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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Proponents of a legislative proposal that would allow Utah residents with chronic pain to consume edible marijuana products have found a face for their cause. Enedina Stanger is a Mormon mother who suffers with a rare genetic disorder that causes devastating spasms and common joint dislocations that force her to use a wheelchair. Stanger went public this week to become a voice for others suffering in silence.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Many of the country's most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set new visitation records in 2015. Officials say the records could be short-lived as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, when even bigger crowds are expected. Overall visitation is on track to hit 300 million for 2015, besting last year's all-time high of nearly 293 million.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A second Utah teenager has filed a federal lawsuit against an imprisoned former Davis High School English teacher, the school and officials over her sexual contact with underage students. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the lawsuit says school officials should have known that 36-year-old Brianne Altice had inappropriate relationships with minors before she was hired as a teacher. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's first gas tax increase since 1997 will take effect Friday, adding 4.9 cents per gallon of gasoline and diesel. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that gasoline retailers have not said whether they will pass the tax increase on to consumers immediately. The State Tax Commission estimates the increase will generate about $76 million a year.

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