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GAY MARRIAGE-APPEALS COURT
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 20 groups and organizations ended up filing friend of the court briefs by the Tuesday midnight deadline, urging a federal appeals court in Denver to legalize gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma in a demonstration of emotion and passion the issue has generated across the country. In addition to Western Republicans and national associations of sociologists and psychologists, a brief was also submitted by a coalition of major companies including Starbucks, Pfizer Inc., eBay, Facebook, Google and Levi Strauss. Last month, a similar number of organizations and groups filed arguments urging the court to go the other way and uphold the same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. Between all the supporting arguments and lengthy papers submitted by attorneys on both sides, judges in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal have thousands of pages to consider as they decide if they agree with the federal judges in Utah and Oklahoma who ruled that the bans violate gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m. MST.
SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation are returning to the state Capitol three weeks after they were arrested for blocking entrances to committee rooms. The group plans to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to continue pressing for the law, which has been stalled this session. Republican leaders have called for a moratorium on any issues they fear could affect the state's pending legal challenge over its same-sex marriage ban. St. George Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart, who is sponsoring the proposal, says it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. MST.
SAN FRANCISCO — When Jamie Zaninovich looks at the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament as commissioner, he envisions two teams from the conference reaching the NCAA tournament and putting the WCC on the national map once more following one of the league's most competitive seasons yet. As a member of the NCAA tournament men's basketball selection committee, he has to take a hard look at the entire conference while wearing a different hat. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. PST. By Janie McCauley.
SEATTLE — Stanford is going to the NCAA tournament again, likely as a No. 1 seed. California, Oregon State and Arizona State are almost assured of joining the Cardinal The question for the Pac-12 is whether anyone else can play their way into the NCAAs with a strong performance in the conference tournament this week at KeyArena in Seattle. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. ETA: 10 a.m. PT.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Mike Montgomery's California team looks to boost its positioning for next week's Pac-12 tournament when the Golden Bears host Utah at Haas Pavilion. Starts at 8 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By Janie McCauley.
— MARINE TRAINING OPERATION-UTAH — A Marine Corps special operations unit will be swooping into Utah in August to conduct a nighttime urban training mission.
— POLICE SHOOTOUT-MESQUITE — A 41-year-old ex-convict from Utah is due for sentencing in Las Vegas on a reduced charge in a shooting that wounded a Mesquite police officer last year.
— JUVENILE CENTER RUNAWAYS — Authorities are looking for four teen boys who ran away from a center for troubled teens in Draper.
— SUPREME COURT-AIDING AND ABETTING — The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws.
— NAVAJO SLUSH FUNDS — A Navajo Nation lawmaker has renewed legislation to oust the Tribal Council speaker, who is facing bribery and conspiracy charges.
— EDUCATION BOARD-APPOINTEE — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed a new member of the Utah State Board of Education.
— TSA EXPEDITED — Utah travelers will soon be able to qualify for expedited security screenings at the Salt Lake City airport.
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