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Provo

A fire that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to a Provo home is now being investigated as arson.

While fire officials have not determined the cause of the fire at 200 S. Parkside Place, they say an ignitable liquid was used to fuel the fire. A sample of the chemical was sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Investigators also say a large amount of cash and personal items were taken from the home before the fire.

Spanish Fork

Fourth District Judge Anthony Schofield has continued sentencing for convicted murderer Boyd Mason to April 21.

Mason, 32, was found guilty Jan 31 of shooting his ex-wife to death in Spanish Fork while his daughter watched.

Mason will be sentenced for murder, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony; and simple assault, a class B misdemeanor.

Mason could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Utah County

The Utah Department of Transportation is advising motorists to be alert near the 1600 North and I-15 interchange in the Orem area for the next few months.

From March 12 to June 30 construction crews will be installing traffic signals at the southbound on and off-ramps at 1600 North. Motorists should expect periodic lane restrictions and temporary lane closures between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Signs and other traffic control devices will be posted to help motorists through the construction zone. Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather, equipment problems or emergency situations.

Orem

The Orem City Council has created a special improvement district designed to spur development in the Bunker Business Park, one of the last large tracts of land in the city open to industrial growth.

The district will help fund improvements to the park's infrastructure, including water, sewer, curbs and gutters. That should help the developer — Washburn, Smith and Berlin Inc. — to sell the property's remaining lots.

Payson

Former Utah Jazz basketball player Thurl Bailey will be the keynote speaker — and possible singer — at Thursday's Payson Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet at the Mi Rancherito Banquet Hall.

The chamber will install Brian Hulet as president elect, along with a new board of directors and new members.

Since retiring from basketball, Bailey spends much of his time as a singer and motivational speaker. The banquet begins at 7 p.m.

BYU

Marilyn Arnold, English professor emeritus at Brigham Young University, has received the 2003 Utah Women's Achievement Award presented by the Governor's Commission for Women and Families.

The BYU Women's Research Institute nominated Arnold for her contributions to academia, students and the community. While at BYU, Arnold was dean of graduate studies, director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature and editor of the journal "Literature and Belief."

Arnold was also appointed to an administrative post as an assistant to former BYU President Dallin H. Oaks. In 1983, Arnold was named English Professor of the Year