Utah taxpayers will lend the federal government $1.7 million to reopen five national parks for 10 days under a deal signed by Gov. Gary Hebert. The Utah Legislature, which will meet in special session Wednesday, can approve funds to keep the areas open beyond that time.

The national parks have been closed by the government shutdown over efforts in the U.S. House to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed three years ago.

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