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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Customers at the city's handful of taverns and private clubs have another hour to finish their drinks.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to an amended ordinance extending the drinking deadline from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. The old city law barred alcohol sales and consumption after 1 a.m. Under the new law, alcohol can still be purchased no later than 1 a.m., but customers have another hour before they have to leave.

The new ordinance will not affect a great deal of the city population. Provo, home to Brigham Young University, is heavily Mormon and has just three taverns and four private clubs.

The new law brings Provo in line with a state statute adopted earlier this year.

"The law allows us to regulate liquor, but not if what we do conflicts with state law," Provo City Attorney Ryan Wood said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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