SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The social services arm of The LDS Church says it will no longer operate a full-service adoption agency, but will shift resources toward adoption-related counseling. Officials with LDS Family Services say the change would provide would-be parents with more opportunities to adopt. They tell KSL the decision isn't driven by pressure to facilitate adoptions for same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Arizona attorney general is asking a federal judge to disband the police department in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border. In a federal court filing, Arizona prosecutors say the former police chief for Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, told them the agencies are influenced by sect leaders and discriminate against nonmembers of the religious group. An attorney for Hildale refutes claims that officers are under control of sect leaders.
DENVER (AP) — The federal government is declaring more than 400,000 acres in Colorado and Utah off-limits to energy exploration to protect a little-known bird. The Gunnison sage grouse is related to the better-known greater sage grouse. The federal government is considering listing both birds as endangered species. That could prohibit development and agriculture in huge chunks of the West.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of DUI after he apparently dozed off in a Wendy's drive-thru in Lindon. The Daily Herald reports Wendy's employees called police to report a man at the window was asleep and smelled of alcohol. Officers say they found an open bottle of liquor in his vehicle, as well as an Arby's cup with an alcoholic mixed drink inside. He was booked into the Utah County Jail.
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