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Zion National Park reported record number of visitors in 2017.
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Both Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks have reported a record number of visitors for 2017.

Zion National Park saw more than 4.5 million visitors last year, which is up 5 percent from 2016. While Bryce Canyon National Park recorded 2.6 million visitors — a 9-percent increase.

Samuel Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp have been arrested on various charges after a raid on their compound.
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A Utah man from an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday has been charged with sodomy on a child and other counts.Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 34-year-old Samuel Shaffer, one of two men accused of sexually abusing girls they considered wives. He was also charged with child lewdness and obstruction of justice.

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Salt Lake City was ranked seventh in the nation for being the best metropolitan area for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, according to a WalletHub study. The report ranks 100 of the largest metro areas in the nation on their suitability for STEM professionals and includes over a dozen metrics which range from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM jobs.

Sexual assault evidence collection kit can now be tracked via website
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Utah officials say a new federal grant will allow the state to offer more resources to victims waiting as their sexual assault kits are going through the testing process.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Coordinator Krystal Hazlett said Tuesday that Utah's Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice received $2.2 million grant in October.

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.

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.

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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 90-year-old female whose body was found on Wednesday buried under a large amount of coal in her home’s coal bin in Panguitch.

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.

Two People In Custody After High-Speed Chase On I-70

Jan 11, 2018
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It began as police in Salina attempted to pull over a car on I-70. But the car didn’t stop and instead lead police on a high-speed chase.

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.

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The sound of carillon bells welcomed students back to Southern Utah University after the holiday break.  

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Student budgets are often a juggle between want and necessity. For many, food spending declines as textbook purchases and extra-curricular spending rises. 

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.

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Emergency managers in Iron County have made it easier for people to reach help in case of emergency when visiting two of southern Utah’s more popular, but unconnected areas.

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.

The potential for avalanches increases significantly with the lack of snow in our mountains, putting backcountry skiiers at risk
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Utah avalanche experts are warning backcountry skiers to be extra cautious due to a thin early season snowpack that is the lowest in four decades.

A weather gauge near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City shows that fewer than 50 inches of snow had fallen by Jan. 1. That's the lowest total for that date since 1977.

Drew Hardesty, a forecaster with the U.S. Forest Service's Utah Avalanche Center, says the thin early season snow can quickly become weak, sugary-like snow that breaks.

Interstate 70 west of Green River, Utah, where a bus crashed, injuring 12
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Authorities have identified a girl killed in a rural Utah bus crash as a 13-year-old from California.

The Utah Highway Patrol said in a statement Monday that 13-year-old Summer Pinzon of Azusa was traveling on the bus with her mother when it crashed Sunday night off Interstate 70 west of Green River, Utah.

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