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A Utah Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a man who authorities were worried might have been on his way to a crowded parade while being chased.

Investigators say there were indications that 32-year-old Cody Ray McCray might have wanted to die in a "suicide by cop" situation during the chase on Tuesday.

Since the start of VidAngel in 2013, the company has been in hot water for making a profit by editing third-party media content. During its shutdown, VidAngel has been working on keeping the service but is executing it in a different way.

National Institutes of Health

A Utah interest group spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana claims it has support from most Utahns. 


Lainey Anthony works for her mother, who runs TNT Fireworks in Cache County. It is the last Thursday in June and already the stand is open for selling fireworks.


Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's becoming a Fox News Channel contributor to keep his voice in politics while starting a consulting firm and writing a book after he leaves Congress this week.

Chaffetz told The Associated Press Wednesday that he doesn't expect he'll be on Fox News every day but he'll have flexibility to weigh in on matters in Washington whether he's at home in Utah or traveling.

Think Smart During Fire Season: Don't Be The One To Blame

Jun 28, 2017
Miami Herald

With a large amount of invasive weeds feeding Utah wildfires, officials say Utahns can play a role in preventing more fires.

Lisa Gabbert is the director of the folklore program at Utah State University. She will being going to Wyoming with a group of 12 graduate students preparing for a dude ranching research trip at Grand Teton National Park.

Hannah Russell

You get a rain gauge, measure the precipitation once a day, and upload the information via the web or app—it’s a citizen science project that only takes a few minutes and has real-time application, said Henry Reges, national coordinator of the precipitation reporting network known as CoCoRaHS. 


While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

A music festival in Wasatch County is focusing on diversity of music - from electric to hip hop to indie rock. Beginning this weekend, new acts are being performed at the second annual Bonanza Campout.

Chris Holmes

Now at over 11,000 acres burned, the Brian Head Fire continues to expand in size and property damage as it crosses from Iron County into Garfield County.  


A 23-year-old man drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a cold pond in Farmington Tuesday night. Police say the man’s body cramped up while swimming the 30 feet back to shore.


A small town located eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park is considered to be in a state of emergency due to a water shortage.

New Sunblocks And Worsened Ozone Depletion

Jun 21, 2017

There are new physical component sun blocks found in local drugstores to help protect skin this summer. The sun block’s components include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are used as protection from ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B and infrared radiation.

Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate. 


Although there was no growth on Sunday in the size of the wild fire that threatens the town of Brian Head, the situation remains volatile and the town still very much under threat.

On Thursday, reporters and producers from Utah Public Radio took home 17 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists award ceremony. The awards include four 1sts, five 2nds, four 3rds and four honorable mentions. Here's a list of all the winners and their stories:

An American Author Book Signing In Cuba

Jun 16, 2017

An American author who is said to have a love for ‘authors, cars and cigars,’ is the first to hold a book signing in Cuba since the death of Fidel Castro in November 2016.

Alyssa Robinson

Logan, Utah’s 34th annual Summerfest Arts Faire features a new traditional arts component.

Utahns Efforts Are Helping Trafficked Children In Mexico

Jun 15, 2017
22 Moon

Utah-based Operation Underground Railroad, an anti-human trafficking organization, has become an officially recognized charity in Mexico. By declaring itself as a charity, the organization will be able to host fundraisers to raise money and awareness for child exploitation operations in the country.


Authorities say escaped polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was living out of his car when he was captured in South Dakota.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart said in Salt Lake City on Thursday that a tip led to Jeffs' capture at a recreation-area marina southwest of Sioux Falls.


The Smithfield Senior Center will see major budget cuts this year along with other publicly funded organizations.

Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?

Jun 14, 2017

In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. 

In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act, Sec. Zinke’s report notes there are "objects of historic or scientific interest” within Bears Ears, but recommends shrinking its boundaries to "the smallest area compatible" with their preservation. The report did not detail how the monument should be shrunk.


Wildfires continue to burn throughout Utah and are fanned by windy conditions. A Monday afternoon fire quickly moved through about six acres of dry grass in Cedar City destroying buildings and other structures.


Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week.