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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Orrin Hatch is going before a hometown crowd to tout his party's second Supreme Court nominee in as many years as he prepares to finish a four-decade career in the U.S. Senate. In a speech at a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City Thursday, Hatch described judge Brett Kavanaugh as a "decent, honorable person" caught in bitter partisan wrangling. He has said he'll do everything in his power to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the high court.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is stepping down after a 14-month tenure in which he proposed broad changes to rules governing protections for thousands of plant and animal species. Spokesman Gavin Shire said Thursday that Greg Sheehan will step down next week to return to his family and home in Utah. Sheehan was put into a newly created post as deputy director last June and led the agency in the absence of a permanent appointee from President Donald Trump.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Nation official has been accused of unlawfully transferring $6 million of Ramah Navajo Chapter funds to different investing companies without proper authorization. Tribal officials say Ramah Navajo Chapter President David Jose was arraigned Monday on three counts of theft. He pleaded not guilty. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 10.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah code enforcement officer is dead after being shot by a 64-year-old man who police say also set blaze to a neighbor's house and the officer's car. West Valley City Police Roxeanne Vainuku said the unarmed, female code enforcement officer was fatally shot Thursday morning in the man's driveway a neighborhood near a golf course in the Salt Lake City suburb. The officer was doing a routine check about an unknown city code issue. Police believe the suspect was the homeowner.