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Employers are planning to hire four percent more graduates from the Class of 2018 than they did from the Class of 2017 according to a new study from Wallethub. One city in Utah is the best place in the nation to start a career.

Salt Lake City is ranked number one in the United States to start a career. WalletHub compared more than 180 major U.S. cities based on 27 key indicators of career-friendliness.

West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A Salt Lake City high school student is in juvenile detention after allegedly bringing a gun to school Thursday.

School district spokeswoman Yándary Chatwin said that the West High School ninth-grade boy had indicated he was holding the handgun for someone else and that there was no immediate threat to the school. It's unclear who he was holding it for.

Utah Official Calls Community Forum To Prevent Youth Suicide In Utah.

Utah suicide prevention researcher Michael Staley says suicide isn't easily explained, and a community forum won't end suicide or suicidal behavior. But he calls it a start.

A Thursday evening meeting in Herriman drew about 400 couples, families with teens, school administrators, pastors and counselors.

Utah-based Company Creates Free Escape Room Download Kit

May 17, 2018
Getout Games

When Dallin Henrie was asked to create an escape room for a Mormon youth activity, he thought the challenge sounded fun. As the owner of Getout Games in Provo and Salt Lake City, Henrie has experience designing these types of rooms.

Busy sidewalk outside the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City
Dani Hayes

Understanding its popularity, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, wanted to make the musical more accessible to the youth. So, in a partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Miranda created the Hamilton Education Program

Utah Prision

A 20-year-old Utah man accused in the shooting death of a man authorities say was a rival gang member has been charged with murder.

Kaden Michael Gilliatt was charged Wednesday. The station reports he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Mormon leadership calls for racial harmony.

Top leaders from the NAACP and Mormon church are calling for greater racial harmony and mutual respect following the first official meeting between national leaders of the civil rights organization and Utah-based religion.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the alliance should be an example for others to work in harmony and with greater civility as he read prepared remarks during a media event in Salt Lake City Thursday. Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson called for greater racial and ethnic harmony.

Utah man jailed in Venezuelan prison.

A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for Americans' help getting out of a Caracas jail where he has been held for two years without trial.

In two short videos shot on a cellphone and posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, Joshua Holt said his life was threatened during a disturbance by inmates who include President Nicolas Maduro's top opponents. Venezuela's chief prosecutor sent a commission to the jail to discuss the prisoners' demands.

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Major cuts in news room jobs at both the Ogden Standard-Examiner last week and Salt Lake Tribune on Monday have prompted many conversations about the future of Utah journalism.

Uptick In Lyme Disease Could Put Your Pet At Risk

May 16, 2018
If we’re outside and we’re exposing our self to ticks and our pets are with us, then they’re at risk as well.

You may be at risk for Lyme disease this summer, so doctors are using the month of May to spread awareness. Veterinarians are also working with clients to help prevent their pets from flees, ticks and Lyme disease.

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During national Infrastructure Week, a coalition of business, conservation and veterans groups is calling on Congress to tackle an $11 billion backlog of deferred maintenance in America's national parks.

Utah Valley University

The former head of Utah Valley University's anti-discrimination office has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of unfairly firing her after she raised concerns about potential discrimination against women and non-Mormons.

Melissa Frost said Tuesday that she faced retaliation for whistleblowing about the university's hiring practices and disregard for reports of harassment. She filed a lawsuit in state court last week.

Mormon (LDS) Church wants rape case thrown out.

The Mormon church is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing leaders of brushing aside rape allegations against a former missionary training center director.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in court documents filed Tuesday that many people who could have testified about what happened in 1984 have died or are left with only cloudy memories, leaving the faith unable to fully defend itself.

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the ninety-five percent of the word’s consumers who live outside the U.S.
Brian Champagne

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside the U.S.

Chinese tariffs have some producers worried, but trade with other countries show promise for the future.

Woman injured after crash in Tesla car using the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode.

The driver of a Tesla electric car that hit a Utah fire department vehicle over the weekend says the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode was engaged at the time of the crash.

Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan said Monday the driver also said in an interview that she was looking at her phone before the accident.

Zion National Park site of vandalism

Officials say a vandal turned himself in after receiving backlash on social media for defacing a rock at a popular hiking spot in Zion National Park.

Authorities say the visitor wrote his Instagram username on a rock at Angels Landing in the southwestern Utah park.

Couple from Ogden, UT pleads not guilty for death of toddler

An Ogden couple accused of killing their 3-year-old daughter last year have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile entered their pleas in a northern Utah courtroom Monday.

The Salina City Police have a 20-year-old in custody after an apparent threat to local schools was posted on the man’s social media account.

The threat was on a Snapchat story with a picture of someone holding a large military style bullet. The caption of the picture read, “don’t go to school tomorrow.”


In the next week or so, Logan city will start spraying for adult mosquitos. Residents who don’t want their property treated can contact the city to opt out.

UDOT Repaving US-91 From Logan To Smithfield

May 14, 2018
UDOT Resurfacing of US-91 From 1000 N in Logan to 900 South in Smithfield

Through the end of July, the Utah Department of Transportation will resurface Main Street in Logan, from 10th North to 900 South in Smithfield. 

BLM keeps Utah staffers from archaeology conference

The federal Bureau of Land Management reportedly blocked at least 14 staff archaeologists — including some specialists from Utah — from attending a conference of the Society for American Archaeology in Washington, D.C. over cost concerns

The staffers were scheduled to lead a symposium entitled "Tough Issues in Land Management Archaeology."

Car crash in Saratoga Springs kills 1 and injures 5

Authorities say one person is dead and five others injured in a two-car crash in Saratoga Springs.

City police say the accident occurred early Sunday and the cause remains under investigation.

St. George Temple damaged by intruder.

A Mormon church spokesman says an intruder broke into a church temple in southern Utah and damaged furniture, artwork and other terms before being stopped by church workers and arrested by police.

Eric Hawkins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the St. George Temple resumed normal operations after the incident Saturday morning.

Utah Teens host 'Queer Prom' Saturday night

The second annual alternative prom in Logan designed to make LGBTQ students feel comfortable was organized by teenagers this time and was called "Queer Prom."

Oliver Wesley, the son of Logan Pride Foundation President Rikki Wheatley-Boxx, was on the planning committee for this year's prom. He says there's a push, among younger generations, to reclaim the word "queer."

Transactions on all 365 days of the 2017 calendar year were analyzed to identify consumer spending patterns. Last year, Mother’s Day was one of the worst days for sales at local, independent restaurants in Utah.

Mother’s Day is among the best sales days of the year nationally for local restaurants but ranks 298th in Utah, according to new data analysis from Womply.