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Zion National Park Trail
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Authorities say several popular trails at Zion National Park have been closed indefinitely by damage due to flash flooding.

Park rangers said Thursday the trail closures at the red-rock park include Angels Landing, Kayenta and Upper Emerald Pools.

Large families in Utah will be protected from federal tax reform.
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Utah lawmakers have approved a tax change they say will help protect large families who might otherwise be adversely impacted by federal tax reform.

Supporters said the $30 million tax credit approved during a special Legislative session Wednesday would not entirely make up for the recent federal changes but would eliminate roughly 45 percent of the burden.

Pond in Salem, Utah where scout leader died saving boy scout.
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Police have identified a Boy Scout leader who drowned after saving a boy struggling in a Utah pond.

Salem police said Thursday that 22-year-old Wesley Robert Kratzer of Orem, Utah, disappeared underwater after pushing one of his young charges to safety on Wednesday night.

A northern Utah woman has admitted she made up a story about being sexually assaulted by a door-to-door salesman.

South Jordan police say the woman confessed she fabricated the story about an attack over the weekend after investigators determined that surveillance video showed no one visited her home during the time she had claimed.

United Utah Party logo
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Utah's centrist United Utah Party has nominated a senior Mormon missionary center leader in a race for U.S. Congress.

The third party nominated Tim Zeidner Tuesday evening to replace Melanie McCoard, its former nominee for Utah's 3rd Congressional District who the party says dropped out due to health reasons.

Utah Legislature
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Utah lawmakers will meet for a special session to force some online companies to collect sales tax and make changes to a planned shipping hub in Salt Lake City.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert called lawmakers back into session Wednesday after completing negotiations with lawmakers and members of the Salt Lake City Council on the contentious trade facility.

Sandy, Utah Town Hall
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Police say a car with a sticker of a Utah online gun marketplace was found vandalized after a Sandy town hall on gun reform.

The car owner reported to police Saturday night that someone had scratched lines and a vulgar word into the paint on the side of his vehicle.

Utah's federal court.
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  A former U.S. intelligence officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to sell secrets to China.

Ron Rockwell Hansen entered his plea in a federal court in his home state of Utah on Friday.

Sundance Film Festival
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An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year.

The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 percent over the estimated 71,600 attendees in 2017.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called the Legislature into a special session to approve revisions for a planned massive shipping hub in Salt Lake City that has drawn the ire of the capital city's mayor, he said Monday.

Lawmakers are scheduled to meet to vote on the plan, which Herbert called a "win-win," Wednesday.

A Utah man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a corrections officer and threatening to kill two men he accused of being in the country illegally.

Police said 41-year-old Jerred Martin Loftus and three other men approached a pair of men on a trail outside of Provo Sunday and got into a heated argument.

During the argument, Loftus allegedly said he was a corrections officer who had a gun.

One of the men said Loftus threatened to kill them and bury their bodies in the woods.

Police in Utah say a vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash that killed an 88-year-old motorist began with a traffic stop for a revoked registration.

American Fork police Sgt. Josh Christensen said Monday that 21-year-old Trevor Pitcher feared police would impound his pickup truck and tried to elude officers before running a red light, causing the Friday crash that killed Hal Gadd.

Police say Gadd's wife was hospitalized with serious internal injuries. Her name was not released.

Authorities in Utah are considering demolishing an old iron bridge popular for illicit dives after a teenage boy died when he jumped into the water.

Officials say that despite "no trespassing" signs posted on the bridge in Lehi, people have been flocking to it for years to jump into the Jordan River below. One of those trips took a deadly turn the night of July 8, when 16-year-old Cole Merrill of Alpine did a backflip off the bridge's railing.

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More than half of all search warrants approved by Utah judges in the last year received less than three minutes of consideration, according to state data.

Civil liberties advocates and defense attorneys say this is cause for concern and note that judges may not be carefully reviewing the information before signing off on the warrants.

Survivors of the Florida high school shooting massacre were part of a gun reform town hall in Utah addressing school safety and gun laws.

Students from the Parkland, Florida, school where 17 people were shot dead in February held a 90-minute panel discussion Saturday night at a packed Mountain America Expo Center in Salt Lake City. Among those in attendance was Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

The panel included Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors, Utah high school students and other activists on the "Road to Change" tour.

Highway near Tooele, Utah.
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  A truck carrying radioactive dirt has caught fire in Utah.

The North Tooele Fire District said the fire was extinguished Thursday morning and did not damage containers holding 82,000 pounds (37,195 kilograms) of radioactive waste or pose a threat to the public.

Salt Lake City Interstate
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The maximum toll rate for Interstate 15 express lanes is being doubled to ease commuter crowding around Salt Lake City.

The Utah Department of Transportation says the new rate begins Saturday.

Bonneville cutthroat trout.
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Wildlife officials are moving hundreds of local fish to a hatchery to rescue them from a southern Utah wildfire they worry could destroy a native fishery.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said sediment spewed by the fire could flush into a restored fishery for Bonneville cutthroat trout and make it uninhabitable for two years.

Utah Supreme Court
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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Utah couple accused of taunting their malnourished 3-year-old daughter with food before she died.

The state filed the notice Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile.

People enjoy the sharks at Utah's Living Planet Aquarium.
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Utah police are searching for the owner of a loaded gun left behind on a baby changing table in a women's restroom at a suburban Salt Lake City aquarium.

Authorities said Tuesday they don't plan to file criminal charges against the gun's owner. Draper Police Lt. Chad Carpenter says they want to find out how the .380-caliber pistol was left behind and return it.

Utah Wildfires
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At least 74 homes have been destroyed and six more damaged in a Utah wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes.

The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the fire in a mountain area near a popular fishing reservoir also damaged or destroyed 131 camp trailers and 158 sheds or agricultural buildings.

Derek Kitchen
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Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen has been declared the winner of his Democratic primary race for a Utah Senate seat representing one of the state's rare left-leaning districts.

The Salt Lake County Clerk released final results Tuesday showing 29-year-old Kitchen won the race by 5 percentage points over physician Jennifer Plumb.

First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT
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A Honduran woman who has been taking sanctuary with her two daughters in a Utah church for the past six months is vowing to keep fighting for asylum.

Vicky Chavez told reporters Monday night that she hopes to be a voice for other women who are victims of domestic violence. She fled Honduras four years ago out of fear of an abusive boyfriend.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Many Salt Lake County government services are being suspended due to broken air conditioning in its central offices.

Spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said temperatures in some offices were as high as 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) Monday because of a heat wave sweeping the region.

Utah Bull Moose
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A moose has been released into the Utah wildness after spending several hours wandering around the University of Utah campus.

University library spokeswoman Heidi Brett said the moose ate shrubs and meandered around a plaza adjacent to the library early Monday morning.

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