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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. 17, 2017 at 9:41 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill allowing the state to issue an extra $100 million in bonds to pay for the new state prison. The governor's office announced the bill signing Friday afternoon.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Court of Appeals is upholding a murder conviction of former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill, who was found guilty of killing his former beauty queen wife. The court said in a ruling Thursday that prosecutors failed to disclose a deal they struck with an inmate who testified during the trial, but that it would not have changed the verdict. MacNeill was found guilty in 2013. Prosecutors say he drugged his wife, Michele, and left her to die in a bathtub in 2007 in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 21 this week to 789. A year ago, 476 rigs were active.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a measure into law requiring Utah county clerks to try to keep wait times under 30 minutes at election polling places. The measure from West Valley City Republican Daniel Thatcher is a response to last November's election, when he and other voters waited hours at some polling places to cast ballots.

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