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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former state lawmaker who is running for a congressional seat has apologized for his behavior after he received a speeding ticket earlier this year, KSTU-TV reports. The station says that Chris Herrod was stopped on Feb. 9 for driving 79 in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 15. The station says that during a court hearing in April about the speeding ticket, Herrod questioned the trooper's discretion of issuing a ticket at that rate of speed and began to dive into what he saw as a "policy issue."

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than a year has passed since Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski was appointed two personal bodyguards in wake of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Deseret News reports some City Council members think it may be time to evaluate the cost of the security detail and whether it's necessary. Biskupski has made national headlines for being Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor.

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Biologists in Utah are working to save native boreal toads from extinction in the face of habitat destruction by humans and competition from invasive species like bullfrogs. The Standard-Examiner reports boreal toads are tough to track, but yearly surveys indicate populations have decreased. Part of the problem causing amphibian declines, including boreal toads, is a fungus-caused disease _ chytridiomycosis. The toads' biggest challenge, however, comes from people.

BEAVER, Utah (AP) — Two girls are recovering from a lightning strike after their dog brought help to the scene on a central Utah mountainside. Authorities say the girls _ ages 8 and 16 _ were crossing an open meadow to go hiking during a family camping trip when lightning hit Friday morning. The Beaver County Sheriff's Office says the dog ran back to the campsite and alerted family members gathered for a reunion. The Deseret News reports family members followed the dog back to the girls.

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