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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah nurse who stole painkillers and infected several patients with hepatitis C has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Salt Lake Tribune reports 53-year-old Elet Neilson was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty in federal court to tampering with a consumer product and fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. She acknowledged injecting herself with painkillers meant for patients while she worked as an emergency room nurse at an Ogden hospital. Her attorney said the syringes she used somehow became mixed up in the chaos of the emergency room. Seven people contracted the hepatitis C Neilson carries.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said Monday he won't run for Utah governor. He told the Deseret News that he is too old at 68 to run for another office, and he doesn't need to be governor to validate his feeling of self worth. Bishop instead endorsed former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright, one of several Republicans vying for the job. The crowded field also includes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Members of the Utah House and Senate have criticized a comment by the state's lieutenant governor drawing a comparison between abortion and slavery. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was one of three candidates asked during a Republican gubernatorial candidates forum Saturday if he would sign a bill defining life as beginning at conception. Cox told the Utah Eagle Forum Convention in Sandy that he believes future generations will come to view abortion as negatively as people today view slavery. A group of Democrats in the state Legislature took issue with the comment. Democratic Rep. Sandra Hollins says the comparison is offensive.
UNDATED (AP) — Friends, family and fellow police are mourning the death of the police chief in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy. Department officials said in a statement that William “Bill” O’Neal died suddenly on Sunday afternoon. He was with the department for more than 20 years before being named chief in 2018, after his predecessor was fired amid allegations of inappropriate touching of female colleagues. The Deseret News reports he died of natural causes, though the exact cause of his sudden death was not immediately released.
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