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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some lawmakers, high school students and others say they're excited about a new state law designed to better equip high school students with budgeting and financial skills. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in a Friday ceremony at the Capitol honored the measure. It will highlight for teenagers the importance of saving, he says, an important lesson from the nation's Great Recession.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate. Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that he decided to defend the 2004-voter approved ban to stand up for the state's rights to define marriage as residents decide.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says talks with federal officials over a Medicaid expansion plan are progressing. Herbert, a Republican, said Friday he hopes to reach an agreement with federal officials by the end of this summer. He is seeking a chunk of federal money for a three-year pilot program to pay for about 110,000 people to buy private health insurance.

UNDATED (AP) __ Federal land managers abruptly ended the roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada owned by a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority, citing concern for the safety of employees and the public. Hundreds of people, including militia members, gathered to protest the removal of hundreds of Cliven Bundy's cattle. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the bureau also will release 100 cattle.

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