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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 100 protesters who live near areas that state leaders are eyeing for a new prison rallied outside Utah's state Capitol this afternoon. The demonstration came hours before the state Prison Relocation Commission is scheduled to meet and discuss the four northern Utah sites on their shortlist. The commission is trying to find a new home for the current 700-acre facility in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a windy storm that dumped nearly two feet of snow in the mountains of northern Utah over the weekend is causing serious avalanche danger. Utah Avalanche Center Director Bruce Tremper said today the new snow is unusually dense, and a weak layer of snow underneath is particularly easy to break and trigger a slide. A spokesman for Solitude says the resort was forced to close this morning after winds gusting at 90 mph started blowing down trees near chairlifts.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — West Valley City police are looking for an armed robber who held up a convenience store. Police say the masked man brandished a handgun when he demanded cash and cigarettes at a 7-Eleven on South Redwood Road about 1:30 a.m. yesterday. Police Lt. Dallan Taylor told KSL-TV the man on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Taylor says the same store was robbed a few weeks ago, but they don't know if it was the same man.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A car collided with a TRAX light train in south-central Salt Lake City, injuring a woman and causing a chain-reaction crash with two other vehicles that snarled traffic during the morning commute. Police say the accident about 6:41 a.m. today, shutting down the light rail route for about an hour. Police Lt. Mike Ross said the accident began when a black Hyundai ran a red light and was struck by the train. The Hyundai then spun into another vehicle that had stopped for the light, then slammed into a nearby parked car.

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