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A quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "The time is always right to do waht is right," whose legacy was honored by Westminster College's annual march.
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Students and community members marched in Salt Lake City during a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."

Westminster College's annual march brought together students, families and members of the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter group.

Clyde Companies, teaming up with Blue Diamond Capital and Merrill Trust Group of Atlanta, have their eyes on a 3,300-acre community in St. George.
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Developers in southern Utah have unveiled plans for a master-planned community along the Arizona line they say would be one of the largest ever built in the state.

The 3,350-acre Desert Color development would be made up of four main land-use districts with housing, shopping, schools, parks, hiking trails and artificial lakes on the southern edge of St. George just east of U.S. Interstate 15.

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A 93-year-old former heart surgeon with three decades of experience with the Mormon church's top leadership panel has been officially named the faith's president.

Information for the upcoming 2018 Silicon Slopes Tech Summit
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Organizers of a Utah technology summit say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has agreed to speak at next week's event in Salt Lake City.

The former presidential candidate who is expected to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Utah next year is scheduled to speak at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit next Friday.

Logo for the Tour of Utah cycling race
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The 2018 Tour of Utah pro cycling race will start in St. George and end in Park City.

The race's managing director John Kimball says the St. George start is the tour's southernmost beginning point in its 14-year history.

Photograph of Thomas S. Monson presented at his viewing.
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Thousands of Mormons are paying respects to their deceased president and prophet during a public viewing in Salt Lake City that comes a day before the funeral.

Church officials said 10,000 people had come to the viewing by mid-afternoon Thursday to honor Thomas S. Monson, who died Jan. 2 at age 90. He was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 10 years.

Welcome sign for Kearns, Utah, where a woman was killed by a school bus.
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A 37-year-old Utah woman has been hit and killed by a school bus southwest of Salt Lake City.

Police have identified the victim of Thursday morning's accident as Becky Bell of Kearns.

Logo for the Native American Rights Fund, who is fighting for voting rights for Indian Country.
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Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Native Americans say they've encountered a wide range of obstacles that makes voting difficult.

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, which is potentially a hotspot for new Amazon headquarters.
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Utah officials trying to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters in the state decided the site of an aging prison in Draper would be the best spot to pitch for the project.

That's according to emails released by the city of West Jordan under a public records request.

Bingham Junction's new park in Midvale, Utah.
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U.S. census figures show a suburban Salt Lake City area formerly known for smoking smelters that contaminated the ground has become one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the state.

The former Superfund site is home to sparkling apartments, entertainment options and offices — just two years after federal regulators removed the site from its list of toxic areas. The site, now called Bingham Junction, had been contaminated with arsenic and lead. But those days are gone.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A
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Health officials in Utah say people who visited two restaurants in Spanish Fork last month may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Salt Lake County Health Department says customers who used the restroom or ate at either Sonic Drive-In or Olive Garden in late December should contact the agency to determine their risk and possibly get a vaccine.

This is the second hepatitis-related alert issued by health officials in the state this week.

Hepatitis A is an extremely contagious liver disease. It can be spread through contaminated food and water or sexual contact.

Greg Hughes, Utah House Speaker, won't seek re-election.
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The chief of staff for Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes says he won't be running for re-election this year.

Greg Hartley says the speaker announced his decision to fellow state lawmakers Wednesday morning. He says Hughes will continue in his leadership role through the 2018 legislative session that will begin this month, and is planning to push hard on big issues.

Mitt Romney, prospective candidate for Orrin Hatch's Republican Senate seat, was treated for prostate cancer.
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The Republican presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, was treated for prostate cancer last year.

That's according to a Romney aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to discuss a sensitive health issue publicly.

The aide said Monday that Romney was diagnosed with "slow-growing prostate cancer" last year. The cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate, the aide said.

Prairie dogs inhabiting southern Utah.  The supreme court won't hear a suit over prairie dog protections.
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The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Utah property owners challenging endangered-species protections for prairie dogs, but the plaintiffs say the case has nevertheless made a mark as the Trump administration moves to loosen the contested rules.

Lawyers for the Cedar City residents say their lawsuit was a key driver of the new federal plan that would make it easier to remove or kill prairie dogs that they said were overrunning their town.

Dense fog in Utah was responsible for canceling dozens of flights in Salt Lake City, and impairing drivers by reducing visiblity to less than a quarter-mile.
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A dense fog blanketing the Salt Lake City area has forced the cancellation of dozens of flights into and out of the airport.

Airport officials say 30 outbound and 25 inbound flights were canceled on Sunday after the heavy fog settled over a wide swath of northern Utah. Nearly two dozen more flights were diverted to other states, including airports in Las Vegas, Idaho and Colorado.

Authorities are telling fliers to check with their airlines as several Monday flights have also been canceled.

Affordable housing is a resource our population desperately needs, and Utah Lawmakers are trying to find ways to make it possible.
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Utah state lawmakers are considering options to push cities to create more zoning for multifamily housing to help alleviate the statewide problem of lack of affordable housing.

Charging fees to cities who don't have enough affordable housing is among the ideas.

If people don't make enough money to afford a home and other necessities, they become at risk of homelessness, increasing the burden on a network of nonprofit and public groups hoping to get people off the streets. But by all accounts, there is far more need than the safety net can handle.

An Object that could be a small plane has been spotted in the Greak Salt Lake.
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Authorities in northwestern Utah say they've found an object in the Great Salt Lake that could be a small plane that's been missing since late last month.

A Cessna with two people aboard didn't return to the Ogden airport after a short sightseeing trip on Dec. 29.

Box Elder County Sheriff's officials spotted an object Saturday that could possibly be an aircraft.

A sheriff's scuba team and Weber County Sheriff's personnel planned to take a closer look at the object Sunday, depending on weather conditions.

Colorado River, a key water source in the western united states, is expected to flow at only half of it's average volume.
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The first forecast of the year for Colorado River water supplies is a bleak one.

The river that serves as a key source of water for seven states including California, Colorado, Utah and Nevada is expected to flow at only about 54 percent of its average volume during the key runoff period from April to July.

The National Weather Service's Colorado Basin River Forecast Center in Salt Lake City released a report Wednesday showing December snow totals as low as 20 percent of average in some areas.

Trump speaks with Mitt Romney as he weighs senate bid to replace Orrin Hatch.
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The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has expressed interest in running for Senate in Utah.

The two men spoke briefly Thursday night. The White House says they spoke about Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after four decades. Hatch's departure opens the door for Romney, who has been a frequent critic of Trump in the past.

Russel M. Nelson, 93, is the next Mormon President after the death of Thomas S. Monson.
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The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion's leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won't make any major changes.

Russell M. Nelson is likely to be formally named to the post in the coming days under longstanding church protocol designed to ensure a smooth handover by giving the post to the longest-tenured member of the governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Trump's life, after anouncing the shrinkage of two national Monuments while in Salt Lake City, was threatened by 33-year-old Travis Luke Dominguez.
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A U.S. grand jury has charged a Utah man with threatening to kill President Donald Trump during his visit last month to announce changes to two national monuments.

An indictment released Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Utah alleges that 33-year-old Travis Luke Dominguez submitted messages to a police tip line threatening to kill the president and to harm police officers if they tried to intervene.

Medical marijuana may have a place in Utah, after all.  Gov. Gary Herbert signed off on research into medical risks and benefits of medical marijuana.
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he thinks medical marijuana will be legalized someday.

The governor was responding to a question from a ninth-grade student on Wednesday when he said Utah will likely legalize medical pot — if there is appropriate research and scientific evidence to back it up.

Fromer Republican presidental nominee Mitt Romney eyes political resurgence as a Utah Senator.
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Mitt Romney is considering a new career in Congress.

Those who know the 70-year-old former Republican presidential nominee best expect him to announce plans to seek a suddenly vacant Utah Senate seat. Incumbent Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election this fall.

Between checkpoints and street cars, Utah Highway Patrol reports less arrests during the hoiday weekend than anticipated.
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Utah Highway Patrol says the number of arrests related to drunken driving dropped during the weekend before New Year's Day compared to the year before.

State police made 45 arrests for driving under the influence on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

First Female Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini Retires After 20 Years In The Job
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The first female mayor of a Salt Lake City suburb is retiring after 20 years in the job and more than three decades of holding public office.

JoAnn Seghini packed up her office at the Midvale City Hall last week, bringing to an end her lengthy run as mayor.

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