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Ted Buck, an attorney for Chuck and Judy Cox, the parents of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell and the grandparents of Susan's sons Charlie and Braden, who were attacked and killed by their father Josh Powell in 2012 while he was under suspicion for Susan Powell's disappearance, makes his opening arguments, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., on the first day of a civil lawsuit over the murder of her young sons by Josh Powell. The Coxes allege that negligence by the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services was a contributing factor that led to the deaths of their grandsons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Trial begins in lawsuit over missing woman's murdered sons

Feb. 18, 2020 8:42 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A final chapter in the horrific saga of a Utah woman who vanished about a decade ago and the killings of her young sons in a fiery attack by their father years later began Tuesday with opening statements in a lawsuit against Washington state over the boys' deaths. Josh Powell was...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Republican Rep. Brady Brammer, poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A proposal to require warning labels on pornography in Utah passed the state House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, a move an adult-entertainment industry group called a dark day for freedom of expression. Brammer, the lawmaker behind the plan to mandate the labels about potential harm to minors, says it’s aimed at catching the “worst of the worst.”(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers get tough on porn, ease up on polygamy

Feb. 18, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers voted Tuesday to put new regulations on pornography and remove some on polygamy in separate proposals moving quickly through the Legislature in the deeply conservative state. Senators voted unanimously to change state law to remove the threat of jail time for consenting...

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, shows Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. A law requiring abortion and medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains passed the state Senate Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Utah, one of several states considering similar measures that abortion-rights advocates say stigmatize the procedure.

States weigh fetal-remains bills amid abortion debate

Feb. 11, 2020 6:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law requiring abortion and medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains passed the state Senate Tuesday in Utah, one of several states considering similar measures that abortion-rights advocates say stigmatize the procedure. The proposals come after the U.S. Supreme Court last...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Kody Brown, left, from TV's reality show

Polygamists may not face jail time under new Utah bill

Feb. 10, 2020 9:17 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamists have lived in Utah since before it became a state. Eighty-five years after plural marriage was declared a felony, they still number in the thousands and have even been featured in the long-running reality TV show, “Sister Wives.” Now, a state lawmaker says...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, walks through a hallway at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.   Republicans in the state are unusually divided on the president, so while some were heartened to see Romney cast what he described as an agonizing vote dictated by his conscience, Trump supporters were left angry and frustrated.  (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP)

Romney returns to Utah to explain his impeachment decision

Feb. 6, 2020 5:29 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to censure Romney or create a way to recall the senator. Romney did not speak publicly in the state and his meetings with legislative...

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, photo, Republican Rep. Brady Brammer, poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Brammer, a Utah lawmaker unveiled a proposal Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, to require pornography to carry warning labels or be subject to a $2,500 penalty, though an adult-entertainment industry group warned the idea would violate the First Amendment.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmaker proposes warning label for pornography

Feb. 4, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has unveiled a proposal to require pornography to carry warning labels or be subject to a possible $2,500 penalty, though an adult-entertainment industry group warned the idea would violate the First Amendment. The label about the potential harm to minors would have...

Nathan Dalley, left, shakes hands with Republican Utah Rep. Craig Hall following a news conference about the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, now banned in Utah Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Dalley under went so-called conversion therapy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

Jan. 22, 2020 1:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to...

Adams scores 31, Austin Peay still unbeaten in OVC, 92-81

Jan. 18, 2020 8:32 PM EST

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Jordyn Adams scored a career-high 31 points, making seven 3-pointers, six players reached double figures and Austin Peay defeated Tennessee-Martin 92-81 on Saturday, pushing its winning streak to six games. Three more Governors reached career bests in scoring — Evan Hinson with...

Police investigate after four people were killed and fifth person was injured in a shooting at a Grantsville, Utah, home Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The suspected shooter was taken into custody by Grantsville police, the Deseret News reported. Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall said the victims and the shooter are all related, the newspaper reported. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

Boy arrested after shooting that killed 4 in small Utah town

Jan. 18, 2020 6:15 PM EST

A boy armed with a gun killed three children and a woman inside a Utah home, then accompanied a fifth victim to a hospital, where he was arrested, police said Saturday. Police were still trying to piece together who's who and what happened leading up to Friday night's shooting in Grantsville. Investigators...

Police investigate after four people were killed and fifth person was injured in a shooting at a Grantsville, Utah, home Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The suspected shooter was taken into custody by Grantsville police, the Deseret News reported. Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall said the victims and the shooter are all related, the newspaper reported. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

4 killed, 1 injured in family shooting in Utah suburb

Jan. 18, 2020 2:36 AM EST

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Four members of a family were killed and one injured in a shooting Friday night in a Salt Lake City suburb, local media report. The suspected shooter was taken into custody by Grantsville police, the Deseret News reported. Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall said the victims and the...