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Logan Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On Future For Downtown

Aug 7, 2017
Katherine Taylor

There are four candidates for mayor of Logan: Hayden Nielson, Holly Daines, Brian Seamons and Kyle Barney.

The candidates span a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

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After compiling a list of taxpayer-funded projects, an American policy group asks Utah lawmakers to reconsider whether certain items should be publicly funded.

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A law enforcement officer in Utah deliberately jammed a pistol's firing mechanism by hand during a struggle with a man who had just fired the gun near charging officers.

Witnesses at a Moab bar called police on Tuesday saying the man was showing the gun and threatening people.

Witnesses say the man pulled the gun from his waistband as officers approached him. They say he was able to fire one bullet before officers tackled him and someone was able to jam the pistol.

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Federal investigators say a plane that slammed into a Utah highway started making unusual sounds during takeoff and apparently struggled to stay at altitude before the crash that killed four people.

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A board of Utah lawmakers recommended John Cannon, former head of government relations for the LDS Church, to lead the Legislature’s law drafting office on Thursday.

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After completing many projects in Cache Valley, President of the Cache Chamber of Commerce Sandy Emile is retiring this month after 17 years of service. Some of the projects she worked on while in office include the 10th West truck route and improvements to the airport. Emile attributes the community’s success to working together and she said that’s what Cache Valley will need for the future.

Katherine Taylor

After protests from residents, plans to build a controversial 120-unit apartment complex in downtown Logan were ultimately canceled. 

Though the controversy surrounding the apartments has ended, the questions it raised remain: What exactly is in the plans for downtown Logan, and how will it be interpreted in the future? How will preservation and growth be balanced?

Credit Card Debt Is Becoming More Expensive

Aug 1, 2017
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With credit scores at an all-time high and credit card delinquency rates near all-time lows, the Federal Reserve has raised rates four times since December of 2015. Experts say because of the increased interest rates, it will cost consumers more to pay their bills.

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A man charged in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation is headed to federal court.

Tom Begaye is scheduled Tuesday to attend a change-of-plea hearing in federal court. But it is not known if his lawyers and federal prosecutors have struck a deal. Begaye previously pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse and other charges.

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The Trump administration's tax proposals would not benefit all taxpayers or states equally, according to new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

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After a rise in child vehicular heatstroke deaths from last year, U.S. lawmakers are drafting bills in the House and Senate that will require all new vehicles to come with a child safety alert system.

ACLU To Keep An Eye On Bolstered Rio Grande Policing

Jul 28, 2017
Dennis Stock

As Utah officials guarantee more police surveillance in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande District, some groups are worried about potential civil rights violations from Utah law enforcement.

Dennis Stock

Admired nationwide for its effective solutions to homelessness, Salt Lake City is now faced with a burgeoning homeless population magnified by crime, drugs and frustrations from the surrounding community.

Cache Valley Farm Helps Residents Connect With The Land

Jul 27, 2017
Bronson Teichert

One Cache Valley farm is providing a fresh new way for residents to buy their produce. According to the owner of  Mt. Naomi Farms, it also helps the growing population develop an appreciation for farmland.

Owner Brenda Meikle said every year more farmland is being taken over by development.

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A string of recent assaults, including an alleged murder, in Downtown Salt Lake’s Rio Grande District led to a meeting Wednesday between Governor Gary Herbert and other state leaders on how to handle the growing violence.

Utah Study Finds Mental Ways To Ease Physical Pain

Jul 26, 2017

A Utah-based study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine this month shows that mental treatment for physical pain may be more effective than we believe. Conducted by the University of Utah’s Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, the study found significant reductions in pain using mindfulness or hypnotic interventions.

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Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is calling President Donald Trump's review of two dozen national monuments highly problematic and out of step with what Americans want.

Jewell said Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show that Trump is treating national parks like contestants on a game show when he should be respecting measured decisions made by past presidents.

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As technology and procedures that protect businesses advance, people trying to scam your business are not far behind. Experts are trying to educate business owners about protecting themselves from fraud.

Center for Western Priorities

In an effort to drum up support for the 27 western monuments being reviewed by Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation organization based in Colorado, stopped by 6 states throughout the West including Montana, Arizona and California.

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Colorado will contribute $1.7 million to help relocate the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show from Salt Lake City to Denver.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission this week approved the award, contingent on three outdoor retail conventions being held in Denver annually for five years.

U.S. Panel Lifts Ban On Slaughtering Horses For Meat

Jul 20, 2017
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Last week, a U.S. House panel voted to lift the ban on slaughtering horses at meat processing plants. In 2007, funding was removed for USDA inspectors at meat processing plants with horse meat. 

Katherine Taylor

On a Wednesday morning, Garff Wayside Gardens is a quiet, peaceful park, where you can hear water in the nearby stream and the traffic of 100 East as it passes. For at least the time being, the park will stay as it is. 

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Over 200 pages long, Utah’s 50-year water strategy -- presented to the Governor on Wednesday -- aims to direct Utah business and government leaders on water management for the foreseeable future.

Noted as one of the most daunting challenges facing the state, Governor Gary Herbert addressed two certainties during the water strategy presentation.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has accepted a Water Strategy Advisory Team Report outlining recommendations for infrastructure, legal and policy needs to help meet future water demands.

Four years ago the governor asked a 41-member committee of volunteers to review current water resources and project water needs for the state.

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A federal judge has struck down the “agriculture operation interference” law which was approved in 2012 by the Utah legislature. What is also known as the “ag-gag” law, prohibited lying to gain access to a livestock operation. The law also required permission from the property owner for anyone who wanted to film. Legal experts are looking at ways for those in the agriculture industry and animal rights activists to find a compromise.

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