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Box Elder Search For Missing Plane Scales Back

Jan 2, 2018

A search in Box Elder County in northwestern Utah for a missing light plane carrying two men has been scaled back. 

The county Sheriff's Office says the search for the missing red and white Cessna 172 began Friday night after 71-year-old Denny Mansell and 74-year-old Peter Ellis were reported missing. 

Guns and alcohol; supposedly a deadly combination, but according to Republican Rep. Norm Thurston, someone who has been drinking has the right to defend themselves wtih a firearm.
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A lawmaker who led Utah's adoption of the strictest DUI threshold in the country says he wants to change the law to allow someone to fire a gun in self-defense even if their blood alcohol level is above the new 0.05 limit.

Republican Rep. Norm Thurston says even if someone's been drinking, they have a right to defend themselves.

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Authorities say a northern Utah man was swindled out of $30,000 after allowing a scammer to access his computer remotely.

An individual claiming to represent a computer company called the 88-year-old man last week, saying the Oakley resident was owed a refund.

Ephraim, Utah police officer files whistleblower lawsuit
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A former police officer in a small Utah town who resigned in protest after alleging misconduct by the chief has filed a federal whistleblower complaint.Darren Pead's lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the city of Ephraim and manager Brant Hanson.

Anheuser-Busch Company warns Utah that it will cut its weaker beer supply to Utah by 40%
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One of the world's biggest brewing companies says it may stop creating weak beer that can be sold at Utah grocery and convenience stores where stronger beer, wine and liquor sales are forbidden.Anheuser-Busch warned Utah beer wholesalers in a letter this month that it may reduce 40 percent of the low-alcohol beer it offers in Utah.

Former Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt pushing for Premarital Education bill
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Former Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt is working to revive a legislative proposal that would take $20 off the cost of getting a marriage license for couples who take a premarital course covering topics like problem-solving and commitment.Similar legislation failed to make it through the state Senate last year over concerns on local implementation and curriculum exemptions for religious organizations.

San Juan County, Utah, highlighted in red on a Utah state map
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A federal judge is approving new county election districts in southeastern Utah after finding the boundaries discriminated against American Indians who make up roughly half the population. The new San Juan County voting districts are designed to give native residents an equal voice in local races, but commissioner Phil Lyman said Friday they are unfair and the county plans to appeal.

A small Utah town will burn a dancing bears sculpture for an annual celebration of the winter solstice and to honor the former Bears Ears National Monument.

Bluff residents and friends Thursday night will burn the 15-foot-high effigy created by local artist Joe Pachak. The sculpture, made of willows and branches, depicts a traditional Ute dance step.

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A federal judge in Las Vegas has declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others involved in a 2014 standoff with government agents.

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A teenager accused of encouraging a plot that left a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head has agreed to plea deal.

Seventeen-old Jayzon Decker faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempted aggravated murder and obstruction of justice.

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A Utah woman is behind bars but three other suspects remain at large following the theft of a police cruiser during a bizarre chain of events near the Idaho line.

The trouble began when a Tremonton police officer pulled over four people in a speeding vehicle north of Ogden at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old female driver ran and the officer caught her, but the other three suspects took off in the car. A Box Elder County deputy caught up with the 28-year-old female driver but the two passengers were gone.

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A committee studying the possibility of Salt Lake City making a bid to host another Winter Olympics says it would rather host the games in 2030, but would be ready if for some reason they're needed for 2026.

Committee co-chairman Fraser Bullock says they'd prefer to host the games after the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles to have a better opportunity to raise sponsorship dollars.

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A Utah judge is ordering 36 people to explain why they didn't show up for jury duty after their absences forced a mistrial last week in the case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Court officials say the absent jurors will be served summons to appear in court, and they could face fines or other penalties.

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The U.S. Department of Education has closed an investigation into whether Utah's Dixie State University mishandled a former student's sexual harassment complaint.

U.S. Department of Education press secretary Liz Hill confirmed in a statement Thursday that the Department's Office of Civil Rights closed its investigation into the school.

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring in Utah are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to some $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when 27-year-old Aaron Shamo was arrested a year ago.

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Brigham Young University has lifted security restrictions at its campus in Jerusalem a week after protests and violence erupted following President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The university on Wednesday removed travel restrictions that initially limited students and faculty at the Jerusalem Center from traveling into the Old City and the city's east side.

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Federal regulators are giving the go-ahead for environmental studies and public comment about a proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday formally accepted a state application submitted last year for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on legislators to continue tackling issues around Salt Lake City's homeless shelter and to start readying the state's Winter Olympics facilities to potentially host the games again.

Both are priorities in a $16.7 billion budget plan unveiled by the Republican governor on Wednesday in Kaysville at Davis Technical College, a location chosen to highlight the governor's focus on non-traditional colleges.

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Environmental groups are blasting a legislative proposal by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart that would create a small national park within the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

About 150 people rallied Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to make the point that the plan is a ruse to try and appease conservationists and open more land for mining and grazing.

Holiday Vending Machines In Salt Lake City Encourage Giving

Dec 11, 2017
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During December visitors to Temple Square can purchase items from vending machines that will then be donated to various state, national and global charities. Items range from food, to glasses, to goats.

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Turkeys are a cherished symbol at the holidays, but in the northern Utah city of Mendon, they're just a pest.

Residents report finding dozens of the birds in their yards, damaging grass and dropping waste.

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State education officials say Utah's high school graduation rate grew slightly this year, marking the fifth straight year of increases.

The State Board of Education said Monday that 40,100 students graduated this spring, putting the high school graduation rate at 86 percent.

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Brigham Young University has banned beards for most students and faculty since the 1960s, but attitudes and enforcement of the policy at the Mormon church-owned school have relaxed in recent years.

The school approved beards on campus in 2015 for Muslims, Sikhs and other students to honor their non-faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS.

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A heavy bell that was on the USS Utah when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the University of Utah.

The bell was placed inside the campus' Naval Science building on Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack.

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Salt Lake City Council has voted to provide funding for 50 new police officers.

The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set aside funding to hire 50 new police officers, as well as additional support staff in the crime lab and social work office.

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