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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah city has paid $50,000 to settle with a Subway worker who was wrongly accused of drugging a police officer's drink in a case that made national headlines. Layton city attorney Gary Crane said Thursday the city rarely pays out settlements in criminal cases, but that the city council felt this one was appropriate. The details of the settlement were revealed one day after owners of the Subway shop sued the city, saying they lost thousands of dollars in business.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Politicians at all levels are embracing social media to discuss government business, and their ability to block people from their accounts has led to debate about whether that violates free speech rights. The American Civil Liberties Union sent warning letters to Utah's congressional delegation and sued the governor of Maine this week. Others, including President Donald Trump, have been targeted, and many of them say they only block people who post abusive content.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah regulators have heard testimony about a proposed electricity rate change for people with home solar panels that power company officials argue they need to maintain the state's grid but solar advocates claim would cause bills to skyrocket. Dozens spoke Wednesday with state regulators considering the Rocky Mountain Power plan. It would affect people who push extra power back into the grid when it's sunny and draw from it when their panels are not making enough electricity for their homes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County now has extra jail beds to lock up suspects in "Operation Rio Grande." The Salt Lake Tribune reports Utah County has agreed to house 128 Salt Lake County inmates. The beds for the inmates freed up when the former ended its federal contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, called for immediate action in Rio Grande following recent high-profile crimes in the district.