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PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah County doctor convicted of killing his wife will go to trial next month on a sex abuse charge. A judge yesterday refused Martin MacNeill's request to dismiss the case because investigators lost a recording of an interview with the accuser. MacNeill is charged with forcible sexual abuse of an adult relative in a 2007 incident prosecutors said happened one month after his wife was found dead. He was found guilty of murder in November for the death of his wife, Michele.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of former employees of The Salt Lake Tribune have filed a lawsuit to suspend the newspaper's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News, arguing that the terms violate federal antitrust laws and undermine the Tribune's independent voice. The federal lawsuit says the agreement that was revised in October gives too much control to the church-owned Deseret News.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah is bringing on a new director for its American Indian Resource Center. The Office for Equity and Diversity has chosen Franci Taylor as the new leader. Taylor is a member of the Choctaw tribe. She comes from Washington State University, where she was the Native American retention counselor.
DENVER (AP) — Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in eastern Utah and southwestern Colorado that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. The Denver Post reports the BLM says it's aimed at improving habitat and increasing populations of the chicken-sized birds. But energy industry officials say they'll fight the moratorium.
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