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

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Richfield is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Sweden. A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Mason Bailey died yesterday. Church officials say Bailey had been serving in Stockholm since July 2013 and was walking to an appointment with his companion when he was struck.

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A judge has denied a request to lower bail for a teenage girl charged with aggravated murder in crime spree that claimed the life of Utah County deputy and her boyfriend. The Daily Herald of Provo reports the attorney for 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald says that his client was as much a victim as anyone else in the events on Jan. 30.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Park Service suggests Utah's decision to spend nearly $1 million to reopen its national parks for six days during last fall's partial government shutdown paid off. During that time, there were 154,000 visits that led to an estimated $9.95 million in visitor spending. That includes money spent on gas, lodging, food and at outfitters within 60 miles of the parks.

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