Utah News

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Utah will pay $349,000 to settle a lawsuit that overturned a law banning secret filming at farm and livestock facilities.

The settlement will cover the costs of attorneys and others fees for animal-rights groups that challenged the 2012 law.

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Health officials say at least 75 people are part of a large hepatitis A outbreak that began in May.

Many of the cases originated in Salt Lake County.

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A panel of Utah lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have required lobbyists to undergo annual anti-harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby at the state Capitol.

The proposal, which could still be considered and passed during the upcoming Legislative session, comes as waves of sexual harassment allegations have surfaced in governments and businesses around the country.

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The Utah Senate unanimously voted to confirm the nomination of the state's newest Supreme Court justice.

Third District Court Judge Paige Petersen will fill a vacancy created by Christine Durham's retirement, which will begin Thursday.

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Congress got its newest member when Republican John Curtis of Utah received the oath of office from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

His swearing in comes amid a full-court press by the GOP leadership to pass tax overhaul legislation by the end of the year.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says President Donald Trump is expected to significantly downsize two sprawling Utah national monuments.

Ron Dean, Hatch's Central and Eastern Utah Director, testified to Utah lawmakers during a public lands hearing Tuesday that he hasn't seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations for the monuments but he expects Bears Ears National Monument will be reduced by nearly 80 to 90 percent of its current size and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut down by about 40 to 60 percent.

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A Utah legislator is developing a proposal to move sex education out of the classroom and onto home computers via the internet.

Rep. Justin Fawson, a conservative Republican from North Ogden, says he's drafting a bill that would that would tailor the state's sex education curriculum to individual students.

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The Utah Department of Transportation will hold a public open house and accompanying public hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on proposed recommendations for highway improvements to the Valley View Highway.

The events will take place Wednesday at Logan City Hall.

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Residents of a small community near the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah have voted to become the state's newest town.

Bluff residents on Tuesday voted nearly 3-to-1 in favor of incorporating.

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Although results from the second Race for Results study show improvement since 2014 when the original study was conducted, there is still a discrepancy between the living situations of white and minority children in Utah. 

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A fifteen-year-old boy is in critical condition after being transported by medical helicopter from the scene of an auto-ATV collision Monday night west of Cedar City.

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The Cedar City Walmart several adjacent businesses were evacuated on a busy Sunday afternoon after several people overheard a person claim to have a bomb in their RV, parked in the store’s parking lot.

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State biologists have come up with a unique way to help local sage grouse populations.

Robbie Edgel works with the Watershed Restoration Initiative, which is part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

His newest project? Constructing what he calls beaver dam analogs.  

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Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering a plan Tuesday to build an aerial tram to carry visitors to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

The special session in Window Rock, Arizona, will be the first time the full Tribal Council takes up the bill. It needs 16 votes to pass.

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Police say an alert librarian called Salt Lake City police after spotting a man sought in the carjacking death of a University of Utah student and a homicide in Colorado.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Tuesday that 24-year-old Austin Boutain surrendered quietly after the librarian called security guards.

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Next month's municipal election in Hildale, Utah, could give the town its first mayor and City Council members who don't claim affiliation with a polygamous sect.

Donia Jessop is running for mayor after being nominated at an unofficial convention attended by mostly people who don't follow Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Utah's craft brewers are looking to hire someone to lead their guild and help lobby state regulators and legislators as they are expected to consider allowing beer with higher alcohol content to be sold in grocery stores.

The Utah Brewers Guild, which represents more than a dozen small breweries in the state, posted for a part-time executive director earlier this week. The brewers plan for the person in this position to look after their interests that often differ from those of the large brewers and retailers.

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A Utah man has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son two years after they disappeared.

Charging documents unsealed Monday say the bodies of 23-year-old Emily and Gabriel Almiron have never been found. Authorities believe her boyfriend killed them, wrapped their bodies in sheets and hid them somewhere.

USU Library Hosts Monthly Concert Series

Oct 30, 2017
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As flute and harp music begins to play in the Utah State University library, a small group of onlookers gather.

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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said President Donald Trump called on Friday to say he will approve a recommendation from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

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The NCAA and Brigham Young University say they're investigating whether a booster paid for Cougars guard Nick Emery to travel to concerts and an amusement park and gave him a new car to use.

BYU has released few details but said in statements Thursday that it contacted the NCAA after receiving some kind of information.

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District Attorney Sim Gill has decided a Salt Lake City police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man at a gas station in September.

Gill on Wednesday released video of 39-year-old Michael Bruce Peterson attacking Officer Gregory Lovell, prompting Lt. Andrew Oblad to shoot Peterson.

Proposed Land Swap For Logan Library Cancelled

Oct 25, 2017

On Tuesday, Logan Mayor Craig Petersen announced the cancellation of the land swap proposed in last week’s city council meeting.

Utah's Birthrate Among Highest In Nation

Oct 24, 2017
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A new report released this month focuses on how the drop of birth rates and the increase of retiring seniors is affecting the United States. Although the national birth rate is on a decline, Utah is maintaining a significantly higher birth rate than most other states.

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Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles has been fined $15,000 for hitting Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin.

Ingles appeared to strike the center from the side with his left hand while Adams was guarding Rudy Gobert in the third quarter. The Jazz defeated the Thunder 96-87 on Saturday.

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