A man charged with killing a Washington County woman has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jack Daniel Brown, 27, pleaded guilty on Friday to aggravated murder. During a hearing in 5th District Court, prosecutors agreed to drop kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges. Court records said that Brown was then sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Trisha Stubbs and leaving her body near Toquerville Falls in 2006.

Becker sets meeting on Delta merger plan

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will host the first meeting of the newly formed Air Transportation Promotion Alliance at 6 p.m. Monday in the Cannon Room of the Salt Lake City-County Building, 451 S. State.

The coalition of government and community leaders was organized by Becker and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to address a possible Delta Air Lines merger. Delta reportedly is considering merging with either Northwest Airlines or United Airlines.

In addition to Becker and Huntsman, the Air Transportation Promotion Alliance will include four state legislators — one Republican and one Democrat from the Senate, and one Republican and one Democrat from the House. Those members will be appointed by legislative party leaders.

The alliance also will include Meg Holbrook, Utah Transportation commissioner; Jason Perry, director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber; Keith Christensen, a member of the Salt Lake City Airport Board; and Joe Zeidner, legal counsel with a background in mergers and acquisitions.

Transients blamed for S.L. house fire

Firefighters believe transients were to blame for a house fire reported at an abandoned residence in Salt Lake City Friday afternoon.

Fire crews were called just before 4 p.m. to a boarded-up abandoned home at 50 E. 900 South. When crews arrived they found smoke coming from the back side of the house.

Salt Lake City Fire Chief Dennis McKone said they believe the fire was started by transients who built a fire inside a refrigerator to cook and keep warm.

McKone said damage was minimal, mainly because the house already had suffered fire damage about three years ago.

Leonardo schedules its first workshop

The Leonardo is opening for business — sort of.

A workshop featuring the type of hands-on science and art classes and activities that ultimately will be housed in downtown Salt Lake City's Library Square can be experienced beginning Feb. 6 at South Towne Center, 10450 S. State, Sandy.

Leonardo's Workshop is the first major public event in a series of programming activities museum officials plan to host in 2008 and 2009.

The workshop will be held in Fountain Court, which is located on the lower level of the mall at the north end. Some special events will take place in the Center Court area. The workshop will be open through Feb. 29 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays.

The Leonardo's 2008-09 programming schedule will include workshops, classes, public dialogs and hands-on activities. For more information, visit www.theleonardo.org.