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Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow sues state.
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A former Utah Attorney General who was acquitted of corruption charges last year is suing the state to reimburse him for his legal fees.

John Swallow filed a lawsuit Tuesday, seeking about $1.6 million in reimbursement from the state to pay for his defense.

Law enforcement authorities in southern Utah are accusing a Las Vegas man of forcing a woman into prostitution.

24-year-old Jerome Devon McFadden was arrested Friday in St. George on charges of exploiting prostitution, human trafficking and interfering with an arrest.

The U.S. Department of Labor is headed to court to press allegations that a company tied to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border changed its name and defied an order to stop using child labor.

A four-day evidence hearing begins Monday in the case against Paragon Contractors, which is accused of changing its name to Par 2 and hiring underage workers for construction jobs across the West in 2015 and 2016.

Cache County School District

A letter from the superintendent was sent out to employees, parents and students of the Cache County School District on Friday.  It addressed the recent school shooting in Florida and what the district is doing to increase safety.

The Great Salt Lake.
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Developers behind a landfill under construction near the shore of the Great Salt Lake have withdrawn an application for a permit that would have allowed the company to bring in out-of-state industrial waste.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports officials with Promontory Point Resources LLC delivered a letter Friday to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, requesting it to halt the permit review process.

Springville police arrests teen for school violence threat.
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Two teens in Utah are facing criminal charges in separate cases after police said they made social media threats alluding to school shootings. Authorities concluded neither threat was serious.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday in Springville after he posted an online photo of himself or someone else holding an assault rifle. The caption read "Burrr it's cold."

New York Judge Frederic Block
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A veteran federal judge from New York will preside over the retrial of a Utah real estate mogul accused of heading a $100 million Ponzi scheme.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the June 4 trial of Rick Koerber has been assigned to Frederic Block, a senior judge from the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Climbing Cliffs at Zion will be closed temporarily.
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Zion National Park in Utah is closing access to 13 popular rock-climbing cliffs as part of an annual effort to protect sensitive nesting sites for peregrine falcons.

The National Park Service officials announced this week that climbing routes will close March 1 while wildlife biologists to monitor nesting activity of the formerly endangered raptors.

 

A self-styled prophet accused of secretly marrying young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and doomsday pleaded guilty in Utah Wednesday to child rape and abuse charges filed after police raided the group's remote desert compound.

Samuel W. Shaffer faces at least 25 years in prison after agreeing to the Wednesday plea deal in Iron County, where prosecutors said he abused an 8-year-old girl related to a group member, the Spectrum newspaper reported.

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The Utah House has voted to repeal the statewide sales tax on food and raise the rate slightly on other purchases.

The Deseret News reports lawmakers sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday on a vote of 42-27.

West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs.
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The West Valley City Council has ratified the appointment of the only current female police chief in the state.

Colleen Jacobs' hiring comes after a three-month nationwide recruiting process that included 10 candidates.

Ad for AR-15 at Impact Guns in Ogden taken down.
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The owner of a Utah gun store says he has taken down a sign with an advertisement for an assault rifle after a number of complaints from what he calls "anti-gun people."

Darin Kendall, operations manager for Impact Guns in Ogden, says the ad for the "Radical AR-15" was posted before 17 people were killed in a mass school shooting in south Florida on Valentine's Day.

UTA officers are being trained to identify invisible disabilities.
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The Utah Transit Authority has implemented a program to train all of its transit police officers to recognize "invisible disabilities" such as autism that often influences the behavior of individuals who use mass transportation.

Transit Police Chief Fred Ross says each officer, as part of their initial training, receives specialized training to identify and assist riders with autism and other types of disabilities.

UTA officers are being trained to identify invisible disabilities.
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The Utah Transit Authority has implemented a program to train all of its transit police officers to recognize "invisible disabilities" such as autism that often influences the behavior of individuals who use mass transportation.

Transit Police Chief Fred Ross says each officer, as part of their initial training, receives specialized training to identify and assist riders with autism and other types of disabilities.

A major intersection in a Salt Lake City suburb covered in snow and ice.
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Authorities say a winter storm has caused nearly 300 crashes, including a handful involving troopers.

The Utah Highway Patrol says no serious injuries were reported on the roads left treacherous by the storm that blanketed many parts of the state in a thick layer of snow.

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Utah State University is investigating allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the school's music program.A Facebook post this week by a former student alleging she was raped in 2009 by a faculty member triggered complaints from other students and led the university to open an investigation.

West Valley Fire Department
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Fire officials in suburban Salt Lake City are investigating the cause of a brush fire that forced the evacuation of a homeless camp in West Valley City.Firefighters from several agencies responded to the fire in a field near the Jordan River Parkway Trail at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Salt Lake County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the owner and former workers at a funeral home that was fined $10,000 last year for misconduct, including allegations the mortuary mixed ashes, stole jewelry from bodies and left bodies unrefrigerated.The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing suspended the Carver Mortuary's license in November but allowed it to remain open on probation after it agreed to pay the fine.

Utah State University's landscape architecture and design program uses virtual reality
Bronson Teichert

A community in the mountains is being designed by students at Utah State University. They’re using a new technology to get a bird’s eye view of the project.

Utah police say one person is dead and three others were injured in separate shootings in the Salt Lake City area.

Police say a teen boy and a man were hospitalized after suffering serious injuries during a Tuesday afternoon shooting in West Valley City followed by some sort of disagreement.

Citizens gather at local town hall meeting to discuss current and upcoming legislation.
Riana Gayle

Republican Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard of Logan chairs the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Wasatch mountains in eastern Utah.
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Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.

Wasatch County authorities say the elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the craft flew low, trying to capture the animal with a net.

Utah Working To Improve Specialty Crop Production

Feb 13, 2018
Grant applications will allow farmers to grow more specialty crops
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Utah is one of the top producers of tart cherries in America, but that’s the only specialty crop the state is known for. One agriculture group is working to help local farmers  grow more produce and increase their profit.

Chris Holmes

The upswing in construction southern Utah comes with mostly positive economic benefits to the community, but there is a downside: the corresponding increase in job-site burglaries. 

Cache Refugee and Immigrate Connection

2017 was a big year for the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection, an organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Cache Valley. 

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