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CLIVE, Utah (AP) — A waste disposal company is trying to reassure regulators and residents that nuclear waste can remain safely buried in a barren, remote area of northwest Utah. EnergySolutions wants to store up to 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium. The plan will go through a 45-day public comment process later this year.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Layton police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child as a case of abuse. Police say the child was taken to a hospital over the weekend by his mother and her boyfriend. The boy died on Monday. Police say the boy was having difficulty breathing and had suffered injuries consistent with ongoing physical abuse.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded a natural disaster declaration to include several additional counties suffering from drought in Nevada and Utah. Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Nevada's White Pine County and Utah's Sanpete County have been designated primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the lingering drought.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Transit Authority is touting significant improvements in its on-time rates for buses and commuter trains serving the Salt Lake City metro area. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the on-time rate for UTA buses exceeded 90 percent for the first time last year. UTA Vice President Jerry Benson says the agency put GPS systems on all buses and trains to track and report their locations in real time.

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