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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Republican party chair Thomas Wright is adding a political heavyweight to his run for governor by tapping outgoing Congressman Rob Bishop as his lieutenant-governor candidate. Bishop had already said he would not run for a ninth term in the U.S. House. He had considered running for governor himself before teaming up with Wright instead. Thursday's announcement comes as Wright looks to set himself apart in a crowded GOP field that also includes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The pilot killed when his small plane crashed into a Utah neighborhood Wednesday was the founder of a company that made skis. Ogden-based Goode Ski Technologies said in a post Thursday on its website that 64-year-old David Goode loved water skiing, snow skiing and flying his airplane. A Roy police spokesman says nobody else was injured in the crash north of Salt Lake City. The twin-engine Cessna clipped one home where nobody was home but avoided hitting other town homes. The cause of the crash is unknown. The National Transportation and Safety Board is investigating.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Colorado energy company has laid off a third of its workforce in southeast Utah. Most of those employees worked at White Mesa Mill, the last conventional uranium mill operating in the United States. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Energy Fuels Inc. laid off 24 of its 79 employees. Low global uranium prices have pushed the mill to primarily process low-grade radioactive waste from across the country. Mill officials and a Utah congressman blamed foreign subsidies and state-run companies abroad for undercutting American uranium companies.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An HIV-awareness campaign featuring condom wrappers with cheeky slogans has met a quick end in Utah. The governor ordered the health department to stop distributing the condoms that put a sexy spin on state pride hours after they became public on Wednesday. Republican Gary Herbert says he does not approve of using sexual innuendo as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign. The prophylactics were labeled with phrases like “The Greatest Sex on Earth," similar to the ski slogan “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Health officials had said they were trying to start a conversation in a fun way, but later apologized.
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