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Visitors Explore Timpanogos Cave; Timpanogos Cave is one of Utah's National Park sites experiencing increased visitation.
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Total National Park site visitation saw a six percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Along with increased visitation, parks are facing rising costs of deferred maintenance projects, leading to financial resources being thinly stretched. 

Jehovah's Witnesses handing out phamplets; The Jehovah's Witnesses Convention "Be Courageous" will be held in Ogden this week.
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For the past three weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses around the state have been inviting friends and neighbors to join them at a convention in Ogden. The Bible-based convention entitled "Be Coureous" will be held this week.

Salt Lake City School District was forced to ban leis due to graduation venue policies.
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  Some Utah high schools don't allow students to wear leis and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state's Pacific Islander community says feels discriminatory.

Some schools around the state have sought a uniform look for graduating students that limits distractions or special attention, resulting in bans on ornamentation.

Mitt Romney has large lead on opponent for the primary elections.
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Financial disclosures show former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a large leg up on his opponent heading into Utah Republican primary next Tuesday.

Romney's campaign reported raising nearly $2 million between April and June. He spent $1.4 million in that period and has roughly $1.6 million in the bank.

Volunteers search for missing man in Newton Dam.
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Northern Utah authorities are scaling back the search for a swimmer who disappeared while swimming at Newton Dam over the weekend.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke told the Herald Journal Monday that volunteers will remain throughout the week to search for the 35-year-old man.

GOED Working To Diversify Utah's Economic Landscape

Jun 18, 2018
Utah’s growing tech companies and other businesses located on the Wasatch front are getting a lot of attention, but it’s the rural areas that help diversify Utah’s economy.
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Tech companies and other new businesses have Utah’s urban areas and cities growing at the third-fastest rate in the country, behind Idaho and Nevada. Officials from the governor’s office of economic development are focusing on creating a diverse Utah economy.

St. George woman found dead in suspected homicide.
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  Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the death of a St. George woman last week.

St. George police say 28-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin was taken into custody Saturday in the Moab area on suspicion of murder.

Jason Summers was arrested on Friday for child abuse and trespassing.
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  Law enforcement authorities in northern Utah are accusing a man of throwing sulfuric acid on a child.

32-year-old Smithfield resident Jason Keith Summers was arrested Friday on charges including child abuse and trespassing.

Man who rented equipment from Provo Canyon Outfitters stole keys and IDs from the company.
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  Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a box containing several car keys from an outdoor recreation company, leaving as many as 30 people stranded.

Provo Canyon Outfitters, which rents tubes and rafts to float on the Provo River, said Saturday a man had stolen a box containing car keys and identification cards of customers.

Rescue team searches for missing 35-year-old man at Newton Dam
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A 35- year-old man went missing while swimming with a group of people in Newton Dam reservoir on Saturday. 

Global Village

Employees from Global Village Gifts traveled to Colorado to attend the annual Fair Trade Federation Conference in March.

University of Utah campus
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The U.S. Department of Energy will give the University of Utah up to $140 million to support a research laboratory studying manmade geothermal energy.

The department announced the five-year funding plan Thursday for the facility outside Milford, in Beaver County.

LGBTQA+ groups allowed to march in Utah July 4 Parade
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Organizers of a prominent Utah July Fourth festival are reversing course and allowing LGBTQA organizations to march in its parade.

LGBTQA Mormon activist Kendall Wilcox said Thursday he and other activists had an emotional meeting with organizers of America's Freedom Festival that resulted in an agreement allowing the five organizations to participate.

Provo, Utah neighborhood.
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A new report indicates the cost of housing in Utah is increasing at a faster rate than wages for low income households.

A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Wednesday shows people earning minimum wage would need to work 98 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in the state.

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A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren't bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

History Of Women's Suffrage Highlighted In New Curriculum

Jun 14, 2018
Better Days 2020 is a Utah organization that created a curriculum about Utah women's path to suffrage.
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Workshops this week are preparing 30 of Utah’s elementary and middle school teachers to teach their students a new curriculum about the history of women’s rights in the state. The curriculum focuses on women’s suffrage in Utah.

Sam Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp (right).
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A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that believed in polygamy is pleading guilty to sodomy and child bigamy charges.

John Coltharp agreed to the plea deal in a courtroom in Manti Wednesday in exchange for prosecutors dropping kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges.

Utah sees increase in child death following child-welfare involvement.
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  Utah officials say 23 children died over the last year after state child-welfare authorities became involved in their cases, marking a slight increase over the year before.

A report released Wednesday shows four of the deaths between July 2017 and June 2018 were homicides. The others were suicides, accidents or from natural causes.

LDS Church Offices in downtown Salt Lake City, UT
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A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s is accusing church officials of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

Wildfires blaze in central Utah
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A wildfire in central Utah fed by dry conditions and swift wind has consumed more than 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) and burned a cabin.

The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the Trail Mountain fire northwest of Orangeville began as a prescribed burn but grew out of control last week.

Utah Transit Authority says liquor ads do not violate their policies.
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  An Ogden distillery owner will be able to buy liquor ads on Utah light rail trains and buses after all despite earlier beliefs that these ads were illegal.

The confusion started last week when Steve Conlin, a managing partner with Ogden's Own Distillery, asked how much it would cost to advertise his products on Utah Transit Authority vehicles. He was initially told it was illegal to advertise spirits in Utah.

Fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in Moab.
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A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab.

 Moab city officials said in a news release Tuesday night that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

Logan Main Street; Logan city officials and other stakeholders are discussing ways to improve traffic flow on Logan's Main Street.
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A discussion on the future of Logan city’s main street was facilitated by Utah Department of Transportation representatives on Friday. Meeting attendees included Logan city officials, business owners and other stakeholders.

Young Children Ballroom Dance; Children from Davis County Ballroom preform a routine.
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A Davis County dance instructor is working with Utah youth to provide them an opportunity to use ballroom dancing as a way of developing social skills. At the same time, students learn more about the art of ballroom dance.

1 dead after man drives into patio area of the Millcreek, Utah Starbucks.
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Police are continuing to investigate whether a Utah driver's medical issue was responsible for sending a pickup truck careening into a Starbucks patio last week.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera can't confirm investigators' initial hypothesis about a medical episode such as a seizure until she reviews a toxicology report that is still being compiled.

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