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Commissioner plans to leave his SEC position, return to Utah

Commissioner Norman S. Johnson announced his plans to leave the Securities and Exchange Commission before the end of this summer and return home to Utah.Johnson, who made the announcement Wednesday, has served at the SEC since February 1996. Prior to his appointment, he had a 30-year career as a private securities practitioner based in Salt Lake City, including time as a partner in the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. He also was a SEC staff attorney.

"I have greatly enjoyed my four years at the commission," Johnson said. "Looking forward, I do plan to continue my active involvement in professional, business and community matters." He said he also looks forward to spending more time with his family.

Delta planning a nonstop route between S.L., Reagan airport

Delta Air Lines on Wednesday applied to operate two daily round-trip nonstop flights between Salt Lake City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Delta has the backing of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, both R-Utah., in its application for the flights with the U.S. Department of Transportation.