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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man serving a life in prison for a double murder he believes was directed by God says his ideas likely influenced a couple's decision to fatally overdose along with their children. Dan Lafferty told the Associated Press that he sees himself as the prophet Elijah and the world as hell, a philosophy that played into the September deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — House Speaker Greg Hughes says he's stepping down from a state commission studying the relocation of the state prison for scheduling reasons. Hughes says that he's facing increasing demands on his time as the new leader of Utah's House of Representatives. The Prison Relocation Commission is expected to recommend a new site to Utah lawmakers this year.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City Health Department plans to provide free fare cards to encourage more residents to choose mass transit. The Deseret News reports that 2,000 prepaid fare cards will be given out over the next two weeks as part of a pilot program sponsored by the health department and Utah Transit Authority. Officials say they hope to decrease personal vehicle use, which contributes to air pollution during winter inversions and summer ozone periods.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jeremy Senglin scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added five rebounds to lead Weber State to a 67-60 victory over North Dakota last night. Richaud Gittens finished with 14 points, and Joel Bolomboy added 10 points and nine boards for the Wildcats (9-11, 4-5 Big Sky).

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