News Clips for June 27, 2019

Ancient crocodiles had vegetarian cousins that roamed the planet 200 million years ago, research shows

Modern crocodiles had ancient vegetarian cousins that roamed the planet 200 million years ago, research shows. Tooth fossils revealed between three and six members of the crocodile and alligator family had specialized teeth for chewing on plants.

How Trees Affect the Weather

Biologists from the University of Utah including William Anderegg, Anna Trugman, and David Bowling have led new research and discovered that some trees and plants are prolific spendthrifts in drought conditions, "spending" precious soil water to cool themselves and, in the process, making droughts more intense. The researchers published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Also in Smart Water Magazine.

McCluskey family to sue University of Utah after daughter’s murder

The parents of a University of Utah student who was murdered on campus are planning to sue the school. Jill and Matt McCluskey plan to file a complaint against the university for its “failure to protect” their daughter Lauren.

Medical marijuana growers vie for limited licenses in Utah

It will cost a Utah grower or processor of medical marijuana $100,000 in licensing fees, which "is a "drop in the bucket" where marijuana is concerned," said Drew Rigby, the state's cannabis program manager.