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A former county treasurer in Utah has pleaded guilty to transferring thousands of dollars of county funds into her personal accounts.

Four felony counts of third-degree misusing public money have landed 53-year-old Georgia Baca in jail for 30 days as part of a 36-month probation sentence.

Baca had been the Kane County Treasurer when, between March 2014 and January 2016, she made 45 transfers of county money into four different personal accounts.

Baca stole about $33,600. She has been ordered by the court to pay $35,613 back to the county.

Sage Grouse Mating Ritual

May 4, 2017
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The sage grouse mating season is now underway in Utah. 

Those unusual sounds among the morning song birds belong to Utah’s most unique upland game bird, the sage grouse.

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A Utah Bureau of Investigation officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

He is accused of driving drunk in his unmarked patrol car while heading to a training session.

The Garfield County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Jason James Whitehead following the incident.

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Salt Lake County officials have approved a $700,000 plan to allow Sheriff Jim Winder to begin sending county inmates to other jails in the state to deal with issues of overcrowding.

The county council voted unanimously in favor of the plan on Tuesday.

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A Utah State football player and another student are being charged with intimidating a witness in a burglary case against two other members of the football team.

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said that on April 5, 19-year-old freshmen Kevin Meitzenheimer and Dayshawn Littleton tried to hit the witness with their car and threatened to return and shoot the witness. The men were charged last month.

How Trump's Tax Plan Will Affect Utah

May 2, 2017

After the White House’s release of a one page, bullet point outline of a tax plan, experts are still analyzing what impact the proposed changes could have. The new tax plan aims to provide tax breaks to the middle class, build business and close loopholes.

Many Utah homeowners dealt with broken pipes and flooded basements this winter and those built before 1980 were likely constructed with materials that contain asbestos. I was in the house of Lisa Jacobson Ward, a Logan, Utah resident who had flood damage throughout her basement this winter due to a burst pipe.

“So the water came out of that wall…”

 

For Utah State University professor Matthew LaPlante, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Pulitzer win was especially close to home. His former colleagues had won a Pulitzer for taking down one of his students. He wrote a column for the Herald Journal about his experience. UPR’s Katherine Taylor spoke with him about what inspired him to write it.

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According to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report card, air quality in Utah is generally getting better. However, the state still experiences high particulate and ozone pollution.

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Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is back in his home state of Utah for emergency surgery on his foot, just days after shocking the political world by announcing that he won't seek election.

The Utah congressman said in Instagram and Twitter posts that he will be away from the Capitol for up to 4 weeks. Chaffetz needs immediate surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago.

Rural Utah Reacts To Trump Order

Apr 26, 2017
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The Utah Congressional Delegation and Governor Gary Herbert were among those in attendance as President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of the designation of recent national monuments larger than 100,000 acres, under the Antiquities Act.

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Utah state officials say the FBI wants to take a look at their investigation of a remote Utah county jail under investigation for allegations of inmate mistreatment.

Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Maria Peterson said Tuesday that the agency plans to provide the report soon to the FBI. The agency had previously said the FBI was helping state officials.

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A new law requires bar and restaurant owners in Utah to hang a sign by their door disclosing the business' serving intentions.

Reports say starting on May 9 it will be illegal in the state to be a restaurant but not have a sign saying, "This premise is licensed as a restaurant. Not a bar."

Historic Train Visits Cache Valley

Apr 25, 2017
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The train pulled into Cache Junction Tuesday morning and was greeted by a crowd of adoring schoolchildren, retired railroad workers, and locomotive history enthusiasts. This marked the first time the No. 844 steam engine, the last one purchased for Union Pacific, has stopped in Cache Valley in 20 years.

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 A school district in southeastern Utah is in the middle of a test program to see if offering salaries of up to $80,000 can persuade teachers to stay at an elementary school near the Utah-Colorado border.

Teacher turnover is a major problem at Montezuma Creek Elementary School due to unusual working conditions.

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Two young brothers were thrilled to find tadpoles swimming in the pond at the Fred and Ila Rose Fife Wetland Preserve in Salt Lake City. They scrambled to take a picture with their tablet camera and upload the photo to an app called iNaturalist. It was a family outing—the boys along with their mother and grandparents took the day to participate in the City Nature Challenge.

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The state auditor has released a report saying the Utah Board of Education might have mishandled more than $1 million in federal funding for a dual-language program.

The board's funding for its Dual Language Immersion program lacked oversight and the program's poor structure led to inappropriate payments.

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The CEO of the University of Utah's cancer research institute who was fired last week has been reinstated following widespread outrage over the ousting.

The school's president said in a statement Tuesday that Mary Beckerle would return to her position, which she had held since 2006.

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A man who was denied a lung transplant at the University of Utah because marijuana was found in his system has died after suffering complications from recent surgery.

Reports say 20-year-old Riley Hancey of Park City died Saturday from complications with his double lung transplant at the University of Pennsylvania hospital.

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The sheriff of a rural Utah county jail under investigation for allegations mistreating inmates has resigned.

Daggett County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Susie Potter said in a statement Monday that Jerry Jorgensen resigned Sunday after six years as sheriff.

Jasmine Despain Named UCASA's Student Advocate Of The Year

Apr 21, 2017
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In a year of nationwide discussion of sexual assault on Utah’s university campuses, Jasmine Despain, a student at Utah State University, was named student advocate of the year by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Herbert: Early Election If Chaffetz Resigns

Apr 20, 2017
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Utah’s Third District Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to his seat in 2018. Amid speculation of what could be next for Chaffetz and his district, Gov. Gary Herbert has announced that there will be a special election if the Congressman resigns early.

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Deserae Turner who survived being shot in the head by two teens in a crime that shocked her small town of Smithfield is leaving the hospital after more than two months.

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Utah female students are accusing a national organization of having a sexist dress code.

The dress code for the American Legion of Auxiliary's Utah Girls State requires girls wear only blouses with skirts or dresses throughout most of the program. It specifically bans pantsuit options.

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Much of Rainbow Bridge National Monument along Lake Powell in southern Utah has gained a new protected status.

The National Park Service says 85 acres within the 160-acre monument have been designated a "traditional cultural property" due to the site's historic and ongoing cultural significance to at least six American Indian tribes.

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