Tech worker pleads guilty in death of Utah college student

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FILE – In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Ashley Fine speaks during a vigil for Mackenzie Lueck at the university in Salt Lake City. A tech worker pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the death of Lueck, more than a year after her disappearance sparked a large-scale search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard. Ayoola A. Ajayi is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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A tech worker pleaded guilty on Wednesday to strangling a Utah college student whose disappearance over a year ago sparked a search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard.

Ayoola A. Ajayi acknowledged he planned the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, whom he met on a dating app and arranged to meet in a park. After they returned to his

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University of Utah Establishes Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center as Lead for Innovation and Economic Engagement

President Ruth V. Watkins is pleased to announce that the University of Utah has formed the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center, a centralized office that will drive the U’s expanding efforts for economic engagement for the greater Utah community. The new office builds on the work by the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), to serve as a hub to foster partnerships between industry, university and government entities. This effort formalizes the U’s commitment to increase its impact on Utah’s economy by catalyzing innovation.

As a crucial foundation for PIVOT Center, operations previously led by TVC will continue to assist the U’s faculty inventors in bringing their innovations to market by spearheading all aspects of invention management, patent prosecution, licensing, startup formation and support, equity management and early stage funding. The new office leverages these existing resources and will hire new staff to oversee economic

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Major lane closure starts as I-15 tech corridor project in Utah County nearing its end

LEHI — A major lane closure in the Interstate 15 technology corridor construction project starts Wednesday night, and will last through Monday morning. Project officials said the end of construction is in sight for the gridlock and delays.

According to officials from the Utah Department of Transportation, the project should wrap up in about a month.

UDOT will shut down the far-left northbound lane on I-15 in Lehi, beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The lane will be closed between Lehi Main Street and state Route 92 until 6 a.m. Monday. Officials said it’s a critical closure on the last lap of construction.

“It’s going to be a big benefit for anybody that works here or comes here,” said Andrew Gwynn, a UDOT project manager who has been working on the interstate expansion since it started.

Nearly 200,000 cars drive that stretch of I-15 every day.

Over the last two decades,

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The Latest: Utah increases pandemic restrictions in 2 cities


SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert will increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah cities as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.

Herbert is imposing new restrictions in the cities of Provo and Orem that will limit social gatherings to 20 people starting

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