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Little Bloomsbury Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Logan, Utah which focuses on providing hope for people in trying times through music, literature, magic and storytelling. 

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In response to the Salt Lake County Recorder’s declining mental health, Utah state lawmakers are considering new procedures to remove local officials from office.

Gary Ott, Salt Lake County recorder, has received more and more attention over the year following long absences, incoherent news interviews and increased scrutiny by Salt Lake County officials.

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A report predicts an area between Salt Lake City and Provo could face major highway congestion, a lack of affordable housing options and an increase in poor air quality by 2050.

A planning group warned the Point of the Mountain Development Commission on Thursday that the area surrounding Utah's aging state prison would not draw in high-tech businesses and jobs if current trends, population growth and practices continue.

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The sweeping red-rock vistas at Utah's Zion National Park are increasingly filled with a bumper crop of visitors.

Now park managers are weighing an unusual step to manage the tide: Requiring tourists to make RSVPs to get in.

The selection of food and drink served at Logan Regional Hospital is pretty typical—entrees, chips, yogurt, granola, chocolate milk and juice. But some things are gradually disappearing.

Utah is on its way to becoming the second state in the nation to be granted no-kill status in regards to how shelters handle their cat and dog population. The Best Friends Animal Society has organized a coalition, made up of more than 50 shelters in the state, to reach this goal by 2019.

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U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington say they've taken down an illicit internet marketplace where a Park City teenager bought drugs responsible for a classmate's fatal overdose.

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The billionaire conservative Koch brothers and Utah's wealthy Eccles family are giving a combined $20 million to the University of Utah to create an economics and quantitative analysis institute.

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A polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border is appealing an overhaul of its government operations that was ordered in response to a verdict that found nonbelievers were denied police protection, building permits and water hookups on the basis of religion.

Why Sound is a live music venue and recording studio that caters to local musicians and bands in Cache Valley. The owner is currently working on producing the first record for musician Safari Joe. He's an older artist who plays music that fits in with a younger, more contemporary group of listeners. He suffers from a physical condition and relies on music as a form of therapy.

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Utah fire officials say many of the state's wildfires over the last two years have been sparked by people, but recouping firefighting costs that can run into the millions of dollars isn't easy.

The U.S. Forest Service has only been able to recover one-third of the $33 million in they've tried to recover since 2003 though civil actions in Utah.

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Salt Lake County councilwoman Jenny Wilson is running to challenge Orrin Hatch for his Senate seat next year.

The Democrat serving her second six-year term on the council said Monday that it's time for a change after Hatch's 40 years in office.

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The Celtics announced Friday that Hayward has signed his four-year, maximum deal. It comes 10 days after he chose Boston over Utah and Miami in free agency.

Hayward, who will earn about $128 million, was one of the top free agents available and joins a Celtics team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season.

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Federal prosecutors say a former nurse charged with infecting seven people with hepatitis C at an Ogden hospital is one of more than 400 people across the country accused in health care fraud and opioid scams.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah said Thursday that 50-year-old Elet Neilson spread the virus by stealing narcotic drugs and injecting herself before injecting patients.

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New billboards are going up this week in Salt Lake City that say not to give panhandlers money, but to instead give money to organizations that aid the homeless.

City officials and the Downtown Alliance business group launched a public awareness campaign Thursday aimed at curbing the begging practice that has become common in Utah's capital.

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One woman is dead and four other people are critically injured after a nighttime explosion on a houseboat along the Utah-Arizona border.

Authorities said Thursday that a generator exploded late Wednesday night as a large group of people were vacationing on a privately owned boat on Lake Powell.

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Several Utah lawmakers say they're offended by a national restaurant group's advertisement critical of Utah's new 0.05 percent blood alcohol limit.

The advertisement published Thursday includes photos of Gov. Gary Herbert and 11 lawmakers, all over age 65, with the headline reading "Too Impaired to Drive?"

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To achieve the goal of having a top performing education system in the nation, Gov. Gary Herbert said he will be taking part in helping the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, or UWHEN, to promote the need for women in higher education positions.

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A South Salt Lake apartment fire has displaced many low-income residents.

The fire broke out Sunday at a low-income apartment building. Officials say all residents were safely evacuated and one man was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

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Salt Lake City police say prosecutors have filed charges in five rape cases after the department submitted their backlog of over 700 sexual assault evidence kits for testing.

Three of the defendants identified by DNA are now incarcerated while the other two are believed to have left the U.S.

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A new museum honoring the history of a Japanese internment camp located in Central Utah opened on Saturday. 

Attendees of Topaz Museum’s grand opening were given a tour of the original internment campsite on their way to the museum. 

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A food pantry that recently opened to help veterans in Salt Lake City is already serving dozens of people a month.

The food pantry that opened in March at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves close to 100 veterans and their families every month.

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Medical services within the Cache County Jail are undergoing changes that will place the medical well-being of its inmates in the hands of a company specializing in correctional medical care.

The move has led to the resignation of existing medical staff and has raised claims that a contract service will eliminate around-the-clock care and put the safety and health care of inmates at risk.

West Nile Virus Tested Positive In Utah Mosquitoes

Jul 6, 2017
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Mosquito abatement centers across the state of Utah have been trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus throughout the months of June and July and officials said a pool of mosquitoes in Draper was the first to test positive.

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Denver will be the new home for the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show.

At a press conference with Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor, the director of the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Marisa Nicholson, announced Thursday that the show would be held in the Mile High City starting in 2018.

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