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By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 26, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he's optimistic that both federal officials and the Utah Legislature will approve his alternative Medicaid expansion plan this year. The Republican governor said at his monthly televised news conference on KUED that the first step is securing a deal with the Obama administration.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An official from the Utah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says new patients often wait months for care but officials are working to speed the lag time. Associate director Shella Stovall told a legislative military affairs panel the Utah system grapples with complicated, outdated computers. She says the system is hiring more medical workers and has already added clinic hours.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The ongoing drought has landed every Utah county on a disaster declaration list from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Duchesne and Uintah counties were the last to be added to the list this week. The designation means farmers in all 29 Utah counties can request low-interest emergency loans.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a corrections officer will return to work after shooting an armed man who demanded prescription drugs at a North Logan emergency room. Deputy Cache County Attorney Tony Baird tells the Herald-Journal of Logan that Clint Lund was justified in the shooting that wounded 34-year-old Jason Burr.

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