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Mormon missionary hit, killed by car in Sweden

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Utah is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Sweden.

A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Mason Lewis Bailey died Sunday. Bailey was from Richfield.

Church officials say Bailey had been serving in Stockholm since July and was walking to an appointment with his companion when he was struck. Bailey's partner was not hit by the vehicle.


Police ID man, woman dead in their Kaysville home

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Authorities have identified a husband and wife who were found dead over the weekend in their Kaysville home.

Police say 72-year-old Jeffery Wayman was found in the living room early Sunday morning and his 68-year-old wife Judith Wayman was discovered in the bathroom.

Authorities responded after a newspaper delivery person reported many uncollected newspapers outside and lights on inside the home.

Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play, and health issues may have been a contributing factor in their deaths. The bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine exact causes of death.

Fire officials checked for carbon monoxide to ensure the home was safe to enter, but found no signs of it.


House committee OKs caucus system overhaul bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A House committee has unanimously approved a new compromise bill to overhaul Utah's system for nominating political candidates.

The House Government Operations Committee voted 9-0 Monday to advance the measure.

Several lawmakers say they're opposed to the deal but voted in favor to continue discussion.

They cited concerns that the deal tells political parties how to select their candidates which they say could violate First Amendment rights to associate.

The deal from state lawmakers and the group Count My Vote preserves Utah's caucus-convention system but allows primary elections as an alternative path to the ballot if a candidate gathers enough signatures.

Count My Vote vows to continue a ballot initiative to let voters dump the caucus system entirely in favor of primaries unless Gov. Gary Herbert signs the compromise legislation.


Utah bill reminds small towns to hold elections

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker wants to make sure small towns don't forget to hold elections.

Ephraim Republican Rep. Jon Cox brings a proposal to ensure that such polls open. It comes after a community in the mountains near Salt Lake City missed its November election.

It was the second time Wallsburg forgot to publicize ballots for its 275 residents. Officials have said forgetfulness, not foul play, was to blame.

A county office or the lieutenant governor would schedule make-up elections under Cox's proposal. But the town would still be on the hook for related costs.

Cox says the bill is needed because under current state protocol, the missed contests keep officials in place until the next planned election two years down the road.

The bill awaits consideration in the full House.

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