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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 50 groups, organizations and coalitions have weighed in on gay marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma with supporting court briefs — giving a Denver-based federal appeals court thousands of pages of arguments to consider. A total of 27 friend of the court briefs urging the court to make gay marriage legal in the two states were submitted before the Tuesday midnight deadline.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Students who keep their grades up wouldn't necessarily go to juvenile court if they're caught skipping school under a bill that's being considered by the Utah House. Mapleton Republican Rep. Francis Gibson tells the Salt Lake Tribune that the bill would allow schools to discipline the students.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 41-year-old ex-convict from Utah could be eligible for parole almost immediately after he was sentenced to 12 to 30 months in prison in a shooting that left him and a Nevada police officer wounded almost a year ago. Daniel Runyon told the judge that his depression and mood swings are now helped by prescribed medication.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City's minor league baseball team has renamed its stadium. The Bees say that the 15,000-seat facility will now be called "Smith's Ballpark." The grocery store chain, Smith's Food and Drug Stores Inc., signed a six-year deal to take over naming rights at the stadium. The stadium was previously called SpringMobile Ballpark. It opened in 1994.

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