah are accusing a Las Vegas man of forcing a woman into prostitution.

24-year-old Jerome Devon McFadden was arrested Friday in St. George on charges of exploiting prostitution, human trafficking and interfering with an arrest.

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