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Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 8, 2018 at 11:41 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify a body found off Interstate 215 in the Salt Lake City area. Utah Highway Patrol officials say a construction worker discovered the body Saturday morning and notified authorities. Investigators don't yet know the gender of the body or how long it's been at the location where it was found. They're waiting for the medical examiner to determine the cause of death, but authorities consider the death suspicious.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Results of a state-funded study in Utah designed to gauge marijuana's impact on pain might not be ready until after voters in the state decide on a medical marijuana ballot initiative in November. Utah Science Technology and Research executive director Ivy Estabrooke tells the Deseret News that strict federal regulations delayed the study for nearly a year and a half. Estabrooke says the study's findings can still be useful for doctors and patients even if they're too late to influence voters.

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — Utah homeowners worried about dry conditions ripe for wildfires are increasingly turning to a rancher's team of goats. Greg Cover told the Salt Lake Tribune he hires out the animals to chew through grass and dense vegetation on hard-to-reach hillsides and difficult terrain. Cover says business is up this year, at the start of what is expected to be an intense wildfire season. Blazes have already destroyed dozens of structures and consumed more than 100 square miles around the state.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An online fundraiser for a California firefighter seriously injured in one of the many blazes burning in the state has raised nearly $30,000. A Gofundme page has raised the money in less than 24 hours for Cal Fire firefighter Brandon Feller. He was injured on July 5 in the Klamathon fire burning on the California-Oregon border. A photo of Feller in the hospital posted on the page shows he suffered severe burns to his face.

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