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A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating a man to death last year in St. George. Mario Antoine Lucero, also known as Mario Alfonso Lucero, was immediately sentenced by 5th District Judge Michael Westfall to 15 years to life …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Citizens begin to gather outside the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building for the National Day Against Police Brutality rally in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Protesters demand accountability in police shootings
    Protesters took to the streets Wednesday to demand greater police accountability, blocking traffic on some of Salt Lake City’s main thoroughfares. “Yo …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:43 pm   |     Share
  • Work night shifts? Avoid iron-rich dinners, study says
    If you work nights, choose the chicken dinner over steak. People who head to work in the dark may have a better shot at avoiding type 2 diabetes, obes...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 08:45 pm   |     Share
  • New Mormon essay: Joseph Smith married teens, other men’s wives
    Mormon founder Joseph Smith took his first “plural wife,” Fanny Alger, in the mid-1830s. He later married many additional women — including young teen...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:32 pm   |     Share
    Is removing your child’s tonsils a good idea?
    It can seem like a revolving door at times —just when you think your child has kicked his or her latest bout with a sore throat, another round flares …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 12:21 pm   |     Share

    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Gage Church, left, and his husband, Tim Sharp, embrace and kiss they are announced husband and husband Father Robert Trujillo, of Glory To God Old Catholic Church, at the Hampton Inn Suites in Ogden, Utah Monday, December 23, 2013. Volunteer clergy were performing marriage ceremonies for couples across the street from the Weber County Clerk's Office in downtown Ogden. Utahns back religious protections against gay marriage
    The vast majority of Utahns don’t want to see a Mormon bishop, a Catholic priest or any other religious cleric being forced to perform same-sex marria...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 02:33 pm   |     Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Passengers board a TRAX train at Salt Lake International Airport for the ride back into downtown Salt Lake City , April 10, 2013. The six-mile line takes about 20 minutes to travel from downtown Salt Lake City to the airport as part of the green line from West Valley City. Trains will run every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on weekends. UTA: The deal auditors call risky is ‘fair’
    The Utah Transit Authority board voted Wednesday to proceed with a controversial “transit-oriented development” in West Jordan that legislative audito …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:31 pm   |     Share
  • Council approves Traverse Ridge board members
    Draper • The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of five members to a newly created Traverse Ridge Special Service District Board as wel...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 06:15 pm   |     Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch joined Representatives Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop on behalf of GOP congressional candidate Mia Love at the Utah Republican Party headquarters, October 22, 2014. The congressional delegation wanted to voice their support for Love, encouraging citizens to ignore what they think is a negative characterization from her opponent. Utah GOP comes to Love’s defense in 4th District
    Four members of Utah’s congressional delegation came to Mia Love’s defense Wednesday, accusing her Democratic opponent of negative campaigning for ads …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:40 pm   |     Share
    News roundup: Independents could rule in new Senate
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:21 pm   |     Share

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Conrad Truman appears at the 4th District Court in Provo on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.  Truman has been charged with murder and obstruction of justice in the 2012 death of his wife, Heidy Truman. Utah jury finds Conrad Truman guilty of killing his wife
    Provo • “It’s over. It’s over. It’s over.” Janet Wagner repeated the same words between sobs Wednesday, while clutching her family members outside a P...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 09:58 pm   |     Share
  • UTA to decide on distance-based fares next year
    The Utah Transit Authority board said Wednesday that it plans to make a final decision next year whether to change fares based on distance traveled, r …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 06:05 pm   |     Share
  • Deer poached night before Utah hunt
    Conservations officers want to know who poached a deer in Sanpete County the night before the hunt officially began. On Friday, the night before the U...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 05:58 pm   |     Share
    Trib Talk: High rate of repeat juvenile offenders
    More than half of youth offenders in Utah will return to juvenile detention after their release, a legislative audit finds. Juvenile Justice Services ...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 12:46 pm   |     Share

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Mario Antoine Lucero looks over evidence with his attorney Edward Flint during Lucero's preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony assault in Fifth District Court Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014. Man sentenced for Southern Utah murder
    A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating a man to death last year in St. George. Mario Antoine Lucero, also known as Mario Alfonso Lucero...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:28 pm   |     Share
  • This Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 still image from Video provided by Robin A. Bishop shows a bear cub walking through a Rite Aid store in Ashland, Ore.   Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday  at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city just north of the California border. (AP Photo/Robin A. Bishop) Bear cub strolls through Oregon drug store
    Ashland, Ore. • Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store got a surprise when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first s …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:09 pm   |     Share
  • Puerto Rico federal judge upholds local laws banning gay marriage
    San Juan, Puerto Rico • A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:03 pm   |     Share
    (LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Mountain Meadow Massacre Memorial site. The piles of stones behind him are part of the monument.  (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Abraham to blacks to Brigham — Mormon essays confront tough questions
    They have tackled touchy topics: Did Mormons really abandon polygamy in 1890? Did Brigham Young order the Mountain Meadows Massacre? Do Latter-day Sai...

    Updated Jul 14 2014 05:11 pm   |     Share

  • In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo, an investigator handles one of dozens of rare artifacts soon to be on their way back to Peru after being seized in the United States during investigations into the smuggling of cultural relics, at an ICE Homeland Security Investigations office, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Pre-Columbian pottery seized from Utah man returned to Peru
    Three artifacts looted in Peru and smuggled into the United States — including two pieces of pre-Columbian pottery seized from a Utahn — were returned...

    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:05 pm   |     Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File) Navajo Nation’s highest court orders candidate off ballot over language fluency
    Flagstaff, Ariz. • A candidate for tribal president on the nation’s largest Indian reservation lost another round in a language fluency dispute Wednes …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 02:49 pm   |     Share
  • Robert Kirby: Caravan of the damned
    I left St. George early Sunday afternoon. The sun was bright and high, as was the hope in my heart that I would make it home in time for my granddaugh …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 02:36 pm   |     Share
    Seattle Mormons’ outreach to gays yields a spiritual feast
    The recent outreach effort to Mormon gays and lesbians in one Seattle LDS congregation was a “tremendous success,” with attendance swelling to three t...

    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:11 pm   |     Share