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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — West Valley City police are investigating what happened during the night while a 12-year-old special education student was missing. Deputy police chief Mike Powell says tipsters called today to say they'd found a girl on the side of the road who was confused, cold and looked like the missing Ashley Esquivel. Police say the girl was taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia, and she was later identified as Esquivel.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators have killed a proposal that could have made their state the first to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21. Bill sponsor Republican state Sen. Stuart Reid had urged support for the measure. Several senators say they're concerned about the negative effects of smoking, but couldn't support the measure.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —Heber City Republican Rep. Kraig Powell has revived an effort to take down restaurant walls blocking alcoholic drink mixing from public view. Mormon church leaders this year are asking legislators to stay away from liquor laws. But Powell says newly compiled data show Utah's current liquor laws hinder businesses. A similar measure to dismantle the so-called Zion curtains died last year in the Senate.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah proposal to help more couples save their marriages is advancing in the legislature. A Senate committee voted 4-2 yesterday to approve the measure. The bill would have divorcing parents take a class on divorce and how it affects children earlier on in the legal process.

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