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On Saturday, April 21, visitors will be able to attend any national park site in the United States free of charge. Dinosaur National Monument is one of the many areas in Utah the public will be able to enjoy at no cost.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
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A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah prairie dogs are given looser protections.
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Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are loosening contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs in a plan that's worrying for animal advocates but cheered by people in southern Utah who said their town was overrun.

The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan makes it easier to develop private land, even it means prairie dogs are removed or killed.

A state audit of a southwestern Utah county's sheriff's office has uncovered poor oversight and occasional misuse of government equipment.

The auditor's report released on Tuesday said that the Washington County Sheriff's Office kept poor records about $124,000 in donated funds and didn't have proper safeguards to ensure that gift cards and other expenses weren't being abused. At least one official also used county equipment for their personal use.

Different LGBTQ identities.
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A new Utah Department of Health survey has found that lesbian, gay and bisexual Utah residents are more frequently victims of sexual violence than heterosexual people.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 10,000 Utah adults took the survey in 2016, answering questions such as whether they had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them.

Utah Ranks Fourth In Nation For Financial Literacy

Apr 11, 2018
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April is National Financial Literacy Month. In a recent report released by WalletHub, Utah ranked fourth in the nation for financial literacy.

The organization assessed the financial literacy of individuals with questions on topics like interest, stocks and investing. The report also analyzed financial education and consumer habits.  

New yoga series to take place in Utah's state parks
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The Utah Department of Natural Resources announced a new outdoor yoga series taking place in nine different state parks. Organizers hope the experience of practicing yoga in the outdoors will help participants feel more connected to nature.

Matilyn Mortensen

A yearlong program offered through Brigham Young University Pathway-Worldwide is designed to help students transition more successfully into a higher-education setting.

Navajo Nation.
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A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

Attorneys for both parties argued before Judge Carol Perry on Monday on why the cases should or should not continue in tribal courts.

A Hurricane woman has been sentenced to prison for her part in the kidnapping and killing of a southern Utah man.

The Spectrum reports prosecutors say Tammy Freeman was a co-conspirator in a plot to "get rid" of David Heisler of Santa Clara after he gained custody of a daughter he shared with his ex-girlfriend.

A northern Utah teenager who was shot by two Smithfield boys and left to die in a canal is representing crime victims during Utah's National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. Shooting victim Deserae Turner was featured during Sunday events, along with Utah Governor Gary Herbert who read and signed a proclamation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2018.

Those injured in the multi-vehicle crash were life-flighted to hospitals.
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Law enforcement authorities in a suburban Salt Lake City community say a baby was killed and six people, including a toddler, were injured in a crash involving multiple vehicles.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera says the crash happened around 7 p.m. Monday in Herriman. She says a truck struck two vehicles at an intersection, including a minivan carrying the children.

The Mormon Priesthood serving sacrament, including colored patrons.
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The Mormon church says it will celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion's lay priesthood.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Monday night that the celebration will take place June 1 in Salt Lake City.

Marijuana shop near Utah border worries Utah officials.
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Utah officials are wary after the first marijuana shop opened in the tiny town of Dinosaur, Colorado, just a few miles from the state line.

The Deseret News reports Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Todd Royce reminds residents of Utah, where recreational marijuana remains illegal, will still be charged and prosecuted if they bring the substance into Utah or consume it in the state.

A single-engine airplane, similar to the one that caught fire in Spanish Fork.
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Police say a small plane was destroyed after it caught on fire while it was inside a hanger at a Spanish Fork airport.

Spanish Fork Police Lt. Brandon Anderson says the single-engine plane caught fire in a hanger at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport late Saturday.

Utah farmer fights to keep his farm from being turned into a soccer field.
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A fourth-generation farmer is fighting to save his farmland from city officials in Farmington who want to buy 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers) to make new soccer fields.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Alan Bangerter contends there are other parcels where soccer fields could be placed without harming "a productive farm" and is seeking to save his property as an Utah Agricultural Protection Area.

When your first child is born there is enough to worry about, and it's even worse if your baby has health problems.
Bronson Teichert

Electrical engineer Nathan Ruben is on the carpet playing cars with his nine-year-old son Hyrum. Nathan and his wife Sarah have three other healthy children, but when Hyrum was first born he came too early.

Leslie Forero

One-hundred-and-fifty bright orange bikes have sprung up on the Utah State University campus in Logan. A coalition between USU’s Aggie Blue Bikes, the city of Logan, local bike shop Joyride and company Spin partnered to bring the bikeshares to USU on a provisional basis.

Mormon Church is being sued for sexual assault.
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A woman suing the Mormon church alleging she was raped by a former Mormon leader in the 1980s says she's seeking justice and wants the church to change how it handles sexual abuse reporting.

McKenna Denson said Thursday at a news conference in Salt Lake City that she was singled out, groomed and raped in 1984 by Joseph L. Bishop at the religion's Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

Crushed methamphetamine.
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Public documents show a fired evidence-room technician acknowledged using methamphetamine seized in Weber County Sheriff's Office investigations.

The Standard-Examiner reports that the former tech was fired Jan. 8, 2018, after her supervisor found her to be impaired multiple times. Police say they're investigating possible criminal charges against the woman.

USU President Noelle Cockett discussing results of an independent investigation of the school's Piano Program
Dani Hayes

In light of multiple social media claims of sexual assault and discrimination in a university music program, officials from Utah State University hired an outside organization to investigate. 

Talon Sessions
Lincoln County (WY) Sheriff's Office

A fugitive out of Wyoming is in custody in Iron County, Utah after a puzzling crime spree that started at a Cedar City high school. Surveillance video shows a white male breaking into the unoccupied school late Wednesday night, firing a handgun and vandalizing the school. 

Provo Missionary Training Center.
mormonnewsroom.org

A woman who recently accused a former Mormon missionary training center director of raping her in the 1980s and the church of failing to take her allegations seriously has sued them.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the woman repeats her allegation that Joseph L. Bishop sexually assaulted her in 1984 when he was president of the religion's Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

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