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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has put an emergency hold on Utah's move to defund the state Planned Parenthood chapter. The decision by the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals allows federal money to temporarily keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah while the court considers ordering a longer hold. Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert had no immediate comment on the ruling.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state officials managing a polygamous trust with hundreds of properties have sold three more buildings, including a fire station. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a judge approved the sale of the fire station, a nursery and building used by a charity in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border. The properties have been under state control since 2005 due to allegations of trust mismanagement by sect leader Warren Jeffs.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New state data shows that Utah's birth rate dipped to a historic low in 2014 in a continuation of a downward trend that began during the Great Recession. The state's decline mirrors a national trend, but new figures from the Centers for Disease Control show Utah's decrease is more pronounced since birth rates reached a peak in 2007.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A former mayor of Preston is dead after his truck rolled down an embankment on Interstate 84 in a northwest Utah county. The Herald Journal reports a tire on the truck separated as 58-year-old Jay Heusser was traveling west on the interstate. The truck crossed the median and eastbound lanes and then rolled down the embankment several times, ejecting Huesser and killing him instantly.
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