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PORN WARNING LABELS
Utah lawmaker proposes warning label for pornography
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has unveiled a proposal to require pornography to carry warning labels or be subject to a possible $2,500 penalty, though an adult-entertainment industry group warned the idea would violate the First Amendment. If the bill proposed by Republican Rep. Brady Brammer passes the Legislature, the label about potential effects on minors would have to appear on both print and digital material in Utah. He said Tuesday it wouldn't violate free-speech rights because it wouldn't affect the content itself. But a Free Speech Coalition spokesman says such a warning label would violate the First Amendment because it would be a forced message.
SCHOOL START TIME
Utah legislative resolution proposes later school start time
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A resolution encouraging consideration of later high school start times in Utah has earned unanimous support from a state legislative committee. The Salt Lake Tribune reported the nonbinding resolution was presented to the House Health and Human Services Committee by Democratic Rep. Suzanne Harrison. The resolution will proceed to the full House for a vote. Harrison offered research showing the waking and sleeping cycles of teenagers are different from those of children and adults. The legislator and physician says forcing teens to rise before they are fully rested can impact their ability to drive safely, academic performance and mental health.
MISSING UTAH HUNTERS-FOUND
2 missing Utah hunters found safe near Nevada-Idaho line
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A pair of hunters from Utah who had been missing in the back country of northeast Nevada since Saturday have been found safe near the Idaho line. The Elko Daily Free Press reports a search and rescue team found 38-year-old Chad Strain and 44-year-old Lee Peters in their stranded vehicle Monday after hearing them yelling and shooting a gun to draw attention about 13 miles (21 kilometers) southeast of Jackpot. They were not dressed for cold weather because it was relatively warm before a snowstorm moved in over the weekend. They were found where they got stuck in the mud near Granite Creek Reservoir.
Police: Fatal officer-involved shooting started with dispute
MILLCREEK, Utah (AP) — Utah police have reported a 56-year-old man was fatally shot after officers responded to a dispute between a woman and her adult son. The Unified Police Department has identified the man as Marc Dominic Neal. Authorities say no one else was injured. Police say the officer-involved shooting started Monday as a domestic dispute at a home in Millcreek. Authorities say Neal was standing in the front of the home with a gun in his hand when officers arrived. It is unclear if Neal fired his gun at his mother or police. The West Valley City Police Department is investigating. Authorities say six officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
Colorado lawmaker takes Health and Human Services job
DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado state Rep. Susan Beckman has taken a job as a regional director for the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The Denver Post reports Beckman declined to specify her new job when she abruptly resigned on the floor of the Colorado House Jan. 17. The agency's website and a Colorado House Republican Party member say Beckman was appointed to direct HHS services for the department's Region 8. Beckman will be based in Colorado while overseeing Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Republican from Littleton was elected to the state House in 2016.
CRUISE SHIP DEATH
Utah man to plead guilty in wife's death on Alaska cruise
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife during a 2017 cruise to Alaska. The plea agreement signed by Kenneth Manzanares states he and his wife, Kristy Manzanares, had been arguing about his behavior when she told him she wanted a divorce. The document states that Manzanares acknowledged hitting his wife, seeing blood, striking her again and having no memory after that. Manzanares previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Friday.
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