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Marijuana plants grow under special lights inside the grow facility at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
News roundup: Colorado debuts pot vending machine

Colorado to debut pot vending machine. Gay marriage hearing comes on mixed-race wedding anniversary. The Utah docs who make over $1 million from Medicare.

Happy Monday. Colorado was the first state to allow recreational marijuana use and now will be the first state to debut a pot vending machine. The Zazz dispenser will have multiple cameras and include a scanner to ensure the purchaser is of age, the owners say. [UPI]

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Topping the news: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard Utah's defense of its ban on same-sex marriage on the anniversary of the Supreme Court hearing on mixed-race marriages. Some say that the arguments in the two cases are similar. [Trib]

-> In Utah, 18 doctors and six businesses received over $1 million each from Medicare in 2012. [Trib]

-> Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been in office a year -- and learned a lot. [Trib]

-> UTA doubled how much it spent on bonuses last year while asking for a sales tax increase to restore bus service. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @utahbecky: "Panicking...phone down to 5% and convention with hours to go!"

From @curtbently: "Most common refrain at #DavisGOP convention thus far: Thank you for your patience..."

Opinion section: Paul Rolly discusses the still hot contention over the Count My Vote compromise. [Trib]

-> George Pyle says to let your kids take standardized tests, unless they are going to miss out on something really cool. [Trib]

-> Sutherland Institute Policy Director Derek Monson says Congress needs to restore the president's authority to negotiate free-trade deals so that Utah's exports can continue to grow. [Trib]

-> Kaitlin Butler, a research assistant for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and program coordinator for the Women's Congress for Future Generations, asks what will happen to the Kennecott Copper Mine when all the copper is gone and lasting effects after the ore is used up. [Trib]

-> Ed Arnett. director of the Center for Responsible Energy Development of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Terry Riley, director of conservation for the North American Grouse Partnership, say there is still time to prevent the sage grouse from being listed by the Endangered Species Act. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the Bundy Ranch cattle scandal. [Trib]

-> Sue Childless, director of nursing services at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, argues that people need to plan for healthcare at the end of their lives. [Trib]

-> Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark argues that some low-income children need to be able to spend time on the computer. [Trib]

-> Here are some of the best reader comments from sltrib.com. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the changes in politics over same-sex marriage in the past 10 years. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett takes issue with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Rep. Dana Layton, R-Orem, will face off against former Rep. Brad Daw. [Trib] [Herald]

-> Women did well at the Salt Lake County Democratic convention. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Salt Lake County Republican convention was not kind to incumbents. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]

-> Moab is trying to trying to balance recreation and energy development. [DNews]

-> AG Sean Reyes said the state is not acting out of sinister motives in its defense of the same-sex marriage ban. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [KUTV]

-> Former prisoners of war meet every year for lunch to help support each other, though their numbers are dwindling. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Holladay is looking to buy the Cotton Bottom Inn and two adjacent parcels of land for $875,000. [Trib]

-> Mitt Romney told a story about former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and a missing piece on a nude male statute. [Trib]

-> Utah's senators say Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was given a very hard job of implementing the Affordable Care Act. [Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama nominated his budget director Sylvia Burwell to take Kathleen Sebelius' spot as secretary of Health and Human Services. [NYTimes]

-> The White House is considering taking some steps on immigration if Republican lawmakers keep blocking reforms. [WaPost]

-> A new study shows that the pay gap between men and women in Washington is shrinking and that the difference in pay exists because there are not enough women in top positions. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President of Information and Technology Information Foundation Dr. Rob Atkinson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Association Jo Ann Emerson, and the president of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the Dr. Suess asssembly at Sierra Bonita Elementary in Spanish Fork and meets with the Housing and Community Development division.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits a senior staff meeting, a mayor's office staff meeting and a Mountain Accord meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends scheduling, budget and Mountain Accord meetings.
  • President Barack Obama hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb

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