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Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Environmental groups are urging Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a measure passed by the state legislature that would allow people to use wood burning to cook on the worst air quality days. The Utah Air Quality Board has also asked Herbert to veto the bill. The board says it would negatively impact the state's ability to meet federal air quality standards. Traeger Grills CEO Jeremy Andrus says their wood pellet grills aren't meaningful contributors to bad air.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The mayor of Provo says he asked the city's police chief to resign because of a sexual assault complaint against him that prosecutors determined didn't warrant charges. Mayor John Curtis said Thursday in a news conference Chief John King's reputation is tainted whether the accusation is true or false. Curtis says Salt Lake County prosecutors investigated but determined the information provided was 'insufficient to bring charges.

REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation police officer shot while responding to a domestic violence call in remote New Mexico is being remembered at his funeral as someone who wanted to help others and dreamed of becoming an officer. Hundreds gathered Thursday for the funeral services of Houston Largo, the 27-year-old decorated officer who died March 12.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials have given the go-ahead for the sale of a big coal lease in central Utah, despite concern from conservation groups who say the move will hurt the environment. The U.S. Interior Department announced on Wednesday that they had finalized a $22 million Greens Hollow coal lease, which was awarded to the owner of Sufco mine.

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