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Kevin Andrew Nelson other activists call on Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to support a resolution to walk back changes to net neutrality rules during a rally outside the Federal Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 28, 2017.

New poll results from Utah voters

A new poll of Utah voters found that Beehive State residents want lawmakers to protect land, as well as air and water resources, according to the Deseret News.

The poll found 55 percent of Utah voters think communities grew too quickly and that city’s and urban developers didn’t plan well enough.

Meanwhile, 68 percent said they suffered health problems because of smog.

The Nature Conservancy of Utah commissioned the poll.

"The results of this poll are really revealing and show some common ground on these resources close to home," said Dave Livermore, executive director of The Nature Conservancy of Utah.

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Protesters call on Hatch to fight net neutrality

Close to 30 protesters gathered outside Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office on Tuesday to ask him to fight against the undoing of net neutrality rules, according to the Deseret News.

The new rules for net neutrality, which were first approved in December by the Federal Communications Commission, were enrolled last week. The rules returned internet service providers to their pre-2015 classification as information service companies, which comes with fewer rules and less stringent oversight than the Title II telecommunication designation that had been in place the previous two years.

The changes could lead internet service providers to create different levels of service speeds, potentially throttling users' access to certain websites while offering optimized access to sites providers own or have paid agreements with.

Now, lawmakers have 60 days to potentially undo those changes.

"The actions that the FCC took will allow big companies like Verizon and Comcast to control the internet," said protest organizer Charlotte Maloney. "It’s really, I think, a First Amendment issue. They are limiting our First Amendment rights to free speech as well as limiting our access to information."

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Why John Swallow just sued Utah

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow sued the Beehive State on Tuesday for $1.5 million, according to the Deseret News.

He filed the suit for attorney fees that he suffered while defending himself of public corruption charges in 2017.

Swallow said that any public official who was acquitted of a crime can be reimbursed for attorney fees and costs.

"What happened to me represents the darkest side of politics," he said in a prepared statement.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods just banned assault weapons

Dick’s Sporting Good announced Wednesday that it will ban sales of assault weapons, according to USA Today.

The decision comes after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Dick’s stopped selling assault weapons after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting in 2012. However, people could still buy the weapons at Field & Stream locations, which sell hunting and outdoors goods.

"As we looked at what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened, we felt we really needed to do something,” CEO Ed Stack said Wednesday.

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The company said people under 21 can’t buy high-capacity magazines or guns at its stores.

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