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Speculative fiction author Sarah Gailey traveled throughout Utah last week presenting a series of talks and readings aimed to empower female writers and activists. 

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Wildfires burning throughout the west are forcing homeowners, community leaders and wildfire experts to consider how these blazes are destroying not only personal property, but larger landscapes as well.  To help communities rethink current wildfire management strategies, a presentation entitled “Era of Megafires” is touring Utah this week. 

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School officials in Utah are investigating a video that appears to show five teenagers shouting a racial slur and expletive.

Officials said Tuesday the 10-second cellphone video was made by Weber High School students as they sat in a car. Three of them are cheerleaders. They all appear to be white.

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Republican John Curtis has not surpassed Democrat Kathryn Allen's fundraising in the race for Utah's vacant U.S. House seat despite raising nearly three times more over the last three months.

Allen made waves in state when she raised more than half a million dollars earlier this year to challenge then-Congressman Jason Chaffetz. But with the Republican's resignation this summer, her fundraising has slowed as her challenger's has gained momentum.

National Parks Service

An elderly couple visiting from Texas left their hotel room in Kanab on Monday October 2 on what they hoped would be a day trip to see Lake Powell.  Nearly a week later a rancher, checking his cattle spotted the 78-year-old woman laying beside a dirt road, severely dehydrated and confused. 

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A Republican Utah mayor considered the front-runner in a race to replace Jason Chaffetz in the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to carefully embrace President Donald Trump's agenda during a Friday night debate while distancing himself from the president.

John Curtis, the popular mayor of the Mormon stronghold of Provo, is set to appear in a Friday night debate against Democratic candidate Dr. Kathryn Allen, United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett and Libertarian Joe Buchman.

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A 44-year-old Utah man has been killed in a rollover crash west of Logan.

The Utah Highway Patrol says Kent Batty of Nibley was found dead at the scene of the crash on State Route 30 at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday.

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After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted unanimously to rename Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name.

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The annual Utah History Conference held Wednesday in Salt Lake City was themed Local Matters: Interweaving Historical Threads of Community. The conference focused on the historical events and trends that have shaped the local communities in the state.

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A Utah man is pleading not guilty to criminal charges in a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight.

Court records show Robert Ray Lyman entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless burning and burning without a permit counts filed in the fire that torched more than 100 square miles this summer.

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A lawyer for a Utah police officer fired after being caught on video arresting a nurse said he plans to appeal the decision he calls unfair.

Attorney Greg Skordas said Tuesday that Detective Jeff Payne would likely still be employed if body-camera footage hadn't generated widespread attention online.

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The race for Provo mayor is a showdown between two women, former city councilwoman Sherrie Hall Everett and school board member Michelle Kaufusi, which means the predominantly Mormon city will finally have a woman in the mayor's office for the first time in its 157-year history.

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The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, along with the Interfaith Council in Park City, are hosting two climate change educational presentations this month. The first was held last weekend and addressed the science behind climate change and moral reasons why people should care about it. The second is a solutions seminar and will be held this coming Sunday, October 15.

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The family of black man fatally shot after he ran from police in Utah says body-camera footage of the shooting shows that the officer should lose his job.

Patrick Harmon's sister Antoinette Harmon said Monday that watching the footage of the Aug. 13 shooting is heartbreaking and shows police didn't do enough to de-escalate the situation.

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A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has confirmed that a man killed by mulch dropped from a helicopter was the senator's brother-in-law.

Lee's spokesman Conn Carroll confirmed Tuesday that 58-year-old Bryan Burr was the brother of Lee's wife, Sharon Lee.

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A teenager accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head and leaving her in a ditch is agreeing to a plea deal.

Colter Peterson shed tears as he pleaded guilty to aggravated attempted murder and other charges Tuesday.

Chris Holmes

A man is in critical but stable condition after being accidentally shot while elk hunting near Brian Head in Iron County.

Chris Holmes

A 58-year-old Alpine, Utah man was killed Saturday, while working to reseed the area burned by last summer’s Brian Head fire. 

 

Hundreds of students at Southern Utah University gathered Wednesday evening for a candle light vigil to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and to unite as a community.

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As the world of college basketball reels over recent alleged bribery cases, many anticipate the scope of the scandal will only widen.  

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At places like Bears Ears and Standing Rock, mainstream green groups have united with Native Americans to an unprecedented degree. Following that trend, the Grand Canyon Trust and Northern Arizona University invited a host of Four Corners tribal members to it’s third annual “Uplift” conference, which is designed to bring together a new generation of activists.

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Logan Named A Top Foodie Destination

Sep 18, 2017
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In September, Logan was listed among the top destinations to visit when it comes to finding not only unique, but quality food options by rewardexpert.com.

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The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America Project recently published the results of a 400,000 person survey on the 2016 obesity rates in the U.S. Overall, the obesity rate in the United States is stabilizing.

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Southern Utah University has been ranked among the seven Best Colleges in Utah for 2017 from College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. SUU was listed as the second best public school in Utah, edging out all other public institutions except the University of Utah.

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