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Wyoming native dies in horse-riding accident at Utah ranch
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.
Salt Lake City eyes 2034 Olympics after Sapporo bid for 2030
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City may shift its focus to bidding for the 2034 Winter Olympics rather than the Games four years earlier following the announcement that Sapporo, Japan, will bid for 2030. Organizing committee President Fraser Bullock says they will do a careful analysis in the coming months about the pros and cons between bidding for 2030 or 2034 and then inform the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee of its decision. The US Olympic committee chose Salt Lake City two years ago over Denver and Reno, Nevada, as the next American city to bid for a Winter Olympics but hasn’t chosen which year it wants Utah to pursue.
NAVAJO NATION-COAL LOSSES
Navajo files to intervene in Arizona utility rate case
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has filed to intervene in a rate case for one of Arizona's largest utility companies. The tribe is seeking ways to make up for the loss of coal revenue as power plants and mines shut down in the region, and to develop renewable energy projects. Arizona Public Service Co. operates the Four Corners Power Plant on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo reservation. Tribal President Jonathan Nez has said that coal-dependent communities should be provided resources for their historic contributions and to help transition to other sources of energy. Arizona utility regulators have told APS that it should be prepared to propose a transition fund for affected communities.
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY-SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Utah State agrees to guidelines involving sex assault cases
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Department of Justice and Utah State University have agreed to a series of guidelines following a three-year investigation into the school's alleged mishandling of sexual assault cases on campus. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the agreement released Wednesday notes that the federal review of USU will be completed when the school fulfills its side of the deal. The Justice Department’s review, which began in early 2017, came after its civil rights division learned of multiple allegations of “student-on-student” rape and harassment at the school. Utah State must now comply with a list of requirements, including providing better training for students and employees on policies and federal laws involving sexual harassment.
MIT: Hackers could alter ballots in widely used voting app
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found serious security concerns in a voting app used in elections in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah. The report on the Voatz app was released Thursday. It found that attackers could “alter, stop or expose how an individual has voted" and said the app's voter identification methods pose potential privacy issues. The Boston-based Voatz has disputed the research methods, issuing a statement that said the analysts used an old version of the app and accused them of acting in “bad faith.” The company noted it hasn't had any reported issues in its counting of less than 600 votes.
Boy dies of injury from crash that killed father in Utah
MOAB, Utah (AP) — Police in Utah say a 10-year-old boy hurt in a multi-vehicle crash that killed his father has died of his injuries. Israel Camey was riding in a Chevy Tahoe driven by his father, 45-year-old Vilsar Camey, on Sunday when authorities say it was struck by a speeding pickup truck at an intersection on the main street in Moab. A pregnant woman in another vehicle was also injured. The pickup driver, 41-year-old Benjamin Thomas Balls, has been arrested. Shortly before the crash, Ball had been chased by a state trooper for allegedly speeding but the pursuit was stopped as the truck entered town.