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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Under a new state law, police in Utah can now pull over drivers who aren't wearing seat belts. Deseret News reports that starting today, failing to wear a seat belt is considered a primary offense. Officers can issues warnings to drivers on a first offense. After that, an offender can be fined $45, which can be waived upon completion of a 30-minute safety course online.

CLIVE, Utah (AP) — A waste disposal company is trying to reassure regulators and residents that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive can remain safely buried in a barren, remote area of northwest Utah. A handful of Utah residents recently attended open houses to scrutinize EnergySolutions' plan. The plan will go through a 45-day public comment process later this year that state officials say will play a big role in whether they'll allow the waste to be buried in Utah.

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. Officials say Sanpete County has been designated primary disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by the lingering drought. Neighboring counties also qualify for the loans available through the USDA's Farm Service Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old child has died after he was hospitalized with critical in injuries in a child abuse case. Layton police say the child was beaten during a potty training incident and officers are investigating new charges against the child's mother and her boyfriend.

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