SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves is challenging his arrest. Defense attorney Vanessa Ramos argued today that Minnesota state troopers shouldn't have arrested Timothy Jay Vafeades (vah-fee-AH-deez) last year for violating a protective order because it was no longer valid. Vafeades was taken into custody after inspectors found the 1999 order barring him from contacting a woman who was with him.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An audit shows federal money is still Utah's single biggest revenue source, but the state is less dependent on money from Washington, D.C., than it was at the peak of the recession. State Auditor John Dougall reports today that federal money accounted for about 25 percent of Utah's spending in the budget year ending in June.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 33-year-old Utah mother has been sentenced to a year in jail after she pleaded no contest to allegations that she fed alcohol to her then-3-year-old daughter. KUTV reports Raquel Borce (Bore-see) denied feeding her daughter alcohol but admitted it happened under her watch. Court documents show paramedics found the girl drunk and unresponsive in April.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A ruling today by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court clears the way to set a date for the presidential contest. The high court upheld the dismissal of a challenge against Russell Begaye, who will face Joe Shirley Jr. The presidential race was separated from the Nov. 4 general election after Chris Deschene (des-CHEE'-nee) was disqualified in a language fluency case. Begaye replaced him.