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  • Law enforcement officers investigate in Hildale, Utah, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Several top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect were arrested Tuesday on federal accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering marking one of the biggest crackdowns on the group in years. (Chris Caldwell /The Spectrum & Daily News via AP) Latest guilty plea will keep polygamous sect-connected business from taking food stamps
    Another defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints food stamp case, and the de...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 06:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Trent Nelson  |  Tribune fle photo The LSJ meetinghouse in Colorado City, the building ex-members say houses the FLDS church’s surveillance camera operation. Land trust board files lawsuit seeking to take control of polygamous sect’s meetinghouse
    The land trust that owns much of the real estate in two polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line has filed a lawsuit to take over the Fundamentalist ...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 06:14 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this Saturday, March 28, 2009 file photo, American guitarist, singer and songwriter Chuck Berry performs during the ’Rose Ball’ in Monaco. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at age 90. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) To watch Chuck Berry perform was to return to youth — for everyone in the crowd
    Chuck Berry walked on stage April 17, 1998, at the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo. He was 71 years old. I was in the club’s crowd that night. I was 19 and...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ariel Barlow, right center, carries a sign following a news conference with former polygamists speaking in favor of Republican Rep. Mike Noel bigamy offense amendments Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) The polygamy bill: Questions and answers
    Any day, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will decide whether to sign or veto HB99, the bill which amends the definition of bigamy in Utah and increases the pen...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center front, sponsor of HB99, has his witnesses sworn in as he presents the bill the clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah, to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Lawyer contends bigamy bill is case of LDS legislators discriminating against polygamists
    Ken Driggs, a semi-retired attorney in Atlanta who has studied Fundamentalist Mormons and the law has sent Utah Gov. Gary Herbert a 16-page memorandum...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 07:26 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred at a memorial for the 13 (and 1 still missing) victims of a September 14th flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday September 26, 2015. Polygamous town’s mayor made a reader for his children complete with cardboard cutouts
    Parents in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teach their children at home. Or, at least, they do until about age 13. The...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamist Kody Brown and his family marched across State Street near the LDS Office Building in order to meet up with other polygamists and supporters prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally on Friday. ‘Sister Wives’ say it may be time for polygamists to leave Utah
    The polygamists from the reality show “Sister Wives” who won, for a time, a lawsuit against the state of Utah that spurred a new bigamy bill decried t...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senator Kevin T. Van Tassell listens during Senate Floor Time at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 9, 2017. Utah senator pointed to his daughter — a plural wife — to push passage of polygamy bill
    A Utah state senator sponsoring a bill changing the definition of bigamy and increasing the penalties in some cases tried to secure votes Thursday by ...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center front, sponsor of HB99, has his witnesses sworn in as he presents the bill the clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah, to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Anti-polygamy bill squeaks through Utah Senate at 11th hour
    A bill that would change the definition of polygamy and increases the penalties for it in some circumstances passed the Utah Legislature in the sessio...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy  A screen shot of Mike Noel, rigth, and Michelle Neilson, left, during discussion of Noel’s bigamy bill on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Polygamists skeptical of woman who testified to Legislature about being sex-trafficked
    Polygamists say that a woman who last month gave emotional testimony to lawmakers about being sex-trafficked through several sects was never involved ...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 09:21 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hikers relax on Angels Landing. Florida author identified as man who fell to death in Zion National Park
    The hiker who died from a fall Friday in Zion National Park was identified Monday as Tate Ryan Volino, 45, of Florida. Volino lived in Osprey, Fla, ac...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City,questions the need for a law that says the state Board of Education can refuse to adopt a federal program for schools if it conflicts with state policy. The board already can do so without the need for another statute, he argued. ‘Escaping Polygamy’ star responds after polygamists lobby Sen. Jim Dabakis
    The Utah Legislature has been debating whether to amend the state’s criminal polygamy statutes, and on Thursday, four plural wives went to visit Sen. ...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 02:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamists and their supporters assembled at City Creek Park prior to their march to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, February 10, 2017. LDS Church has been brought into polygamy debate at Utah Legislature
    About 51 weeks ago, polygamists and their supporters picketed in the Utah Capitol’s Rotunda. They were protesting a bill meant to curb polygamy, but ...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 08:45 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Bill Paxton, a cast member in the HBO series ’Big Love,’ poses at the show’s third season premiere in Los Angeles. A family representative said prolific and charismatic actor Paxton, who played an astronaut in ’Apollo 13’ and a treasure hunter in ’Titanic,’ died from complications due to surgery. The family representative issued a statement Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, on the death. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) Polygamist family that helped inspire ‘Big Love’ remembers actor Bill Paxton
    Maybe the other 49 states first associate Bill Paxton with the movies “Twister,” “Apollo 13” or “Aliens.” But in Utah, Paxton’s biggest role was as p...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Marshal on patrol Monday, February 18, 2013 in Hildale, Utah. Marshal can police polygamous town in Utah, not Arizona
    Usually, when people talk about lines that police officers can’t cross, it’s a figure of speech. Not so with Taylor Barlow, a marshal for the town of...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 07:54 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, present HB99 to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee in the House Building Room 20 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017.  HB99 clarifies polygamy is a felony in Utah. Polygamy bill passes Utah House, moves to Senate
    A bill changing the definition of bigamy, and that would increase the penalties for it in some cases, won approval Thursday from the Utah House of Rep...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Daggett County Jail near Manilla, in Daggett County on September 25, 2007. Two guards on leave from now-empty Utah jail following allegations of misconduct
    Two Daggett County corrections officers are on leave over allegations of misconduct, and there is no timeline for returning scores of prison inmates t...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamists and their supporters rally on the south steps of the Capitol building, Friday, February 10, 2017. Former plural wives divided over what Utah should do about polygamy
    Hildale • Shirlee Draper doesn’t like polygamy. Her marriage was arranged. Later her husband married her younger sister. Draper says polygamy is pat...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 11:19 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A young woman in a pink Quinceañera dress stands out from the winter foliage as she has her photos taken in Memory Grove Park, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Utah weather: Warm for February, with rain sticking around through the week
    Much like Saturday, the temperature in northern Utah on Sunday will remain warm for this time of year. The National Weather Service predicts Salt Lake...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 03:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A Great Gray Owl sits in a tree in Mountain Green, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The last confirmed sighting of its kind in Utah was in 1989. Great gray owl is confirmed in Utah for first time in 28 years
    Bird lovers in Morgan County have been watching a little history lately. The great gray owl has been spotted in the town of Mountain Green, marking th...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Arrest made in shooting death of 18-year-old in Magna
    Police have arrested one person suspected of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man late Thursday in Magna. The suspect, according to a tweet sent Sa...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 08:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Investigators search for evidence where a missing girl was found in an irrigation ditch in Smithfield on Friday. Two males suspected in case of girl found with ‘significant injuries’ in northern Utah canal
    Police have “taken into custody” two people suspected of being involved in the case of a 14-year-old girl who was found injured Friday in an empty Smi...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
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    |  courtesy of the Utah Historical Society  Men and boys are gathered in a photo dated July 26, 1953, during the state of Arizona’s raid on the Short Creek polygamous community. The photo is part of a collection recently made available from Salt Lake Tribune negatives digitized by the Utah Historical Society. Photo archive includes shots of 1944 polygamy trial, 1953 Short Creek raid
    You may have read the story earlier this week about the trove of Salt Lake Tribune photos from the 1930s through the 1960s, recently made available on...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 07:31 am   |     |   Share
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    A young girl sits on a bike in one of a series of photographs found on a memory card and alleged to have come from an FLDS church security team. I’m pretty sure I caught a polygamous sect spying on me
    St. George • I looked up and to my left, and on the second-floor walkway in front of closed motel room doors was a woman in a prairie dress. She clut...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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  • President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden and gun violence victims, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Trolley Square survivor Carolyn Tuft is standing behind the President with other stakeholders and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 10th anniversary of Trolley Square shootings arrives as gun-control advocates mount challenges
    Eight years after a gunman opened fire in Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square mall, Carolyn Tuft and Anne Bagley found themselves in the same bank line. B...
    Updated Feb 12 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Polygamist Kody Brown and his family marched across State Street near the LDS Office Building in order to meet up with other polygamists and supporters prior to marching to the Capitol where they held a rally, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. ‘Sister Wives’ family returns to Utah to rally polygamists against bigamy bill
    Polygamists and their children marched to the Capitol on Friday to show that they are families, and to ask lawmakers not to advance a bill that would ...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
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  • POLYGAMY
    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, sponsor of HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, goes before the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Orgies appear to be legal in Utah, and other notes from polygamy bill hearing
    In Tuesday’s hearing on the latest polygamy bill, Assistant Utah Attorney General Parker Douglas went where few legislative proceedings have gone befo...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger, right, attends a hearing for HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, as it goes back to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. At left are Luanne Cooper, a former member of the Polygamist Kingston clan and Jessica Christensen of the show ’Escaping Polygamy.’ Utah legislators vote to make changes to polygamy law but would keep it a felony
    A Utah legislative committee advanced a bill that keeps polygamy a felony but offers people leaving a polygamous relationship a chance to avoid prosec...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • In this Jan. 25, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump signs an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington. Immigration to the United States has come in swells and dips over the past two-plus centuries, driven by shifts in U.S. policy, the mood in the country and world events.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) U., BYU professors file motion asking to support immigration order lawsuit
    A handful of professors from Utah’s two law schools have asked permission to file a brief supporting a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for his ...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • POLYGAMY
    James Oler, center, arrives at the courthouse in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Two people linked to the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., could have foreseen that their actions would lead to a girl having sex with the church’s prophet well before her 14th birthday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said as he convicted the estranged husband and wife Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore Friday. He found Oler not guilty of the same charge. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press) Why two Canadian polygamists were guilty of taking their teen daughter to marry, but not a third
    Sure, James Oler knew his 15-year-old daughter was going to be married in Nevada to a 24-year-old man, a Canadian judge said in his written verdict la...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
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