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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Warren Jeff's Home, Site Of New Sober Living House
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A sprawling 44-bedroom house surrounded by towering brick walls that was once the home of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been converted into a sober living center by evangelical missionaries.

It is the latest sign of the group's dwindling control of the small community on the Utah-Arizona border.

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Cori Groth is the associate director of the Utah Education Policy Center. The policy center conducted a study on after-school programs in Utah that were created after the legislature passed a bill in 2014 calling for intergenerational poverty intervention in public schools.

An Apartment in Ogden City Caught Fire After Aggravated Arson
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A 56-year-old Ogden woman with a criminal history is accused of intentionally starting a fire that critically injured her boyfriend and damaged six apartment units.

Kristilynn Thompson was booked into the Weber County Jail shortly after the fire in Ogden Tuesday. She was charged in 2nd District Court Wednesday with aggravated arson and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Historic County Courthouse in Provo, Utah
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A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.

Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.

Riverview Junior High, site of reported sexual assault
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Police are investigating a report of sexual assault that is said to have happened in a restroom near softball fields behind Riverview Junior High School.

Murray police Officer Kenny Bass confirmed Wednesday that the department is investigating the incident. A public post on Taylorsville Fast-pitch Softball's Facebook page says that the assault occurred April 25 "sometime after the Murray High School softball game."

Man killed by officers in Sugar House after refusing to drop weapons
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Body camera footage released in an officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City shows the victim was armed with a knife and told police to shoot him before he was killed during a standoff with a SWAT team.

Salt Lake City police released the footage Wednesday of the April 18 shooting of 32-year-old Delorean Pikyavit on the porch of his girlfriend's home in Sugar House.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

San Juan School District's Bluff Elementary School
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Progress has been made to find a new home for a southern Utah town's elementary school students, who deal with crowding, backed up sewage and even ceiling tiles falling onto desks in the middle of class.

Bluff Elementary, which sits on soil saturated with septic effluent, was built in the 1950s and is too old for improvements.

Worker killed in accident at Ogden plant
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Pet food company American Nutrition says one of its workers has been killed in an accident at the company's northern Utah plant.

American Nutrition CEO Bill Behnken says 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Roy was killed around 3 a.m. Tuesday while working on a packing line at the Ogden plant.

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