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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — West Valley City will pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman killed by police City officials call the settlement in the death of 21-year-old Danielle Willard a compromise rather than an admission of liability. Willard was killed by former West Valley City police Detective Shaun Cowley as she backed up her car in November 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman held hostage and brutally beaten by her neighbor last April says police mishandled her reports of harassment by the man for nearly a year. Savannah Fuchs is suing the city of North Ogden and three police officers, alleging negligence and seeking unspecified damages. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor called the beating tragic but unforeseeable.

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The Utah Avalanche Center has issued a warning for a northern stretch of the Wasatch front to the Idaho border after a series of large avalanches were reported in the mountains northeast of Logan. Avalanche specialist Tony Weed told The Herald Journal the biggest snow slides were reported yesterday afternoon in the Tony Grove area of the Wasatch Cache National Forest.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bill proposed by a fourth-grade class that would honor the golden retriever as the state pet. The Deseret News reports that South Jordan Daybreak Elementary students discovered that the golden retriever was the most popular pet in Utah during a research assignment.

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