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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah says it has fielded 17 calls at a hotline about possible tampering of semen samples at a defunct fertility clinic once operated by faculty members. Yet officials say they may never get to the bottom of a complaint that a convicted felon working at the clinic replaced a customer’s sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago. Sperm banks appear to fall under no regulation in Utah, raising questions about how couples can trust their DNA. The Utah attorney general’s office and departments of health and commerce say they don’t inspect or regulate fertility clinics. By Paul Foy, photos. SENT: 425 words.
SALT LAKE CITY — The House committee investigating former Utah Attorney General John Swallow is meeting Tuesday. The Utah lieutenant governor’s office will present the findings of their investigation of Swallow. The investigation found Swallow likely violated campaign disclosure laws. The committee is also scheduled to discuss whether changes are needed to Utah election laws in light of the report. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 575 words.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A former staffer for Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has pleaded not guilty to lying about being injured in the Iraq war to collect disability benefits. Gilbert Prado, 49, of West Valley City, entered his plea Monday, court records show. Federal prosecutors last month filed a 15-count indictment against Prado for wire fraud and making false statements. The West Valley City man is accused of lying to Veterans Affairs about being injured during combat in Iraq in 2006. Prosecutors say Prado received monthly disability payments from August 1011 to March 2012 totaling $18,000. He landed a two-year paid position in Chaffetz’s Provo field office through the Wounded Warrior Project, working for the congressman from 2010 to 2011. A trial has been scheduled for March 24. SENT: 325 words.
LAS VEGAS — A 34-year-old man is jailed in Las Vegas on kidnapping and fugitive charges after his ex-girlfriend reported that she was held against her will for several months at Mesquite motels. Jason Greniger was being held Tuesday at the Clark County jail pending court appearances on a felony kidnapping charge and a Minnesota fugitive warrant. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m. MST.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Reality in the illegal drug world is mimicking fiction. Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico, says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.
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HONOLULU — Brandt Snedeker is a walking billboard for how he busy he will be this summer. With Wyndham and RBC on his shirt — both title sponsors on the PGA — he will play nine straight weeks through the end of the FedEx Cup. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 850 words, photos. WITH: — GLF–Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 1100 words.
— NATIONAL GUARD-HELICOPTERS — Utah National Guard officials are worried that more than 200 people could lose their jobs if the U.S. Army consolidates its fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters.
— SPRINGVILLE PROSTITUTION CHARGES — Charges against a 68-year-old Springville man accused of running a prostitution ring have been dropped after he died while serving time in prison on another case.
— FATAL FLU-SOUTHERN UTAH — Health officials are blaming the flu for three deaths in southern Utah in the past two weeks.
— SEX ASSAULT-ST GEORGE — A St. George man who told police he had sex with an unconscious woman to save her life has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the incident.
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