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Dr. Allen Taylor, cardiology chief at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, said Sunday that the heart transplant waitlist is “a very regimented and fair process, and heavily policed.”


Outside groups spent $1.5M on Senate race

SALT LAKE CITY — Political action committees and nonprofit groups are spending more than $1.5 million on the U.S. Senate race in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the money was spent in the weeks leading up to the Republican caucus meetings earlier this month.

FreedomWorks spent nearly $650,000 on mailers and delegate recruitment, the largest amount of any group outside of campaigns. The group affiliated with the tea party is opposing Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch but is not endorsing any candidates.

Five groups supporting Mr. Hatch spent nearly $900,000 combined, with Freedom Path accounting for $571,000 of those expenditures.

Freedom Path is supporting Mr. Hatch because of his sponsorship of a balanced-budget amendment. The group has run ads critical of two challengers to Mr. Hatch, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod.


Fed wind-power guidelines aim to cut bird deaths

The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located.

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar said the guidelines, which take effect immediately, provide a scientific basis for developers and government regulators to identify sites with low risk to wildlife while allowing for more wind energy projects on private and public lands.

But a bird advocacy group that lobbied for mandatory standards said the voluntary guidelines will do little to protect hundreds of thousands of birds killed each year by turbines.

The guidelines call on the wind industry to eliminate from consideration areas that would pose high risks to birds and other wildlife. If developers follow the guidelines, they are unlikely to be prosecuted under federal law in the event of bird deaths, said Daniel M. Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

From wire dispatches and staff reports