In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Moab School District is ready to employ a full-time sheriffs deputy whose only job is school security.
The deputy’s time would be divided among Moab’s three public school campuses. The effort is being spearheaded by Sheriff Steven White, who has worked with the school’s Safety Committee during the last 10 years, ever since the Columbine shootings in Colorado.
The St. George City Council and Washington County Commission has voted unanimously to recommend that the name “Dixie” continue to be included in any new name for Dixie State College. The request is non-binding on school administration, but the vote does reflect widespread support for the traditional name as the college moves toward university status.
Utah State Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) is hoping to bring more transparency to the state legislature this year by running a bill that would prohibit boxcar legislation. Boxcar bills have limited language in the title and are often used by legislators to run bills in the last few days of the session.
“It’s a tool that’s used by legislators in order to be ready in the event that they have something that comes up that they want to do by just having a bill that out there in a generic title that could be a priority bill if they decide to do so.”
A federal judge in Phoenix, Ariz. has thrown out part of a federal law suit against the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. The U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Colorado City and Hildale did not operate a community park nor a zoo included in the lawsuit, which made claims that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denied access to the park and zoo to non-FLDS members irrelevant. The U.S. Justice Department opted not to fight the judge's decision.
The closing of Hostess Brands continues to affect thousands of Utah residents everyday. Since the company closed its doors, two of the breads approved by the Utah Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, a food assistance program, have been discontinued, leaving some who rely on the program without any options for bread.
Sixty seven thousand people currently use Utah’s WIC program. Linda Schiele, Vendor Manager for the State’s program explains how it works.
The federal government has given Utah the initial go-ahead to move forward with its existing state-run health insurance exchange. Utah was one of four states led by Republican governors to get approvals Thursday morning from Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Cardall who died in 2009 after a Hurricane City police officer shocked him with a taser.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the parties entered into a “mutual general settlement agreement and release of all claims” in the suit over the death of Cardall, a Utah native who was at the time a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Later this week, the Green Family from the Utah community of Herriman will bring home their sixth child adopted from China. The arrival of this new community member has residents wondering what they can do to support their neighbors and their adopted children with unique and special circumstances.
“The idea sprouted that, 'let’s have a 5000 piece puzzle of the Green family and people can purchase a piece of that puzzle.'” - Puzzle Them Home organizer Chrissy Probst