State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January that it's uncertain whether the agency can afford to operate its costly new projects. UTA officials say they're confident they can rein in the debt, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, some lawmakers want to know how.
Ten years after Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic Winter Games, Governor Gary Herbert and other Utah leaders are looking to do it again. He joined the mayor of Utah’s capital city this week to announce an exploratory committee has been formed to look at bidding for another Olympics. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on when they’re hoping the games might be coming to Utah.
One state lawmaker’s attempt to bring Utah's residential building codes up to date hasn’t been assigned a committee hearing, despite widespread support from local governments, businesses and residents. Republican Representative Fred Cox says adopting the latest building codes for new homes is important for public safety and energy cost savings, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, at least one organization is fighting the change, saying it would cost homeowners too much.
A vote by a Senate committee Tuesday may be a sign that looser restrictions are coming for Utah’s billboard companies. One senator wants cities and counties to have less control over billboard regulations, including electronic billboards. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what this means for Salt Lake City, which is looking to pass billboard restrictions of its own.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority announced Monday it will extend power to 62 families over the next three years. The General Manager said families living near the generating station have waited for years for this opportunity.
The project will cost $3.1 million, and 17 homes will have power by the end of this year. UPR's Vicki Barker reports.
I-15 is open again after being closed for most of yesterday, while police dealt with a delicate stand-off situation.
Laverken police tried to make a traffic stop at about 11 a.m. Monday, and the man driving sped off onto I-15. Inside his car he had a gun and two children. For over eight hours I-15 was closed as authorities tried to negotiate with the man. Chris Holmes has the story.
The Utah Senate gave final approval to a bill today that bans drivers under 18 years old from talking on a cell phone while driving. However, Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero explained his legislation was amended to clarify exactly what type of cell phone use would be banned.
A $1 million donation was received at Southern Utah University from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. This money will go toward building an accredited state-of-the-art fine arts museum on the SUU campus.
Authorities have no doubt the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is responsible for the explosive fire Sunday that killed their two children and himself yesterday in Washington State. The investigation is in full swing in Pierce County as the Sheriff's Department begins to fill holes in the case.
More than two years after the disappearance of West Valley City resident Susan Powell, her husband and the only person of interest ever named in the case killed himself and their two boys yesterday. Police in Washington say Josh Powell used accelerants to set his home on fire when his children were brought there for a supervised visit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail spoke with Josh Powell’s brother-in-law after the tragedy, and reports on how the family is reacting.
Sonic booms have been common place for the past few weeks -- especially at night, but after Friday things should quiet down a bit for residents of southern Nevada and southwestern Utah. Chris Holmes explains the military training exercises that have been causing the rattling sound-barrier breaking ruckus.
The Utah Senate signed off on a bill this morning that revamps the five citizen boards within Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality, such as the air quality and drinking water boards. But that didn’t happen until it was amended to guarantee that environmental groups would have representation on them. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator Margaret Dayton, said she approved of the amendment, which was sponsored by a Democratic lawmaker.
Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about the scanner recordings released by Weber County authorities from the January 4th shooting in Odgen that resulted in an officer's death and the Roy teenagers who are faced with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and plotting to blow up a high school.
Utah kids now have protection against identify theft. Tuesday, the state launched a new program aimed at stopping identity fraud before it happens. Listen to the story to learn how the program works and then go to www.idtheft.utah.gov to register your child.
A bill that lowers the age difference allowed between an older teenager and his or her sexual partner received unanimous support in a House committee yesterday. As Whittney Evans reports, Utah currently allows a 16 or 17 year old to have sex with someone who is less than 10 years older, but one Republican lawmaker says that age gap is too wide.
A fire sparked by a welder's torch burned paper, plastics, and styrofoam at a Box Elder County recycling plant Wednesday afternoon. Smoke from the Deweyville blaze could be seen as far away as Brigham City. Early damage estimates are close to 1 million dollars. Highway 38 was closed due to the fire.