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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah authorities say a 9-year-old boy is in stable condition after accidentally shooting himself in the head. Authorities say Brigham City Police Department responded to the call Thursday night. Authorities say the boy was taken to Brigham City Community Hospital, but was later transferred to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. An investigation is ongoing. Authorities say the accidental shooting occurred a day after a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head in a separate incident in Murray, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Six candidates vying for the GOP nomination in the Utah governor’s race are expected to meet for their first debate on Friday. The debate is part of the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, a conference for the state’s burgeoning tech sector. The candidates range from a former U.S. ambassador hoping to return to Utah to a county elected official who wants to become the state's second ever female governor. They are: Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, ex-Republican Party Chair Thomas Wright, businessman Jeff Burningham, Salt Lake County Council memberAimee Winder Newton and ex-House Speaker Greg Hughes.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for a California businessman who prosecutors allege led a nearly $500 million fraud scheme against the U.S. says his client is being scapegoated by polygamists. Lawyer Mark Gerago made the assertion Thursday during his trial opening statement, saying Lev Arslan Dermen was used by others accused in the scheme to avoid having to share proceeds with others in the polygamous group. Prosecutors contend the men joined Dermen in exchange for protection by what he called his “umbrella” of law enforcement and government sources. Dermen has pleaded not guilty. The polygamists pleaded guilty and are expected to testify against Dermen.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State officials have completed the first phase of a rehabilitation project at a nearly 90-year-old dam in eastern Nevada where they had found “unstable and potentially dangerous” conditions. The Nevada Department of Wildlife closed the reservoir temporarily at Cave Lake State Park in October to drain down the water level and better assess safety concerns at its 83-foot-tall dam. State engineers say they completed initial repairs earlier this month after identifying sources of concerns about the aging structure's ability to handle a big storm event. They also discovered a small whirlpool that creates a vortex under current flows that could be unsafe to swimmers and boaters.

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