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Utah Takes On Newest 'Health Hazard': Porn

Governor to sign 2 measures, including bill mandating computer techs report child porn

(Newser) - In an effort to fight today's "sexually toxic environment," the governor of Utah is expected on Tuesday to sign both a state resolution and a bill that declare pornography a "health hazard," CNN reports. Gov. Gary Herbert's resolution, more general statement than punishable mandate,... More »

Anesthesia Now Required in Utah Abortions After 20 Weeks

To 'minimize any pain that may be caused to an unborn child'

(Newser) - Women who receive an abortion in Utah after they've reached the 20th week of their pregnancy can expect to do so heavily sedated: On Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill requiring anesthesia for patients who reach this mark, USA Today reports. The "Protecting Unborn Children"... More »

Utah Lawmakers OK Return of Firing Squads

It's not clear whether governor will sign 'backup method' bill

(Newser) - Under a bill passed by Utah's state Senate yesterday, the state's executioners won't have to worry about a shortage of lethal injection drugs unless there's also a shortage of bullets. The bill, introduced by its Republican sponsor as a "backup," allows the use of... More »

GOP Activist Accused of Multiple Rapes

Utah conservative Gregory Peterson faces life in prison

(Newser) - A Republican activist is accused of multiple rapes, and faces up to life in prison if convicted. Gregory Peterson, 37, was a frequent host of barbecues and gatherings for GOP power players in his home state of Utah, which included the likes of Senator Orrin Hatch and Governor Gary Herbert.... More »

As Guns Spark Fires, Utah Gov Pleads With Shooters

But Utah, other states banned from emergency gun restrictions

(Newser) - With 20 wildfires around Utah this year believed to be caused by target shooters firing in bone-dry conditions, states are urging gun owners not to shoot in high-risk locations. “Now is not a good time to take your gun outside and start shooting in cheat grass that’s tinder... More »

Names of Suspected Illegal Immigrants Leak in Utah

State government scrambles to find out who's to blame

(Newser) - An anonymous group has released a list of 1,300 Utah residents who, it alleges, are illegal immigrants. The list, which was sent to media outlets, law enforcement, and lawmakers, includes the names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and in some cases even Social Security numbers of those suspects, the... More »

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