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State & Regional
9:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Navajo Lawmakers Take Up Energy-Related Bills

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA (AP) - Navajo lawmakers have approved a $4,000,000 appropriation to a tribal company set up to purchase a coal mine in northwestern New Mexico. 

The vote Wednesday came during a special session of the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock.

The bill will give an initial infusion of cash to the Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton if lawmakers don't vote to update the tribe's 1980 energy policy.

A bill to do so had been on the council's agenda Wednesday. But the council lost a quorum.

State & Regional
8:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Cox Sworn In As Utah Lieutenant Governor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Spencer Cox has been sworn in as Utah's new lieutenant governor, becoming the the eighth person to hold the office.

Cox took the oath of office at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after his appointment was approved by the Senate. 

Gov. Gary Herbert selected Cox to replace Greg Bell, who is stepping down to return to the private sector. 

Cox was a freshman Republican lawmaker, attorney and telecommunications executive from Fairview, a small town in Central Utah.

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State & Regional
8:35 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawmakers Approve $7,000,000 To Keep National Parks Open

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have authorized the state to spend another $7,000,000 to keep Utah's national parks open through December 1 after the sites were temporarily shuttered due to a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Senate and House unanimously approved the spending Wednesday evening, but it was unclear if the money would need to be used.

Congress appeared to be closing in on a deal late Wednesday to reopen the government.

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State & Regional
6:06 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

5 Northern Utah Moose Shot Dead In 3 Days

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says five moose were illegally shot dead earlier this month in northern Utah. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that investigators believe it was the work of poachers acting separatly over three days in Summit and Wasatch counties. 

Some were shot at close range by high-powered rifles. Witnesses watched two of the shootings but couldn't identify the hunters. 

The Utah Division of Wildlife is asking the public for help solving the Oct. 5-7 shootings.

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State & Regional
4:17 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Utah Outdoor Summit Set For May 8

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert outdoor recreation director says he will hold a Utah Outdoor Summit to leverage the economic potential of the state's wild and spectacular lands. 

Brad Petersen has been busy during his first 90 days on the job. He's in charge of promoting Utah's $5.8 billion outdoor-recreation economy and aligning the state's 600 gear manufacturers and distributors. His job is unique among federal, state and local governments.

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