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Salt Lake City police say prosecutors have filed charges in five rape cases after the department submitted their backlog of over 700 sexual assault evidence kits for testing.

Three of the defendants identified by DNA are now incarcerated while the other two are believed to have left the U.S.

Dennis Stock

A new museum honoring the history of a Japanese internment camp located in Central Utah opened on Saturday. 

Attendees of Topaz Museum’s grand opening were given a tour of the original internment campsite on their way to the museum. 


A food pantry that recently opened to help veterans in Salt Lake City is already serving dozens of people a month.

The food pantry that opened in March at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves close to 100 veterans and their families every month.


Medical services within the Cache County Jail are undergoing changes that will place the medical well-being of its inmates in the hands of a company specializing in correctional medical care.

The move has led to the resignation of existing medical staff and has raised claims that a contract service will eliminate around-the-clock care and put the safety and health care of inmates at risk.

West Nile Virus Tested Positive In Utah Mosquitoes

Jul 6, 2017

Mosquito abatement centers across the state of Utah have been trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus throughout the months of June and July and officials said a pool of mosquitoes in Draper was the first to test positive.


Denver will be the new home for the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show.

At a press conference with Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor, the director of the Outdoor Retailer trade show, Marisa Nicholson, announced Thursday that the show would be held in the Mile High City starting in 2018.

Will The New Amazon Distribution Center Impact Utah Jobs?

Jul 5, 2017

Just west of Salt Lake City International Airport, there is nothing but dirt and sagebrush. But that will soon change as an 855,000 square-foot Amazon distribution center will make its new home in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake To Host USA Fencing Competition

Jul 5, 2017

The USA Fencing Championship, the largest of its kind, is being held in Salt Lake City for the first time July 1 - 10 at the Salt Palace.


Utah residents might have the chance to vote for an independent redistricting commission that would redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries after the 2020 Census.

A group called Utahns for Responsive Government is working to collect the more than 100,000 signatures required to put the initiative on the state's 2018 ballot. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is part of the group and says "politicians should not be choosing their voters."


A Utah Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a man who authorities were worried might have been on his way to a crowded parade while being chased.

Investigators say there were indications that 32-year-old Cody Ray McCray might have wanted to die in a "suicide by cop" situation during the chase on Tuesday.

Since the start of VidAngel in 2013, the company has been in hot water for making a profit by editing third-party media content. During its shutdown, VidAngel has been working on keeping the service but is executing it in a different way.

National Institutes of Health

A Utah interest group spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana claims it has support from most Utahns. 


Lainey Anthony works for her mother, who runs TNT Fireworks in Cache County. It is the last Thursday in June and already the stand is open for selling fireworks.


Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's becoming a Fox News Channel contributor to keep his voice in politics while starting a consulting firm and writing a book after he leaves Congress this week.

Chaffetz told The Associated Press Wednesday that he doesn't expect he'll be on Fox News every day but he'll have flexibility to weigh in on matters in Washington whether he's at home in Utah or traveling.

Think Smart During Fire Season: Don't Be The One To Blame

Jun 28, 2017
Miami Herald

With a large amount of invasive weeds feeding Utah wildfires, officials say Utahns can play a role in preventing more fires.

Lisa Gabbert is the director of the folklore program at Utah State University. She will being going to Wyoming with a group of 12 graduate students preparing for a dude ranching research trip at Grand Teton National Park.

Hannah Russell

You get a rain gauge, measure the precipitation once a day, and upload the information via the web or app—it’s a citizen science project that only takes a few minutes and has real-time application, said Henry Reges, national coordinator of the precipitation reporting network known as CoCoRaHS. 


While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

A music festival in Wasatch County is focusing on diversity of music - from electric to hip hop to indie rock. Beginning this weekend, new acts are being performed at the second annual Bonanza Campout.

Chris Holmes

Now at over 11,000 acres burned, the Brian Head Fire continues to expand in size and property damage as it crosses from Iron County into Garfield County.  


A 23-year-old man drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a cold pond in Farmington Tuesday night. Police say the man’s body cramped up while swimming the 30 feet back to shore.


A small town located eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park is considered to be in a state of emergency due to a water shortage.

New Sunblocks And Worsened Ozone Depletion

Jun 21, 2017

There are new physical component sun blocks found in local drugstores to help protect skin this summer. The sun block’s components include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are used as protection from ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B and infrared radiation.

Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate. 


Although there was no growth on Sunday in the size of the wild fire that threatens the town of Brian Head, the situation remains volatile and the town still very much under threat.