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Sandy, Utah Town Hall
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Police say a car with a sticker of a Utah online gun marketplace was found vandalized after a Sandy town hall on gun reform.

The car owner reported to police Saturday night that someone had scratched lines and a vulgar word into the paint on the side of his vehicle.

Sundance Film Festival
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An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year.

The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 percent over the estimated 71,600 attendees in 2017.

Tour of Utah Race;The Tour of Utah Race will begin August 6th and bring racers from around the world.
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As teams from around the world participate in the Tour de France, Utah prepares for its own international bike race. Five international teams currently racing in France, and 17 teams in total, will come to Utah in August to compete in the Tour of Utah.

Highway near Tooele, Utah.
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  A truck carrying radioactive dirt has caught fire in Utah.

The North Tooele Fire District said the fire was extinguished Thursday morning and did not damage containers holding 82,000 pounds (37,195 kilograms) of radioactive waste or pose a threat to the public.

Salt Lake City Interstate
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The maximum toll rate for Interstate 15 express lanes is being doubled to ease commuter crowding around Salt Lake City.

The Utah Department of Transportation says the new rate begins Saturday.

Bonneville cutthroat trout.
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Wildlife officials are moving hundreds of local fish to a hatchery to rescue them from a southern Utah wildfire they worry could destroy a native fishery.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said sediment spewed by the fire could flush into a restored fishery for Bonneville cutthroat trout and make it uninhabitable for two years.

Utah Supreme Court
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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Utah couple accused of taunting their malnourished 3-year-old daughter with food before she died.

The state filed the notice Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile.

People enjoy the sharks at Utah's Living Planet Aquarium.
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Utah police are searching for the owner of a loaded gun left behind on a baby changing table in a women's restroom at a suburban Salt Lake City aquarium.

Authorities said Tuesday they don't plan to file criminal charges against the gun's owner. Draper Police Lt. Chad Carpenter says they want to find out how the .380-caliber pistol was left behind and return it.

Logan City Visioning Meeting; Developers from Cowboy Partners stand in front of a list of ideas for future developments on Logan's central block.
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The Logan city council chambers were full of attendees during a visioning meeting Tuesday evening. Residents were invited to share what kind of a project they wanted to replace the currently empty Emporium property located across the street from the Tabernacle in downtown Logan.

Utah Wildfires
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At least 74 homes have been destroyed and six more damaged in a Utah wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes.

The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the fire in a mountain area near a popular fishing reservoir also damaged or destroyed 131 camp trailers and 158 sheds or agricultural buildings.

Derek Kitchen
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Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen has been declared the winner of his Democratic primary race for a Utah Senate seat representing one of the state's rare left-leaning districts.

The Salt Lake County Clerk released final results Tuesday showing 29-year-old Kitchen won the race by 5 percentage points over physician Jennifer Plumb.

First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT
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A Honduran woman who has been taking sanctuary with her two daughters in a Utah church for the past six months is vowing to keep fighting for asylum.

Vicky Chavez told reporters Monday night that she hopes to be a voice for other women who are victims of domestic violence. She fled Honduras four years ago out of fear of an abusive boyfriend.

Westminster College

Dale and Sheri Holt recently donated their home to Westminster College. The historic building will be used to host gatherings and to house future university presidents.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Many Salt Lake County government services are being suspended due to broken air conditioning in its central offices.

Spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said temperatures in some offices were as high as 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) Monday because of a heat wave sweeping the region.

Baby born in back of car back home safe and healthy.
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A baby born on a northern Utah roadside is home and settling into a routine after her unusual arrival.

Jaclyne Crookston was on her way to the hospital with her husband when she realized her baby was coming — ready or not.

Blue Lake, Utah
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Law enforcement authorities say a 10-year-old boy died while scuba diving with his father in northwest Utah.

Tooele County sheriff's office Lt. Ron Johnson says the boy died Wednesday. He had been at the 60-foot-deep Blue Lake with his father, who is a certified scuba diver.

Wildfire blazes near Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.
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  A growing Utah wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir has forced the closure of U.S. Highway 40.

High winds, heat and very dry conditions are fueling the fire near Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Officials say it has burned 66 square miles (171 square kilometers) and destroyed about 30 structures.

Bears Ears National Monument; Southern utah
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One environmental organization is challenging what it says is a "culture of secrecy" created under Secretary Ryan Zinke in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The organization, Earthjustice, has requested documents related to decisions about allowed uses in Utah’s Bear Ears and surrounding areas.

BYU Campus in Provo, Utah
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An LGBTQA+ group at the Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University is trying to get recognition from the school but hasn't had its application approved for three years.

Members of the Understanding Same Gender Attraction group said they feel like they've been strung along by school administrators.

Wildfires blaze in several spots across Utah.
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A Utah wildfire has ballooned closer to a popular fishing reservoir forcing authorities to shut down high tension power lines and order evacuations for a campground and subdivisions neighborhoods of cabins and homes.

The fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir was fueled Wednesday by high winds, heat and very dry conditions.

Crews Work To Contain Dollar Ridge Fire In Eastern Utah

Jul 3, 2018
Wildfire Flames; the Dollar Ridge Fire is burning in eastern Utah.
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Crews are working to reach containment status for the Dollar Ridge Fire burning on the border of Wasatch and Duchesne counties. The area burned is estimated to be around 30,000 acres.

Utah County
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A federal judge is declaring that Utah's San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially gerrymandered.

Judge Robert Shelby declined Monday to reopen the case in response to concerns from Navajo residents in the state's southeast corner.

Wildfire causes evacuation of 300 houses.
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Authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 Utah homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands says high winds helped grow the fire to about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) by Monday evening.

Utah WIldfires
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Authorities have reopened a state highway in southwest Utah that had been closed due to threats from one of a half-dozen wildfires burning across the state.

Bureau of Land Management officials said Friday firefighters made good progress overnight on the Black Mountain Fire, which is now moving east of the small town of Minersville and State Highway 130.

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With Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, and his brother, Thomas, are mentioned as possible replacements. A Utah judge fines the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. And Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes steps down from his self-appointed position on the Inland Port Authority Board.  

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