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Houses for sale in Utah are so expensive that it could create a problem for the economy.
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A recent study says Utah housing prices have risen faster than almost anywhere in the country for a generation and the trend seems likely to continue.

The University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute released a preliminary study Wednesday warning that rising interest rates on mortgages in the state will reduce the number of people who can afford to buy a home.

The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday that the allegations are "deeply disturbing" and would lead to formal discipline if true.

Utah Republican congressman John Curtis is again defending his actions as Provo mayor over the hiring and handling of harassment complaints against a former police chief.

Curtis released a second statement Wednesday responding to a lawsuit that claims he and the city failed to protect five women from alleged sexual harassment and assault by former Chief John King.

St. George, Utah.  Population grew 4% last year.
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The southwest Utah city of St. George has become the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan area, while rural Uintah County in the northeast corner of the state is among places that lost the greatest percentage of its population.

U.S. Census data released Thursday also puts the Provo-Orem area at No. 8 on the national growth chart.

For the first time, students on the Utah State University Logan campus watched as a group of five Utah judges held court. Utah Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in two cases this week, under the direction of Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant.

The opioid crisis in America has caused many issues, and Utah County is suing in hopes of alleviating the crisis.
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Officials of a northern Utah county are suing drug manufacturers, distributors and doctors in an effort to mitigate the consequences of the nation's opioid crisis.

Summit County on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state district court against 25 companies and individuals, seeking a jury trial and an unspecified financial award for damages.

A door handle barricade lock, one of many models used to prevent invasion.
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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure allowing Utah school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors.

The measure Herbert signed Monday was passed by the Legislature shortly after a February a school shooting killed 17 people in Florida and touched off calls for increased gun control and school safety around the country.

County Health Rankings / University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This is the ninth county health rankings report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year the two organizations pool data from different sources to look at how where we live affects our health. 

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

GasBuddy.com reports the average retail price of a gallon of gas in the area is $2.32. That's according to a survey of 380 gas outlets.

BYU school logo.
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At a rare, school-sanctioned event, four LGBT students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University spoke to about 600 students about what it's like to reconcile their religious beliefs with sexual identities that don't fit within the religion's belief system.

Addison Jenkins, who spoke at the first LGBT campus forum last year, said the school took a step forward Thursday by hosting the panel.

Boy scouts of America insignia.
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The father of a boy who has Down syndrome is suing the Boys Scouts of America for blocking his son from becoming an Eagle scout and revoking his merit badges.

Logan Blythe has been a scout through the National Parks Council in Utah. His father, Chad, says the 15-year-old has advanced because the council has made accommodations when necessary.

Utah State University

Two years ago, Utah State University received legislative funding to build a new Life Sciences building on the Logan main campus. As the building nears completion, focuses are shifting towards its neighbor-- the Biology and Natural Resources building, or BNR.

A group of residents living in a community near southern Utah's Zion National Park are concerned about a proposed plan to pave and widen a local road. Washington County and Utah Department of Transportation officials are holding an information meeting about the plan on Friday and predict it will be greeted by protestors.

Utah Rock-Hiding Group Creates Geocache-like App

Mar 15, 2018
Sonya Reid, 801Rocks

A Facebook search for "rock hiding groups" will bring up community pages from around the country. These groups encourage people to hide rocks they’ve painted and then post clues on social media for others to find.

Jurors began deliberations over whether three toddlers injured in a Utah day care were deliberately harmed by their baby sitter, or if a series of accidents were grouped and labeled a crime.

Deliberations began Wednesday in the case against Murray day care owner Kami Kay Tollefson, who is charged with three counts of child abuse.

 

“This is just the beginning,” West High School Liz Love told the crowd gathered in front of the school. “Today, by walking out, we are telling our leaders and our lawmakers that we are watching and we are listening and we demand change.”

Utah State University in Logan, UT, to address critics of major donation from Koch brothers.
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Utah State University faculty members are debating what kind of statement to make about a $25 million donation from the billionaire Koch brothers.

The school's faculty senate is creating task force to look at how the donation will affect the school and write a resolution about it.

#Enough National School Walkout sign.
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Thousands of Utah students at least 30 schools participated in walkouts to protest gun violence and demand change as part of national demonstrations one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.

At West High School in Salt Lake City, about 500 students gathered outside the front entrance Wednesday morning and listened quietly as student organizers read the names of the 17 people killed in Florida and released one orange balloon for each.

Painting of Coalville, Utah.
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The Utah mountain town of Coalville is worried that a plan to build 500 luxury homes could impact the small-town, working class feel of the community.

Developers have turned their eyes toward the town of 1,500 people, which city engineer Shane McFarland says hasn't grown much in 60 years.

Deer Valley ski resort.
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A 70-year-old skier is dead after he hit a pole while racing a friend at a Utah resort.

Authorities at Deer Valley Resort say the man was skiing a race course with a private group when he collided with a pole on the course on Friday.

Emergency crews responded and he was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Park City police tell KSL-TV that he was from Colorado and visiting Utah for a ski trip with friends.

 

LDS missionaries serve countries around the world.
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Mormon missionaries are doing more proselytizing online than ever, including 600 missionaries assigned to 20 visitor centers around the world who spend their days chatting with prospective converts online.

Bonnie Oscarson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Young Women program and a member of its Executive Missionary Council, said the approach is hardly new but has become more sophisticated.

Utah federal courthouse where offer shoots defendant.
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Dramatic newly released video shows a U.S. Marshal firing four times at close range at a defendant inside a Utah federal courthouse who rushed the witness stand, jumped and swung with a pen at a shackled witness who jumped out of the way.

The 24-second footage from the 2014 gang-related racketing trial were released Monday after a media coalition including the Associated Press argued it was a public record in an important police use-of-force case.

Last week, researchers with the Utah Women and Leadership Project released a summary of recent research entitled “Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know.”
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“Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know” is a summary of research published by Utah Valley University’s Utah Women and Leadership Project. Dr. Susan Madsen is one of the authors of the research. 

About 200 people rallied inside Utah's Capitol building Thursday to celebrate International Women's Day and hear a performance from the indie band Lucius.

The event put on by Salt Lake City radio station KRCL coincided with the final day of the state Legislature's 2018 session.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop.
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The new mayor of a mostly polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border is finishing an overhaul of municipal staff and boards following mass resignations when she took office in January and became the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat.

Six of seven municipal workers for the town of Hildale, Utah, quit after Mayor Donia Jessop was elected and took charge of the local government run by the sect for more than a century.

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