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McMullin: Post-GOP Conservative Movement Needed

Oct 24, 2016

Independent candidate Evan McMullin has received support from disaffected Republican Party members who are adamant that Donald Trump does not represent them. What will those frustrated voters do after November 8?

Victor Leshyk

It resembles a chameleon, but it’s not. Nor is it a dinosaur or crocodile. In fact, it doesn’t have any living descendants or close relatives—it’s named Drepanosaurus and scientists find this prehistoric creature quite odd, but oh so fascinating.

Utah's School-To-Prison Pipeline, Part 2

Oct 21, 2016

Peer court programs have shown promising results in reducing the number of students who find themselves in legal trouble. According to a National Institute of Justice study, students who went through youth court were significantly less likely to reoffend. Peer courts use positive peer pressure by having high school student volunteers examine each case and come up with a solution that will help the offender as well as the wider school community.

Utah's School-To-Prison Pipeline, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016

Students with disciplinary problems often find themselves sooner or later in trouble with the law. According to Nubia Peña, J.D., Program Coordinator at Racially Just Utah, the Beehive State is not immune to the school-to-prison pipeline.


Officials have announced the final four candidates in the running to become the next president of Utah State University.

After a defeat in 2014, Tryon didn’t plan to run again but he says he changed his mind when Chaffetz stood him up for a scheduled meeting in Washington.




Youth suicide rates have nearly tripled since 2007 and suicide is now the leading cause of death among 10 to 17 year olds in Utah.


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.