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Utah bill to study daylight saving time advances

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to study whether Utah should continue to observe daylight saving time is advancing at the Legislature.

A Senate committee voted 4-2 on Wednesday morning to advance the measure to the full Senate for a vote.

Garland Republican Rep. Ronda Menlove is sponsoring the bill, which she says gives those with opinions about the practice an opportunity to voice their concerns or support.

Menlove says proposals to stop observing daylight saving time have been unsuccessfully introduced at the Legislature many times. She says a public meeting will allow anyone frustrated with that to make their case.

The proposal also requires the governor's economic development office to make a recommendation about any future action on daylight savings.


Gay rights protesters return to Utah Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 at the Legislature 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.


Marines special ops team plans training in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Marine Corps special operations unit will be swooping into Utah in August to conduct a nighttime urban training mission.

Maj. Gen Jeffrey Buffu briefed the Salt Lake County Council on the unit's plans on Tuesday. He says much of the training will take place at Camp Williams, but other exercises will happen Aug. 19 at Unified Fire Authority's training center in Magna or on land owned by ATK.

Training coordinator Paul Weddle says if the Marines are doing their job correctly, citizens likely will never see them. He says the exercise will involve firing non-lethal, paintball-like shots.

Buffu says citizens might also notice aircraft such as Marine helicopters hovering overhead.

Buffu says urban training is especially valuable because 80 percent of the world's population live in urban settings.


Sentencing due for ex-con in Mesquite shootout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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.

Daniel Wesley Runyon of Richfield faces one to six years in prison for his guilty plea in November to being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.

Runyon also spells his last name Runyan. His plea avoided trial on multiple charges including attempted murder and assault with a weapon and drug transport and trafficking.

Runyon and Mesquite police Officer Craig Empey were each wounded in the shootout during a traffic stop last March 21.

A Utah woman with Runyon wasn't wounded. Police later reported finding methamphetamine in their car.

Runyon has served prison time in Nebraska, North Dakota and Utah.


Police seek 4 runaways from Draper youth center

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Authorities are looking for four teen boys who ran away from a center for troubled teens in Draper.

Officials say the boys vanished from the Genesis Youth Center about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police have issued arrest warrants for the teens, who are 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Staff members say the boys have relatives in Sandy, Draper, Lehi and Vernal and may be trying to get to their families.

They had been wearing dark green sweatshirts, basketball shoes and dark green shorts of sweatpants.

Elizabeth Sollis of the Utah Department of Human Services says the boys aren't believed to be armed.


Justices order new look at Utah gun conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The justices ruled Wednesday that the jury instructions given in Justus C. Rosemond's conviction were incorrect. Rosemond was one of five people participating in a drug deal gone bad in Tooele, Utah. During the incident, nine or 10 shots were fired and a car chase ensued. It was not clear who fired the weapon.

At trial, prosecutors told jurors that Rosemond could be convicted of "aiding and abetting" the crime if he merely knew his accomplice used a firearm. The court ordered federal appellate judges in Denver to take a fresh look at Rosemond's case.


TSA expands Pre-Check program to Utah airport

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah travelers will soon be able to qualify for expedited security screenings at the Salt Lake City airport.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday a new enrollment center for the agency's Pre-Check program at Salt Lake City International Airport's Terminal 1.

Approved travelers can keep shoes, outwear and belts on, keep laptops in their cases and carry-on approved liquids and gels in bags.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply with the agency to become qualified pre-screened travelers.

Applicants must visit the enrollment center in person to verify their identity, confirm their citizenship and provide fingerprints.

Registering with the program costs $85.

In Utah, participating airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.


Navajo lawmaker renews bill to oust council leader

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Nation lawmaker has renewed legislation to oust the Tribal Council speaker, who is facing bribery and conspiracy charges.

A previous effort by Alton Joe Shepherd to remove Johnny Naize failed to get enough votes to pass.

Since then, former Navajo lawmaker Raymond Joe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in what prosecutors say was a scheme by tribal officials to divert money to their families. Joe named Naize as a co-conspirator.

Shepherd says he believes his new legislation will garner increased support as a result.

Naize has maintained he did nothing wrong. His attorney, Troy Eid, says he met with prosecutors Tuesday but declined to comment further.

Shepherd's legislation hasn't been posted publicly. A spokesman for Naize says the speaker hasn't had a chance to review it.


Utah brings on new member of state education board

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed a new member of the Utah State Board of Education.

Terryl Warner will fill the District 1 seat vacated by Tami Pyfer, who resigned in January to become the governor's education adviser.

Warner is the current director of victim services for the Cache County Attorney's Office, a post she has held since 2004.

The governor in a statement said Warner's experience working with children in the court system makes her valuable to the board.

Warner has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications, where she studied public relations.

The board parcels out state dollars to individual school districts. It also sets curriculum standards, approves charter schools and oversees teacher licensing.

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