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Utah Teens host 'Queer Prom' Saturday night

The second annual alternative prom in Logan designed to make LGBTQ students feel comfortable was organized by teenagers this time and was called "Queer Prom."

Oliver Wesley, the son of Logan Pride Foundation President Rikki Wheatley-Boxx, was on the planning committee for this year's prom. He says there's a push, among younger generations, to reclaim the word "queer."

Transactions on all 365 days of the 2017 calendar year were analyzed to identify consumer spending patterns. Last year, Mother’s Day was one of the worst days for sales at local, independent restaurants in Utah.

Mother’s Day is among the best sales days of the year nationally for local restaurants but ranks 298th in Utah, according to new data analysis from Womply.

Living At A Higher Altitude May Increase Risk Of Skin Cancer

May 11, 2018

Utah ranks number one in the nation for melanoma death and incidence and the number of cases is rising, according to the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Registry.

Pizza blamed for dip in fine revenue.

A pizza-for-parking scheme is mostly to blame for a dip in the number of parking tickets issued and fines collected in Salt Lake City.

The city's parking officers have written 40,000 fewer tickets this year and collections from overtime fees are down $1.2 million.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry to potentially become part of Jurassic National Monument

New legislation from a pair of Republican Utah lawmakers would create the Jurassic National Monument at a dinosaur fossil site and create a conservation area around the rugged San Rafael Swell.

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. John Curtis said Wednesday their sweeping new land reform bill would protect nearly 1 million acres of natural lands in central Utah's Emery County. It has support from local officials.

Campaign manager accused of illegally buying forms off canvasser.

Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative say supporters tried to buy off canvassers asking people to withdraw support for the proposal.

Organizers with Drug Safe Utah filed a complaint with the lieutenant governor's office Tuesday alleging that the campaign manager of pro-medical marijuana group Utah Patients Coalition tried to illegally buy completed signature-removal forms off a canvasser. Drug Safe Utah opposes the initiative and wants people to remove their signatures from a petition putting it on the ballot.

William "Billy" Thompson was among a group of poaches arrested and convicted for illegally killing wildlife in Northeastern Utah.
Utah DWR

Investigators and officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have made at least two arrests in a series of animal poaching cases because of a tip hotline. One of the cases involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Logan Scout Master Responds To LDS Church And BSA Break-up

May 10, 2018
By continuing with Scouts BSA until the LDS church implements their new program, Thomas believes the young men will make an easier transition to the church’s new program in 2020.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for more than 100 years. In a statement Tuesday the LDS Church announced it will conclude its relationship with the scouting program by 2020.

Mom speaks out after fatal attack of daughter

A Utah mother who was on the phone with her 15-year-old daughter when she was murdered says they were talking about the mail when the girl started screaming.

Shauna Bagshaw said that she and her daughter Baleigh Bagshaw talked every day after school, including on May 7, the day a normal conversation turned into incomprehensible screaming.

Teachers in Canyons School District will recieve bonuses and pay raises starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

Canyons School District has raised the starting salary for new teachers and will hand out a one-time bonus to licensed educators.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to hike the starting salary 4.5 percent, to $41,835, for the 2018-19 school year. Educators, including new hires, will also receive a one-time $500 bonus.

Rob Bishop pushing to turn Golden Spike National Historic Site into a national park.

Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop wants to turn northern Utah's Golden Spike National Historic Site into a national park.

Bishop said that he's introducing legislation Thursday that would elevate the status of the site at Promontory Summit where the first transcontinental railroad in country was completed in 1869.

Utah Driver License Division

Refugees in Utah who are taking their first driving exam have always been allowed to use an interpreter for the written portion. Legislation passed during the 2018 legislative session will now allow them to also use an interpreter when renewing their license for the first time.

Dominion Energy customers received misleading mailers offering insurance services on the gas company letterhead. The utility company and a third party contractor are being investigated.

Dominion Energy customers received misleading mailers offering insurance services on the gas company letterhead. The utility company and a third party contractor are being investigated.

Baseball field site of racial slurs during high school baseball game.

School officials say they have taken action after a baseball player used a racial slur against a player on the opposing team at a high school game in the Salt Lake City area.

Canyons School District launched an investigation Tuesday after multiple people overheard a Brighton High School player direct the slur Monday against a Jordan High School player who is black.

Jury rules "Not Guilty" in child rap case.

Three Utah men have been found not guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl while her mother was smoking methamphetamine in a nearby garage.

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in the case where the girl's harrowing testimony about what she said happened after a rural Easter egg hunt in 2016 was the centerpiece of the case.

Cache County shoppers will pay more sales tax to fund transportation

Officials in a northern Utah county have adopted a one-quarter of 1 percent tax increase to fund transportation projects.

The Cache County Council voted Tuesday to approve the tax increase, which will raise the sales tax in Logan from 6.6 percent to 6.85 percent.


The Mormon church will completely sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year. The religion will move its remaining boys into its own scouting-type program.

Tom Sizemore accused of sexual abuse by Utah woman.

A Utah woman who told police Tom Sizemore groped her at a photo shoot when she was 11 is suing the actor.

The lawsuit filed Monday says the 2003 incident during production of the "Born Killers" movie left her with post-traumatic stress and drug and alcohol addiction.

Utah Legislature meets to pass more than 500 laws, including free-range parenting.

Hundreds of new Utah laws are going into effect governing alcohol signs, medical marijuana and first-in-the-nation protections for hands-off parenting.

Tuesday is the trigger for most of the more than 500 laws passed by the Utah Legislature this year, 60 days after the end of the short legislative session.

Salt Lake City Police investigate a 15-year-old girl's death as homicide

Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl as a homicide after she was found dead in her Salt Lake City home.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer says officers found the girl dead Monday afternoon after they were called to the house for a welfare check.

Monticello History Teacher Nominated For National Award

May 8, 2018
Lynda Boyle

A history teacher from Monticello High School is nominated for a national teaching award because of the extra effort she puts into helping her students compete at National History Day.

Tiny House to be housing solution for ex-offenders in Utah County

A Provo-based nonprofit plans to offer an alternative solution to the housing crisis ex-offenders face across Utah.

Fresh Start Ventures is building tiny homes, or places ex-offenders can live with all the amenities found in a normal-sized home compacted into a small space, in the range of 100 to 400 square feet (9.3 to 37.2 square meters).

Man flees authorities on foot near Vernal, Utah

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI are working with police to find a suspect involved in an eastern Utah shooting.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officials said in a Facebook post that as of Sunday evening, police were still searching for Bradley James Moore.

Spanish Fork, Utah, Site of Attempted Court Escape

Security camera footage from a Utah courthouse shows a defendant in handcuffs running out of a courtroom, flipping over a second-floor railing and falling to the ground below.

In the short video released Thursday to media outlets, including The Associated Press, Christopher Clay Rudd appears to be dazed or unconscious after he lands on Monday.

Unita County Man To Go To Trial For Rape Of Young Girl

The trial has started for three men accused of raping a 9-year-old Utah girl while her mother was in the garage smoking methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said Thursday the men took her into a back bedroom, held her down and assaulted her in 2016.