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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration wants to spend $1.5 billion over 10 years to create a U.S. uranium reserve, claiming that reliance on cheaper uranium imports threatens the country's energy security. But some market analysts, lawmakers and others say the Republican president is seeking a taxpayer handout for uranium companies that can’t compete in the global market. And residents near a Utah uranium mine say they fear an increase in radioactive threats. Demand for the nuclear fuel has plunged globally since Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster. Trump's proposal comes as a new federal report shows domestic uranium production plummeting 96% over the last five years.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a pair of new endorsements in Utah. Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson announced their presidential pick on Friday. Jenny Wilson said in a statement that Buttigieg would be a unifying leader who could both energize the party’s base and attract moderates. Her father Ted Wilson says the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would be the best qualified to run the country. Their endorsements contrast with U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams, who chose former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill eliminating the option to vote for all candidates of a political party by checking a single box on a ballot has gained momentum in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that some lawmakers believe ending straight-ticket ballots could encourage thoughtful voting and consideration of each race individually. The bill sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Patrice Arent was advanced by Utah House representatives Thursday. The bill will next head to the Senate for consideration. Arent says the straight-ticket option has caused voter confusion, but other lawmakers disagree saying it does not skew election results.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A suspected parole fugitive is dead after being shot by law enforcement officers trying to arrest him in Salt Lake City. A police dog was also killed during the operation early Friday. The U.S. Marshals Service says a team of officers from several agencies used surveillance to locate the man in a downtown apartment. The marshal's chief deputy says the man fled when team members tried to arrest him and, after a chase, they shot him after he showed a weapon. The suspect's name has not been released. The dog killed was named Hondo and worked with Herriman City police.