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News Brief: No Clinton Corruption, Wolves & Weekend Snow

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a 24-hour period beginning Saturday morning at 5 a.m. This and more in the Friday morning news brief.

Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020

Nation

Utah Prosecutor Finds No Clinton Corruption

U.S. Attorney John Huber’s inquiry into investigations targeting Hillary Clinton is largely finished and has found nothing worth pursuing, according to the Washington Post. Huber is the top federal prosecutor in Utah. In 2017, he was tasked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into the FBI’s handling of allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation and during Clinton’s time as secretary of state. The Post reported that current and former law enforcement officials say the probe has not formally ended and there hasn’t been an official notice sent to lawmakers or the Justice Department. Read the full storyWashington Post

State

Fighting The New Tax Law

Opponents of a tax overhaul bill passed in a December special session are working hard to gather signatures in order to let voters decide on the controversial measure. The group needs nearly 116,000 signatures from across the state to make it on the ballot, and their deadline is Jan. 21 — only 11 days away. So far, only about 8,000 signatures have been verified, but organizers say they’ve gathered much more than that, and they believe momentum is picking up in their final stretch. And a Utah grocery store chain is opening its doors to opponents of the new tax law. In a statement, Harmons Grocery says beginning Saturday it will allow signature gathering for the tax referendum at all of its 19 Utah locations. Read the full story.Nicole Nixon

Northern/Central Utah

Weekend Storm

A one-two winter weekend punch. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a 24-hour period beginning Saturday morning at 5 a.m. Seven to 15 inches of snow is projected for the Wasatch Mountains, Western Uintas, the Wasatch Plateau and Book Cliffs. The heaviest snowfall is expected Saturday night, with potential for difficult travel over mountain passes. — Diane Maggipinto

Region

Citizen Wildlife Science

A new online service is allowing professional researchers and citizen scientists alike to share and exchange photos from camera traps. Because the method generates enormous amounts of data, thousands of images go unused. The idea of the service is to encourage collaboration between researchers and put the data to use in the name of conservation. — Maggie Mullen, Mountain West News Bureau

Wolves On The Border

Wildlife officials have discovered evidence of wolves living in northwestern Colorado after hunters reported a suspected pack and residents found a scavenged elk carcass. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department says the pack is likely that of gray wolves residing in the state. The hunters provided a video shot in October of two wolves shown near the Wyoming and Utah borders, officials say, who note it's the first time in a few years multiple wolves were seen traveling together in Colorado. Wildlife officials there say they found several large canid tracks when they investigated the elk carcass. — Associated Press

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