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Governor Gary Herbert comments on DUI and abortion bills.
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Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's strict new DUI threshold is here to stay.Herbert said at a press conference Thursday that while there may be some tweaks to the 0.05 percent blood alcohol limit taking effect Dec. 30, it won't be repealed or delayed.

The mayor of a Salt Lake City suburb has approved a $15,000 raise for himself just weeks after taking office.The 10 percent pay raise takes Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn's salary up to $162,000 a year, more than mayors in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo make.

Utah State University investigating sexual assault claims.
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Utah State University is investigating allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the school's music program.A Facebook post this week by a former student alleging she was raped in 2009 by a faculty member triggered complaints from other students and led the university to open an investigation.

Mitt Romney makes his candidacy for Utah Senate seat official.
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Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah.The former presidential nominee confirmed his widely anticipated plans Friday in an online video. The announcement features his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and says the conservative state and its residents can show Washington how to govern respectfully.

West Valley Fire Department
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Fire officials in suburban Salt Lake City are investigating the cause of a brush fire that forced the evacuation of a homeless camp in West Valley City.Firefighters from several agencies responded to the fire in a field near the Jordan River Parkway Trail at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Salt Lake County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the owner and former workers at a funeral home that was fined $10,000 last year for misconduct, including allegations the mortuary mixed ashes, stole jewelry from bodies and left bodies unrefrigerated.The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing suspended the Carver Mortuary's license in November but allowed it to remain open on probation after it agreed to pay the fine.

Utah lawmakers passing controversial bill encouraging universities to involve police during sexual assault reports.
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A panel of Utah lawmakers is approving a campus sexual assault bill despite concerns that encouraging colleges to alert police to serious cases could keep victims from reporting assaults.Rep. Kim Coleman pointed Thursday to Utah cases where women reported assaults only to find school officials already knew about multiple allegations against the perpetrator and didn't stop them. She insists that should never happen.

Utah police say one person is dead and three others were injured in separate shootings in the Salt Lake City area.

Police say a teen boy and a man were hospitalized after suffering serious injuries during a Tuesday afternoon shooting in West Valley City followed by some sort of disagreement.

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Utah lawmakers are once again considering getting rid of the death penalty, two years after legislators came close to making the move.

A bill sponsored by Republican state Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville would prohibit Utah prosecutors from seeking the death penalty starting May 8. The nine men currently on death row would still be executed.

Mitt romney to launch Senate Campaign this week.
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running for the Senate in Utah.

Three people with direct knowledge of the plan say Romney will formally launch his campaign in a video on Thursday. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate is scheduled for Friday in Utah. The people who provided the information asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about Romney's plans in advance.

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A committee of lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives has signed off on the creation of a new legislative oversight committee that would have broad power to investigate state and local governments, ranging from the governor's office down to an individual school.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Keven Stratton of Orem was rejected earlier this month as some Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the measure citing worries that the committee would go too far in expanding the Legislature's power.

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Utah lawmakers want the state to set aside $2 million to sue California over rules that make coal-fired power more expensive.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Mike Noel passed through a subcommittee Tuesday with only one Democratic lawmaker raising any objections. Noel says California's policy is hurting coal miners in his rural district and violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause.

Wasatch mountains in eastern Utah.
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Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.

Wasatch County authorities say the elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the craft flew low, trying to capture the animal with a net.

Speeding permits and shortening envrionmental reviews will allow infrastructure to be built significantly faster.
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Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is praising the Trump administration's plans and streamline environmental reviews to speed up permits for infrastructure projects.

Bishop told lawmakers in Utah's Senate in Salt Lake City on Monday that Trump's plan to shorten the environmental review process as part of the president's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan will make it so "you can build things in a reasonable amount of time."

Cattle ranchers are in demand to share stories of branding for a new museum.
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A nonprofit is seeking ranchers to share their stories for a new branding history exhibit.

The stories are for "Branding a Tradition: Cattle Ranchers of The Bear River Region," an exhibit debuting at the 2018 Block Film and Arts Festival in September.

A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a pilot Utah State University Extension program to help boost employment in rural parts of the state.

Republican State Rep. Michael Noel says the legislation — named the "Rural Online Initiative" — if signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert, would put rural counties on pace to meet the 25,000 jobs in five years goal proposed last year by the chief executive's office.

Special elections coiuld be changed with proposed bill.
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A proposed bill would eliminate primaries in special elections in Utah — allowing only a general election.

Republican State Rep. Dan McCay unveiled the bill Wednesday. In most cases, the bill would give parties 30 days to determine their nominees in any way they choose.

Secretary Ryan Zinke to make conservation announcement Friday in Salt Lake City.
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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to be in Utah Friday to make an announcement during a conservation and hunting expo in Salt Lake City.

Interior officials didn't provide details about the announcement in a news release Thursday, saying only he will make a "major conservation announcement."

Republican Rep. Jon Stanard resigns after records show public paid for hotel tied to prostitute.
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Records show taxpayer funds were used to pay for at least two hotel rooms that a Utah lawmaker who resigned this week is alleged to have used to meet up with a prostitute last year.

After the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported allegations Thursday that Republican Rep. Jon Stanard twice hired a prostitute in 2017, House and state elections officials said they were checking to see if taxpayer or campaign money was used for the hotel stays that the report alleges Stanard booked.

A pair of lawsuits by two former state prosecutors alleging they were retaliated against and forced out of their jobs at the Utah Attorney General's Office for reporting wrongdoing and harassment raises new questions about an office that is only four years removed from a major scandal.

Former Assistant Attorney General Paul G. Amann alleges in his lawsuit that he was wrongly fired in late 2016 for reporting office employees who misused funds and retaliated against whistleblowers.

A proposal aimed at adding safeguards for the practice of "free-range parenting" has now been passed by both the Utah House and Senate.

Representatives in the House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that ensures parents are not accused of neglect for allowing mature kids to do things alone like travel to school, explore a playground or stay in the car.

Fraudulent activity by a man in Orem cost victims over $11,000.
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The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an ex-worker at a money management firm in Orem who was found guilty in 2015 of bilking more than a dozen disabled clients out of $11,000.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jordan Jack used the money he diverted from the victims from 2012-14 to take a Las Vegas vacation, buy concert tickets, televisions, jewelry and expensive shoes.

Gramercy Elementary School in Ogden, Utah, which may be closed down.
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A Utah school district is considering closing schools after voters turned down a $106 million bond.

Ogden School District is considering a lease revenue bond or asking voters to approve another bond to replace and rebuild schools after voters turned down the last bond last November.

The Provo-Orem area, according to Forbes, is one of the best places for housing investment.
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Owning a home in Utah County is a good investment.

The Provo-Orem metro area — which includes much of Utah County — came in second on Forbes' 2018 list of the best places to invest in housing.

Angel's Landing trail at Zion, where a teen Utah girl died from a fall.
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Zion National Park officials say a 13-year-old girl has fallen to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops.

Zion park ranger John Marciano said Tuesday the Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel's Landing Trail Monday evening.

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