SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of Utah senators have unanimously backed a bill that would require college counselors to keep sexual abuse reports confidential, almost one year after Mormon-owned Brigham Young University faced major backlash when it was revealed it shared assault victim information with its honor code office.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury is acquitting a former Utah attorney general of bribery and evidence tampering charges in one of the highest-profile scandals in state history. The jury announced its verdict against John Swallow late Thursday in a Salt Lake City courtroom following a three-week trial. Swallow was found not guilty of nine counts. He had faced one to 30 years in prison.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Attorney General's Office says investigators have seized evidence and hundreds of thousands in cash from about 500 coin game machines across the state that violate Utah's gambling ban. Investigations Chief Leo Lucey says the attorney general's office and other law enforcement agencies served search warrants this week on more than 130 mini-marts and other stores across the state that have the machines.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he doesn't think there's any evidence that children are any more likely to drink alcohol if they see alcoholic drinks being mixed in restaurants. Utah requires that some restaurants mix and pour alcoholic beverages behind a barrier, with proponents contending that it helps curb underage drinking by shielding minors from the "culture of alcohol." Herbert told reporters Thursday that that is just a hunch not based on any scientific data.