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Today is the last day for Utahns to register to vote for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election. At the same time, many countries, including Cache County are holding mail-in only elections.




PANDOS, which stands for Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support was one of the groups gathered in downtown Salt Lake City. Organization chairman Carl Moore told UPR the protest was part prayer and part standing in solidarity. Some chose to protest by locking themselves to each other inside the Wells Fargo Center. 

Nicole Fuller/Sayo Art for University of Texas Austin

It’s a classic. The T. rex towering above a trembling human, sharp teeth exposed as an earth-shattering roar is released. Filmmakers setting up a scene like this have to answer a tough question, “What did dinosaurs actually sound like?”

Herbert Announces Inland Port Committee

Oct 27, 2016
World Trade Center Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Monday that an exploratory committee has been formed to evaluate a proposal to create an inland port in the Salt Lake City area. While the Beehive State has its advantages, infrastructure improvements need to be made for the project to move forward.


A Cedar City man is dead after a fall while hunting in Kane County.

Family members had last contact with 42-year-old Ryan Shakespeare by radio around 6:30pm Monday night. When he had still not returned by Tuesday morning, family contacted the Kane County Sheriff's Department.  Search and rescue efforts were mobilized, but the sheriff's office was contacted by family members who had located Shakespeare at the base of a cliff, and in need of medical attention.  The family then communicated that Shakespeare was deceased.


Noelle Cockett, current Provost at Utah State University, will soon be the 16th president of the University.


A new report on the feasibility of transferring the management of some 25 million acres of federal lands to the state of Wyoming said the process would present major financial, administrative and legislative challenges.

One high school student is taking a different approach to combat sexual assault. She’s literally fighting against it.

McMullin: Post-GOP Conservative Movement Needed

Oct 24, 2016

Independent candidate Evan McMullin has received support from disaffected Republican Party members who are adamant that Donald Trump does not represent them. What will those frustrated voters do after November 8?

Victor Leshyk

It resembles a chameleon, but it’s not. Nor is it a dinosaur or crocodile. In fact, it doesn’t have any living descendants or close relatives—it’s named Drepanosaurus and scientists find this prehistoric creature quite odd, but oh so fascinating.

Utah's School-To-Prison Pipeline, Part 2

Oct 21, 2016

Peer court programs have shown promising results in reducing the number of students who find themselves in legal trouble. According to a National Institute of Justice study, students who went through youth court were significantly less likely to reoffend. Peer courts use positive peer pressure by having high school student volunteers examine each case and come up with a solution that will help the offender as well as the wider school community.

Utah's School-To-Prison Pipeline, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016

Students with disciplinary problems often find themselves sooner or later in trouble with the law. According to Nubia Peña, J.D., Program Coordinator at Racially Just Utah, the Beehive State is not immune to the school-to-prison pipeline.


Officials have announced the final four candidates in the running to become the next president of Utah State University.

After a defeat in 2014, Tryon didn’t plan to run again but he says he changed his mind when Chaffetz stood him up for a scheduled meeting in Washington.




Youth suicide rates have nearly tripled since 2007 and suicide is now the leading cause of death among 10 to 17 year olds in Utah.


U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and his Democratic opponent clashed on medical marijuana, climate change, and the Republican's continued support for Donald Trump at a debate.

Doctor Peter Clemens challenged the seven-term incumbent during a spirited event in Ogden on Monday.


West Valley City's police force is seeking national accreditation three years after public confidence in the force has decreased.

Police in the Salt Lake City suburb lost the trust of many residents after the controversial shooting of an unarmed woman in 2013.

Chris Holmes


A fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter have joined the fight against the Hicks Springs Fire burning southeast of Cedar City, although, each were able to complete less than a handful of sorties before darkness ensued Monday night.

What Are The Chances Of A President McMullin?

Oct 14, 2016

“Donald Trump, in truth, is not aligned with them and nor is Hillary Clinton. So, if we get that far, I believe that I am going to be able to make a case to them that will be compelling. I believe that I and Mindy, we can emerge victorious as a better option than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with potentially even bipartisan support. The Democrats will realize they won’t be able to elect Hillary Clinton. They’d much rather have me than Donald Trump, I guarantee it.”

The Herald Journal

  On Oct. 7, Torrey Green -- now a former USU football player -- was arrested on four counts of rape, one count of aggravated sexual assault, and one count of kidnapping.

In 2015, four different women reported to Utah State University and Logan police that they had been sexually assaulted by Green, but no formal charges were immediately made.

Will Millennials Decide Utah's Electoral Votes?

Oct 13, 2016

Voting at 18 is considered a rite of passage for young Americans, like getting a first car or moving out on their own. Yet, in the 2014 mid-term elections, only about 20 percent of young eligible voters cast their ballot. Dr. Damon Cann, a political science professor at Utah State University, says that voter apathy weighs heavily on elections in the United States.

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee underlined his differences with presidential nominee Donald Trump and defended his position on the balance between religious and LGBT rights during a debate against Democratic newcomer Misty Snow.


According to a new report from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, wind power could become a lot cheaper in the years to come.


The US senate race in Utah pits the nation’s first transgender candidate for senator against an incumbent republican, in a predominantly red state.

4th Congressional District Debate

Oct 11, 2016


  Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens used their first and likely only debate this year to spar over the congresswoman's use of taxpayer-funded congressional mailing services.