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WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary John McHugh is suspending operations at four Defense Department laboratories, including Utah's Dugway Proving grounds. The labs all handled biological toxins and are getting a safety review. It was at Dugway where live anthrax was accidentally mailed to dozens of labs around the country and the world.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Forest Service is investigating whether students from Ohio State University scrawled signatures on ancient rock art in the Manti-La Sal National Forest south of Salt Lake City. Investigators are looking at an Ohio State connection because the signatures are paired with the letters OSU and may have come during a geology trip in July.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Utah Congressmen Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop are joining other Republican lawmakers in questioning an Interior Department review of a toxic chemical spill from a Colorado mine. The spill was accidentally triggered by workers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the lawmakers fear the review won't be independent. The Interior Department didn't comment on the concerns.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit that alleges civil rights violations by polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line will be heard in Phoenix, but jurors will come from northern Arizona. The trial to start next year will examine allegations that the towns denied housing, water services and police protection to people who aren't part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The towns deny the allegations.
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