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Infants Should Not Drink Fruit Juice, Study Says

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Fruit juice is a drink many parents may consider to be healthy for their infant, but it may not be as beneficial to their growth and development in the first year of life. Dr. Steve Abrams, a Fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-authored the study.

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Authorities say they are searching for the four people who are suspected of stealing an 800-pound bronze statue depicting two Mormon leaders.

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Mormon officials say 89-year-old church president Thomas S. Monson is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age.

Optimism High For Utah Small Businesses

May 24, 2017
Utahbusiness.com

According to a new study, small business owners in Utah should be happy with what the future holds. The study shows that for every one pessimistic business owner here, there are thirteen who are optimistic.

Summer Reading Programs Help Utah Students

May 23, 2017

Libraries throughout Utah are preparing summer reading programs to help students stay connected. Depending on where you live, programs often include more than just reading books. Some programs may also incorporate technology and the use of art to educate and entertain.

Melinda Barlow, a librarian at the Uintah County Library in Vernal, wants to see the children in her community reading throughout the summer.

Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson, better known as "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," is a household name to many, especially those with young children. He’s the host of the PBS show Dinosaur Train, president and CEO of Science World British Columbia, and an enthusiastic scientist with a passion to inspire kids to get out into nature.

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The director of the nonprofit that's leading homeless-reform in Utah's Salt Lake County has announced where its new shelter for men will be located.

A shelter for single men will be built in South Salt Lake. Two additional shelters will be built in Salt Lake City: one for women only and the other for single men and single women.

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Going against the national trend, gasoline prices in Salt Lake City are declining.

The average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area has decreased more than 2 cents in the past week, to an average of $2.33. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets in Salt Lake City.

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Utah prison officials are scrambling to reform the state's sex-offender treatment program after an audit found serious flaws in the system that treats nearly a third of the state's prison population.

Authorities told lawmakers they're developing new targeted programs and offering treatment more days a week.

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The mountain ski town of Park City recently became the first Utah city to ban plastic bags.

The Park City council voted unanimously last week to enact the ban.

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The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, commended the Salt Lake City School District for offering yoga in some of its schools, as he says is s a step in a positive direction.

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Utah State University will pay $172,500 to settle a lawsuit filed after a college student was killed when he hit a "slack line" rope tied between two trees while riding his bike.

Documents released by the university detail the settlement reached in the death of 24-year-old Eric Anderson, who died after hitting the balancing rope placed by other students in August 2013.

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A Utah high school has a new website after its former site was held for ransom.

The new owners of Tooele High School's website asked the district for $9,800 to buy back the domain.

Kathy Sherman, a teacher of 26 years at Ellis Elementary School, will be accepting the Teachers in Excellence award on Friday after starting a summer school program for kids.

Utah 'Amateur' Astronomer Discovers Third Supernova

May 19, 2017
Sergiy Vakulenko

Scanning the skies from his Tooele home is a nightly hobby of  Patrick Wiggins’. Most of the time, he said, the activity consists mostly of scanning through anywhere from 600 to 1200 pictures of 300 galaxies each night.

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Nearly 3,300 service volunteers in Utah will be recognized this week for their service to communities across the state.

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A Utah town's leaders are hoping they can limit the number of people hiking to a nearby scenic canyon.

Kanarraville leaders fear recreational traffic will degrade the town's drinking water.

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A Utah lawmaker is gearing up to run a bill that could require colleges give amnesty to sexual assault victims for conduct code violations related to alcohol and drugs and allow school officials to report serious assaults to police.

But a sexual assault survivor and an advocacy group are pushing back against the measure, saying it wouldn't stop schools from investigating many sexual assault victims.

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will resign from Congress on June 30, raising questions about the probe of President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

The Republican said in a letter Thursday to his constituents that he and his wife have agreed "the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life."

The storm that swept through Northern Utah Tuesday night had residents across the Wasatch Front scraping snow off their cars by the next morning -- and some of Northern Utah’s gardeners scraping snow and frost off their plants.

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A Utah man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in Wyoming one year after authorities say he and his father killed a Utah rail line worker while on the run from police following the kidnapping of a mother and her daughters.

The 23-year-old Dereck James "DJ" Harrison was sentenced Wednesday in a court in the small town of Kemmerer, Wyoming near the Utah state line.

Harrison pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder in the slaying of 63-year-old Kay Porter Ricks and avoided the death penalty.

Arizona Theater Company has named David Ivers as its new artistic director. Ivers worked as the artistic director with Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven years and is preparing now for his new position.

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Utah GOP chairman James Evans is up for re-election this weekend as his party's leader, but he's facing two challengers unhappy with the way he waged a legal battle with the state over a law changing how political parties nominate candidates.

Evans, Davis County GOP chair Rob Anderson and party Vice-Chair Phill Wright will face off at the party's annual convention Saturday.

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Utah officials have announced the launch of a new task force aimed at addressing opioid abuse in a state that has one of the highest rates of opioid-related deaths in the country.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday that the task force is meant to bring together all agencies working to combat this "opioid crisis," so that the effort is better coordinated.

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A former county treasurer in Utah has pleaded guilty to transferring thousands of dollars of county funds into her personal accounts.

Four felony counts of third-degree misusing public money have landed 53-year-old Georgia Baca in jail for 30 days as part of a 36-month probation sentence.

Baca had been the Kane County Treasurer when, between March 2014 and January 2016, she made 45 transfers of county money into four different personal accounts.

Baca stole about $33,600. She has been ordered by the court to pay $35,613 back to the county.

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