AP-UT--Utah News Digest - 5:30 pm, UT
Good evening. Here’s an updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Utah.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to hear a lawsuit challenging endangered-species protections for the Utah prairie dog, though the Trump administration is already moving to loosen rules the plaintiffs said allowed the burrowing creatures to overrun their town. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m. MT.
NEW YORK — Former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 130 words. WILL STAND.
RANCHING STANDOFF TRIAL
LAS VEGAS —A judge in Las Vegas has decided to dismiss criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 350 words.
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BUNDY ATTORNEY-COURT BAN
PORTLAND, Ore. — Marcus Mumford, the lawyer who represented Ammon Bundy in the Oregon standoff trial, agreed Monday to no longer handle federal cases in the state. Bundy and six co-defendants were acquitted in October 2016 of charges stemming from the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a federal bird sanctuary in southeastern Oregon. After the surprising verdict, U.S. marshals tackled Mumford and shocked him with a stun gun as he argued with a judge over whether Bundy should continue to be detained. By Steven Dubois. SENT: 360 words, AP Photo.
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UTAH LEGISLATURE-TAX OVERHAUL
SALT LAKE CITY — On the heels of a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws signed by President Donald Trump in December, Utah lawmakers on Monday will preview their plans to reform Utah’s state tax system once the legislative session starts later this month. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 610 words, photos.
LAW ENFORCEMENT-SELLING GUNS
SEATTLE —Law enforcement officials around the U.S. are split over the longtime practice among police departments of selling the guns they confiscate. Defenders say it raises money to buy police gear and doesn’t make much difference in the availability of guns. But some police agencies say the law shouldn’t be putting weapons on the street. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 1,300 words. With AP photos.
— GUN DESTRUCTION-LAW_A new Utah law aimed at stopping the destruction of guns seized by police is making it easier to sell the firearms instead.
— HEAVY FOG-FLIGHTS-SALT LAKE — A dense fog blanketing the Salt Lake City area has forced the cancellation of dozens of flights in to and out of the airport.
— BURNING CAR-HEROES — A family is searching for the people who saved a West Valley City man from a burning car.
— BLOOD TRAIL-ARREST — Authorities say a man is in custody after they were able to track him using a trail of his own blood.
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