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CREDIT UNION ROBBED

Police seek suspect in Taylorsville robbery

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a masked man who robbed a credit union in Taylorsville.

Lt. Justin Hoyal says the white man in his 50s entered the Mountain America Credit Union about 5:45 p.m. on Friday and demanded cash from the teller.

Witnesses say he did not display a weapon or threaten anyone before he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He's described as being about 5-foot-10, weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue windbreaker, blue jeans, a blue ball cap with orange writing and a surgical mask.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 385-468-9819.

BODY FOUND-CEDAR CITY

Iron County deputies find dead man near Cedar City

(Information in the following story is from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com)

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Iron County are investigating the death of a 51-year-old man found outside of Cedar City Saturday.

The Deseret News reports the man's body was located seven miles west of Cedar City near state Route 56 and Iron Springs Road in an area known as the "iron mines."

Sgt. Nick Johnson says deputies were called to the area around 4 p.m. Saturday on reports of suspicious circumstances.

They have released few other details.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

WEST POINT STANDOFF

2 arrested in standoff at West Point home

(Information in the following story is from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/)

WEST POINT, Utah (AP) — Davis County sheriff's deputies have arrested two people in connection with a standoff at a home in West Point.

Sheriff Todd Richardson says officers responded to a report of shots fired at the home about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

He tells KSL-TV that deputies heard another shot when they arrived on scene and saw people entering the house.

A SWAT team was dispatched and began negotiations with the suspects that lasted about four hours before a total of five people surrendered.

Richardson says they arrested a male and a female on drug charges. Both are in their mid-20s, but no other details have been released.

He says the incident remains under investigation.

UTAH ABORTION-VIDEO EXCEPTION

Utah bill would change details of abortion law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate has approved a change in the state's abortion laws so that in cases where the woman's life is at risk she could undergo the procedure without first having to watch a state-mandated video on alternatives and read information about adoption.

Taylorsville Republican Wayne Harper says it is a narrow exception that may affect 60 to 100 women a year. He says it's the compassionate thing to do.

The bill would waive the video requirement when an "abortion is necessary to avert the woman's death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function," or when two doctors agree that a fetus has a fatal defect.

It passed the Senate Friday on a vote of 25-0 and now awaits consideration in the House.

HOMELESS SHELTER-ST GEORGE

St. George plans $240k homeless shelter expansion

(Information in the following story is from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com)

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The St. George City Council has agreed to spend $450,000 worth of federal grants to help establish a new homeless shelter and provide other services for low-income residents.

The single biggest expenditure is $250,000 for the homeless shelter expansion.

City officials say they hope to build or acquire a facility that could house other services in addition the shelter, such as a food bank, counseling and employment assistance.

City Manager Gary Eplin told The (St. George) Spectrum local nonprofits and charities have done a good job of addressing needs over the years but he says an expansion makes sense given continued demand at the county's only 52-bed shelter in St. George.

Last year more than 600 people amassed more than 13,000 stays there, including many families and children.

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS STOLEN

Suspect eyed in theft of Utah dinosaur track

MOAB, Utah (AP) — Authorities in southeast Utah say they have a suspect in the theft of a fossilized dinosaur footprint on public land.

A search and rescue team in Grant County has launched a search in the Colorado River near Moab for the ancient track that was cut last month from the sandstone on the Hell's Revenge Trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area.

A dive team with the Utah Department of Public Safety began the search on Saturday along State Route 128 near the Dewey Bridge.

Utah Bureau of Land Management District paleontologist Rebecca Hunt-Foster says the dinosaur tracks are 190 million years old. She says they are one-of-a-kind tracks that don't have a price.

Sheriff's deputies say they have a suspect but have released no other details.

US-REL-TV-MY FIVE WIVES

Utah polygamous family says going on TV liberating

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The newest polygamous family from Utah on reality TV says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating.

The first of nine episodes chronicling the life of Brady Williams, his five wives and their 24 children airs Sunday on TLC. A pilot episode aired last fall of the show, being called "My Five Wives."

Williams and his wives said in an interview with The Associated Press that they enjoy being able live openly and not worry about who knows about their lifestyle.

They say a December ruling from a federal judge in Utah striking down key parts of the state's polygamy laws has made them feel less apprehensive about possible prosecution. But they say they won't feel totally comfortable until an appeals court upholds the ruling.

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