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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill that would expand opportunities for enhanced kindergarten early intervention programs has passed the Utah House of Representatives. The Deseret News reports the latest version of the bill would provide additional resources to expand the reach of the program. The bill is intended to help bring struggling students to grade-level proficiency and above as they enter first grade. The program is optional to parents, school districts and charter schools. Participating districts and schools must apply for grant funding. The $18.6 million cost of the bill reflects expansion and replacement of federal funds.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in the Utah House have passed an updated bill to ban minors from using tanning beds even with parental consent. The Deseret News reports an earlier version of the bill that would have prohibited minors from using tanning beds even with a doctor’s note was defeated earlier in the current legislative session. The new version of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Brad Daw struck the provision regarding doctor permission. Several Republican legislators who originally voted against Daw’s bill say protecting children from skin cancer is more important than a debate about government control and parental rights.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah polygamist says he gave nearly $30 million from a biodiesel fraud scheme to the polygamous group to which he belongs. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Jacob Kingston said Wednesday in court that the money went to a Utah-based polygamous group called the Davis County Cooperative Society, also known as the Kingston Group or The Order. He has previously said in the trial that the group aims to practice communal living with members sharing some of their earnings. He is testifying for the prosecution against a California businessman who prosecutors say helped Kingston carry-out the nearly $500 million fraud scheme.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Police say a Wyoming native has died in a horse-riding accident in Utah. Authorities say 35-year-old Shauna Ann Martin was riding at a ranch near Payson when she either fell or was bucked off Wednesday evening. The Daily Herald reports Martin's head struck a pole, causing fatal injuries. A ranch hand heard Martin scream and called emergency crews. Authorities say she died at the scene. Martin was originally from Evanston, Wyoming, but had recently moved to Utah County. Authorities authorities believe she had experience riding.
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