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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah leaders have repealed a tax reform package that came under widespread criticism. The Deseret News reports that the state Legislature's vote came Tuesday after a report from state elections officials that enough voter signatures had been verified to put a citizens referendum seeking to repeal the tax reform on the November ballot. The tax reform package included reducing income taxes while raising sales taxes on food, gas and some services. But many Utah residents opposed it. The repeal was signed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A miniature replica of a statue to honor a groundbreaking state senator has gone on display at the Utah Legislature. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the replica at the state Capitol building is a preview of a statue of Sen. Martha Hughes Cannon, who became the first woman in the nation elected to a state Senate in 1896. The full statue by Utah sculptor Ben Hammond is scheduled to be placed in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The August installation will be part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the 19th Amendment, which granted equal voting rights to women.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is having another big moment as he defies Republican leaders at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Romney is one of several GOP senators insisting on hearing from witnesses. On Tuesday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans that he doesn't have the votes to block the drive for new testimony. Romney is a former Massachusetts governor who's made two bids for president. But he's a freshman senator with little clout. Some Republicans want him to become an independent GOP voice in the Senate.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a teenage girl in Utah was kidnapped, drugged and raped when a man on parole for attempted murder forced her into his car while she was walking home. A probable cause statement says the suspect dropped the 15-year-old off at a bus stop near her school Monday after the attack, allowing her to run away and tell police. The suspect, 43-year-old Creed Cole Lujan, has been booked on suspicion of eight counts including kidnapping, rape and assault. He does not have an attorney listed .
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