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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers kick off their legislative session today, devoting the first week to preliminary budget meetings. Among the items they'll need to consider is a plan to relocate a state prison in Draper, whether or not they'll expand eligibility for Medicaid and a package of reforms to Utah's criminal justice system.

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Wildlife officials say they expect two men to plead guilty to poaching a buck that had become a mascot in Hyde Park. The Logan Herald Journal reports Shelby Rhodes and Steven Spillett were tracked down after photos of the buck named Bart were posted on a hunting website. He was found dead in the fall of 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A convicted killer says he wants to be sentenced without appearing in court 'out of respect' for the teenage victim he shot in the back of the head execution-style in 2012. But the family of 16-year-old victim Kenyatta Winston opposes the request, saying they want Frank Reyos in the courtroom to hear how his crime affected them when he's sentenced.

BEAR RIVER CITY, Utah (AP) — A 21-year veteran of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office has been selected as the new sheriff by the local Republican Party. Saturday's appointment of Kevin Potter will be forwarded to county commissioners, who are expected to ratify it. Potter will fill the vacancy created by the Jan. 6 death of Sheriff Lynn Yeates. He died of a heart attack after just beginning his third term as sheriff.

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