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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

Attorneys prepare for closing arguments in the wrongful death civil trial in the murder of Braden and Charlie Powell in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  A jury has found that Washington state officials were partially responsible for the deaths of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell’s children at the hands of their father. The News Tribune newspaper reported jurors on Friday, July 31,  awarded $98 million to the estates of Charlie and Braden Powell.(Tony Overman/The News Tribune via AP)

Jury: Washington state liable in Powell boys' deaths

Jul. 31, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has found that Washington state officials were partially responsible for the deaths of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell's children at the hands of their father. The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma reported that jurors on Friday awarded $98 million to the estates of Charlie...

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson told reporters Wednesday, July 22, 2020 how coronavirus cases in the county have dropped nearly a month after a face covering mandate was implemented. Utah has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases - but not around the densely populated capital city, where cases are dropping nearly a month after Salt Lake County instituted a mask mandate. (AP Photo/Solphia Eppoloto)

Utah sees virus surge -- but not in county with mask order

Jul. 22, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is among the many U.S. states battling a surge in coronavirus cases, but officials said Wednesday the Salt Lake City area is bucking the trend after the county issued a mandate a month ago for people to wear masks. There's no statewide mask order in Republican-led Utah, and face...

Angry residents react when the Utah County Commission meeting was adjourned before it even started, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Provo, Utah. The group protesting against face masks being required in schools removed the social distancing tape on the chairs and filled the Utah County Commission room to over flowing, prompting Commissioner Tanner Ainge to call for a vote to adjourn the meeting. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Crowded meeting with few masks 'foolish,' Utah governor says

Jul. 16, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People crowding into a public meeting in Utah to push for an exception to mask requirements in schools was “foolish" and suggested an “almost mob mentality" on the issue, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday. Herbert spoke the day after local officials in Utah...

Protesters clash with police officers near the district attorney's office Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Two police officers in Utah were cleared earlier Thursday in the death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, an armed man shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police, a decision that prompted his grieving family to heighten their calls for systematic changes to law enforcement. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Official: Police justified in killing armed, fleeing man

Jul. 10, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two police officers in Utah were cleared Thursday in the death of an armed man shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police, a decision that prompted his grieving family to heighten their calls for systematic changes to law enforcement. The killing of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal,...

FILE - Republican Utah gubernatorial candidate and former ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. looks on during a debate on May 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Huntsman was an enormously popular governor, scion of a prominent family and ambassador under two presidents to America's biggest global rivals, so he should be a political force to be reckoned with. But his comeback attempt came fell short in a GOP primary as he contended with a crushing pandemic and a fresh-faced opponent. He was narrowly beaten Monday, July 6, 2020 by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Campaigning during coronavirus, GOP ex-envoy falls short

Jul. 7, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As a once enormously popular governor, scion of a prominent family and ambassador under two presidents to America’s biggest global rivals, Jon Huntsman Jr. should be a political force to be reckoned with. But his comeback attempt fell short in a GOP primary as he contended with...

Utah Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox greets supporters arriving at an election night event in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Cox has won the Republican nomination in the Utah governor's race Monday, July 6, 2020, giving him a heavy advantage in the conservative state's general election. The competitive four-way contest was conducted entirely by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, which also shaped the campaign. (Trent Nelson /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Cox bests ex-ambassador Huntsman in Utah governor race

Jul. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Spencer Cox won the Republican nomination for Utah governor on Monday, as the lieutenant governor successfully staved off a comeback attempt by former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. Cox’s primary win gives him a heavy advantage in the conservative state’s general...

Spencer Cox wins Republican primary election for governor in Utah

Jul. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spencer Cox wins Republican primary election for governor in Utah.
Greater Zion Stadium at Dixie State University is shown Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in St. George, Utah. Dixie State University is considering dropping Dixie from its name as another example of the nation’s reexamination of symbols associated with the Confederacy. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Utah university to consider dropping 'Dixie' from its name

Jul. 1, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After years of resisting calls to change, a university in Utah is considering dropping “Dixie” from its name in another example of the nation’s reexamination of the Confederacy and slavery. Dixie State University, located about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of...

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, Republican ex-Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. speaks during a debate for Utah's 2020 gubernatorial race, in Salt Lake City. The state's June 30 primary will decide the Republican nominee for the first open governor’s race in more than a decade. In a state that hasn't elected a Democratic governor in more than 40 years, the GOP nominee is an almost-certain winner. With four candidates still duking it out, the primary could be close. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah Democrats cross party lines to have political impact

Jun. 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They support police reform, LGBTQ rights and Medicaid expansion. But in deeply conservative Utah, thousands of liberal-leaning voters are registering as Republicans because they say it's the only way to have a political voice in a key election next week. The state's June 30 primary...