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Samuel Tom Holiday was one of the last Navajo Code Talkers.

  Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday in southern Utah.

He was 94.

Utah will no longer use SAGE testing.

  Utah is ending its use of the SAGE standardized test and moving to tests produced by other providers.

The state Board of Education earlier this year approved a new test called "RISE" provided by Questar Assessment Inc. for students in grades three through eight, and the board on Thursday approved a contract with Pearson for the Utah Aspire Plus test for students in 9th and 10th grades.

Utah gas prices on the rise.

  Gasoline prices in the Salt Lake City area have increased more than 2 cents in the past week.

The average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area is $3.10. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets.

The Temple Riders

A Mormon motorcycle club is currently holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the region.

The Temple Riders are celebrating the club's 30th anniversary through Wednesday with the "Color Country 'n' Spires" rally.

Logan City Citizen Meet To Discuss Current Restrictions On Dogs In Public Parks
Brianne Johnson

Last Thursday, a public meeting was held with Logan City Mayor Holly Daines to discuss possible amendments to the city's current policy restricting dogs in public parks. 

Hogle Zoo welcomes new baby zebra.

A baby zebra full of energy is making her public debut at a Utah zoo.

The 5-day-old foal entertained parents and young children Thursday at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City as she ran in circles, pranced and kicked up her heels with her mother watching close by.

West Jordan City

Authorities say a woman was shot and killed after apparently breaking into a Utah home.

West Jordan police say the woman was shot after a man heard the home garage door opening about 5:30 a.m. Friday and found her inside the house.

Westside Elementary School, Utah

With a July 1 deadline looming and $123 million at stake, school officials in Utah will ask the federal government for a one-year reprieve from a requirement that 95 percent of students participate in statewide testing.

The Utah State Board of Education on Thursday authorized state schools chief Sydnee Dickson to seek an exemption while the state tries to increase test participation rates that officials say now average 94 percent.

Table set and decorated for Ramadan Dinner; Iftar
Matilyn Mortensen

Muslims around the world are in the midst of celebrating Ramadan, a month long Islamic holiday. One Muslim family in Cache Valley is opening their home and inviting their friends of all beliefs to join the celebrations.

Logan city is participating in plans to potentially build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho.
Nuclear Street

Logan City officials are weighing project risks as they decide whether or not to continue participating in a plan to build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho, just North of Idaho Falls. An expert says concerns about nuclear power are valid, but people often need to shift the focus of their concern.

Utah Prison

A 65-year-old Utah financial adviser who pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $12 million in restitution.

A federal judge in Utah handed down the sentence against Henry Brock Monday.

Mark Shurtleff

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is suing more than 40 officials and agencies involved in the failed corruption case against him that was dismissed two years ago.

Shurtleff said in a 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday that he is seeking $60 million to compensate for his pain and suffering.

Man dies nead Moab, Utah

Authorities say a Minnesota man died after falling 60 feet while rappelling down a cliff in southern Utah.

Grand County Sheriff's Lt. Kim Neal said that 33-year-old Scott Henning hiked with a friend Monday to a popular area for rappelling near the tourist town of Moab.

Man Attacked Following Salt Lake City Pride Festival

Salt Lake City police are looking for leads after a man was allegedly attacked while trying to defend two gay men who were being chased after the Utah Pride Festival.

Detective Greg Wilking said Tuesday the two men were leaving the festival around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of young white men approached from an alley and made homophobic slurs. The couple sought refuge in a nearby ice cream shop.

A man is taken to prison; Between 2015 and 2017, the Utah's prison population has dropped by 9 percent.

A few years ago, Utah's prison population was growing at a faster rate than the national average. Data shows after policy changes in 2015, both the state's prison population and crime rate have declined.

Mormons pull missionaries from Nicaragua amid violence

  The Mormon church is pulling the remaining 158 missionaries from Nicaragua because of ongoing violence and deteriorating conditions in the Central American country.

The move announced Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means the religion will no longer have proselytizing church members in the country. The faith pulled another 169 missionaries from Nicaragua two weeks ago.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination has one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination have one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.

Electric Spin Scooters Removed From Cache Valley Rideshare Program
Brianne Johnson

After only a few short weeks, Spin’s bright orange electric scooters have been removed from Cache Valley. Spin representatives pulled the scooters from their fleet within an hour of being told that Logan City policy prohibits electronically assisted vehicles on sidewalks.

Wyoming State Trooper

Wyoming Highway Patrol officials are praising a Utah trucker who stopped on to help a trooper wrestling roadside with a man for the trooper's gun.

Trucker Darren Phillips of Taylorsville, Utah, says service with the Marines and the Army National Guard helped him put the man in a choke hold and pull him off the trooper.

2 Hikers Injured After Rock Fall In Zion National Park

A popular trail at Zion National Park is closed after two people were hurt in a rock fall.

Park ranger John Marciano says one person suffered serious leg injuries in the Sunday-afternoon rock fall on the trail that leads to the iconic Narrows hike.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Committee assists in returning ancestral remains and funerary objects to tribal communities.
www.nps.gov / National Park Service

A member of a Utah-based organization dedicated to protecting the sacred lands of indigenous people has recently been appointed to a national committee. This committee assists in returning Native American ancestral remains and funerary objects to tribal communities.

Governor Gary Herbert announced Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center near Eagle Mountain in Utah. The announcement came after Facebook and Utah officials tried to make a similar deal in 2016.
Eagle Mountain Data Center

Governor Gary Herbert announced Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center near Eagle Mountain in Utah. The announcement came after Facebook and Utah officials tried to make a similar deal in 2016.  

A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.

Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court.

Provo, Utah fire kills 1, inures another.

Fire officials say one person died and another person was injured in a fire in Provo.

Provo Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the fire was reported early Friday morning.

Navajo Nation

Leaders on the nation's largest American Indian reservation are marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

The signing of the agreement a century and a half ago signaled the end of a difficult chapter for Navajos that included their forced removal from their homeland in the Four Corners area of the Southwest and years of captivity at Bosque Redondo, part of Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico.