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State funding boosts Juab County’s public defender office

State funding boosts Juab County’s public defender office

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — An influx of state funding to bolster county public defenders offices has transformed what used to be a one-man operation helping people in sparsely populated Juab County who can’t afford private attorneys get better legal representation, a recent report found. The $142,000 from the state in […]

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Pot legalization advocates seek foothold in Midwest states

Pot legalization advocates seek foothold in Midwest states

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide […]

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Utah is 1 of 9 states seeing decrease in fatal overdoses

Utah is 1 of 9 states seeing decrease in fatal overdoses

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State leaders say heroin overdose deaths declined in Utah in 2017 for the first time in seven years. Data released Monday by state agencies shows that opioid-related overdose deaths decreased last year by almost 20 percent. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says fatal overdoses specifically […]

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This photo shows the Utah State Capitol, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers are entering the final day of what has been a relatively quiet 45-day legislative session. By constitutional rule the Legislature must end its session Thursday, which often means the stroke of midnight. Lawmakers are wrapping up negotiations on a number of bills, including proposals to change the state's liquor and gun laws, and putting the finishing touches on a roughly $13 billion state budget.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah begins jail death reports, substance abuse study

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Utah officials have started the process of gathering information on deaths and substance abuse and drug withdrawal in county jails. The Standard-Examiner reports the Utah Legislature in March created an annual reporting system and ordered a study of jailhouse substance abuse issues after there were multiple reports of […]

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Utah man shares story of opioid battle with youth groups

Utah man shares story of opioid battle with youth groups

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — A once promising baseball player at the University of Utah who became addicted to heroin after an injury is now sober, and he’s sharing his story with youth groups to help prevent others from getting sucked in as he did. Derek Larsen, who had a […]

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