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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's first gas tax increase since 1997 will take effect Friday, adding 4.9 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline and diesel. The State Tax Commission estimates the increase will generate about $76 million a year, with 70 percent earmarked for highways and 30 percent going to cities and counties for local roads.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who has a rare genetic disorder who was arrested for using marijuana is joining a call to legalize some forms of pot for people in Utah with chronic pain. Enedina Stanger is advocating for a plan that is one of two dueling medical marijuana proposals lawmakers will consider when the session begins on Jan. 25. The plan bans smoking pot.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drought has caused water levels in the northern portion of the Great Salt Lake to drop to a historic low for the second year in a row. The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Geological Survey say the lake's northern arm is a foot lower than the historic low set last year.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Many of the country's most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set new visitation records in 2015. Zion National Park had 3.5 million visitors through November. Even bigger crowds are expected next year when the National Park Service celebrates its centennial.

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