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U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and his Democratic opponent clashed on medical marijuana, climate change, and the Republican's continued support for Donald Trump at a debate.

Doctor Peter Clemens challenged the seven-term incumbent during a spirited event in Ogden on Monday.


West Valley City's police force is seeking national accreditation three years after public confidence in the force has decreased.

Police in the Salt Lake City suburb lost the trust of many residents after the controversial shooting of an unarmed woman in 2013.

Chris Holmes


A fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter have joined the fight against the Hicks Springs Fire burning southeast of Cedar City, although, each were able to complete less than a handful of sorties before darkness ensued Monday night.

What Are The Chances Of A President McMullin?

Oct 14, 2016

“Donald Trump, in truth, is not aligned with them and nor is Hillary Clinton. So, if we get that far, I believe that I am going to be able to make a case to them that will be compelling. I believe that I and Mindy, we can emerge victorious as a better option than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with potentially even bipartisan support. The Democrats will realize they won’t be able to elect Hillary Clinton. They’d much rather have me than Donald Trump, I guarantee it.”

The Herald Journal

  On Oct. 7, Torrey Green -- now a former USU football player -- was arrested on four counts of rape, one count of aggravated sexual assault, and one count of kidnapping.

In 2015, four different women reported to Utah State University and Logan police that they had been sexually assaulted by Green, but no formal charges were immediately made.

Will Millennials Decide Utah's Electoral Votes?

Oct 13, 2016

Voting at 18 is considered a rite of passage for young Americans, like getting a first car or moving out on their own. Yet, in the 2014 mid-term elections, only about 20 percent of young eligible voters cast their ballot. Dr. Damon Cann, a political science professor at Utah State University, says that voter apathy weighs heavily on elections in the United States.

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee underlined his differences with presidential nominee Donald Trump and defended his position on the balance between religious and LGBT rights during a debate against Democratic newcomer Misty Snow.


According to a new report from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, wind power could become a lot cheaper in the years to come.


The US senate race in Utah pits the nation’s first transgender candidate for senator against an incumbent republican, in a predominantly red state.

4th Congressional District Debate

Oct 11, 2016


  Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens used their first and likely only debate this year to spar over the congresswoman's use of taxpayer-funded congressional mailing services.



The primary election in June did not go too well for many Cache County voters who didn’t receive their mail-in ballots in time. But Danny Beus, secretary for the Cache Democrats, said he is hopeful for a high voter turnout because of the mail-in ballots.

Jon Kovash

Moab recently concluded it’s sixth annual Pride Festival, and this year’s guest of honor was noted slam poetry pioneer Regie Cabico, who conducted poetry readings, workshops and slams. 


Incumbent candidate Mia Love and challenger Doug Owens takes to the debate floor Monday night for Utah’s 4th congressional district race.

Love took the lead over Owens with just 5 additional points in 2014. And this year's race started off just as tight.

Entrepreneur Steven Richards employs about 100 workers at Better Body Foods. So employee benefits are always on his mind.

“We provided health care before Obamacare," he said, "and we continue to provide healthcare to our employees.”

Utah Is Third Worst State For Voter Representation

Oct 10, 2016

During the 2012 presidential election, Utah was the third worst state for voter representation, according to an analysis by the financial company WalletHub.

University of Vermont

Scientists, a small group of them, sit in a circle—it's reminiscent of a campfire gathering despite the fact they're in a drab classroom. Everyone is listening intently to the scientist holding up what looks like a 5x7  photograph, but in reality, is just a blank piece of paper. You wouldn’t know it was an imageless page by the number of eyes staring at it. A scientist is sharing a special memory, distinctly describing the details of the “photograph” that means so much. People laugh, cry, feel, and relate in some way to every story told through the simple piece of paper that makes its way to each person around the circle.  


While 2016 could see Utah’s Electoral College votes go to a Democratic Party nominee for the first time in over 50 years, indications are that Congressional and state legislature races remain as Republican-dominated as ever. However, state Democrats see reason for hope in some contests.

Utah Clown Panic Spreads on Social Media

Oct 6, 2016

What started as two people dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods of South Carolina has turned into a national phenomenon. Nationwide, people are choosing to imitate these clowns and taunt children and adults alike.

Jon Kovash

It’s been called “cryptogamic” or “microbiotic” or cryptobiotic.”  It’s that thin crust of lichens, fungus and moss that grows where nothing else will grow. In the last decade, a growing group of scientists have concluded that this crust is a critical element in the survival of the planet.

Cache Valley Lacking Options At The Ballot

Oct 5, 2016
Aimee Cobabe

Of all the state legislature races in Cache Valley in 2016, all but one of the incumbents is running unopposed.


Smithfield, Utah is the safest city in the state according to a report released from SafeWise, a home security company. Santa Clara, Highland and Pleasant Grove were next on the list of the top 20 safest cities in Utah.

Homelessness Looms In 2016 Gubernatorial Race

Sep 30, 2016

Salt Lake City police arrested 49 people Thursday in an effort to weed out drug dealers hidden in crowds of homeless people. Police Chief Mike Brown told the media that drug dealers were mingling among the nearly 2,000 homeless people in the Rio Grande area of the city, which has seen serious incidents of violence in recent months.



It has a long name, the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative or IIC. This month, the program received the National Parks Service Director’s Award for Partnerships.

According to Teri Saa, management assistant at Cedar Breaks National Monument and administrator of the internship program, this program is the first of its kind.


How Early Intervention Programs Give Kids a Head Start

Sep 29, 2016


Heather Humphreys is a university academic adviser. In her Logan office, pictures of her four daughters are thumb tacked to a colorful bulletin board above her desk. From the way she talks about them, you can tell they are the brightest part of her world.


Existing fossil fuel production is enough to blow the world's entire remaining carbon budget for keeping global temperatures below limits set at last year's Paris climate summit, according to a new report from Oil Change International.