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KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a squatter found in a home in Kearns who chased the homeowner down the street with a machete has been arrested. KUTV in Salt Lake City reports that Unified police took 25-year-old Scott Thomson into custody yesterday. The man told police he had taken meth earlier in the day.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Utah's busiest national park is getting a new plan to manage its bigger influx of visitors. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports the National Park Service is planning to develop a new Visitor Use Management Plan to address capacity, visitor and commercial uses, as well as visitor experience and resource conservation. In July, 480,000 visitors came to the park, compared to 350,000 in July 2005.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Service members at Hill Air Force Base will receive a boost in housing help next year. The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reports that the Department of Defense has released its 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates. Hill Air Force Base officials say the rates for base military members with dependents will rise by 7.5 percent and those without will get an 8.4 percent bump.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says that the state has handcuffed itself by automatically socking away a portion of public money for things like road projects. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Herbert is calling on the Legislature to reduce earmarks, which he says will soon impair the state's ability to fund education.
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