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10:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Utah Woman Recovering After Drinking Tea Laced with Lye

Jan and Jim Harding
Courtesy photo

The family of the woman who was severely injured when she drank sweet tea mixed with lye at a Dickey’s Barbeque in South Jordan spoke to the media Thursday at their attorney’s office. Family members say they are not thinking at this time about pressing charges, but their lawyer says he is gathering evidence and witness testimony of the incident.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Drug Busts Get 31 Pounds of Heroin Off Salt Lake Streets

DEA agent Nicki Hollmann explains how drug traffickers transport heroin.
Whittney Evans

Law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake County seized 31 pounds of heroin in a series of busts from February through July of this year.   But cracking down on the drug trade is complicated and could have some negative consequences.

Officials say the demand for heroin in Utah is a public health crisis. Drug cartels operating from Mexico are bringing significant volumes of the drug into the state. The latest series of busts led to 21 arrests accompanied by charges that range from distribution and racketeering to money laundering.

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Public Lands
3:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Is Utah Ignoring the Cost of Fighting Wildfires in Public Lands Debate?

University of Utah Center for Natural and Technological Hazrds

A conservation group says states like Utah that are demanding control over federal public lands are ignoring the costs of managing that land – including the cost of fighting wildfires. 

Utah passed a state law in 2012 demanding the federal government turn over title to its public lands within the state by the end of this year, and authorizing a lawsuit if the feds don’t cooperate.

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Religion
2:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

LDS Blogger Responds to Call to Use Social Media

LDS blogger Allison Kimball with her husband and nine children
www.allisonkimball.com

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging Mormons to “sweep the earth” with positive messages in social media.  One LDS blogger says she's already trying to do that.

Elder David Bednar of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles gave a talk at Brigham Young University on Monday, saying members of the church have only begun to tap the potential of social media.  He encouraged Mormons to do much more – without going overboard.

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Business & Labor
2:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Sen. Mike Lee Criticizes Regulatory Climate at Utah Solutions Summit

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT
Brian Grimmett

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, criticized the United States’ regulatory climate in Salt Lake on Thursday at the Utah Solutions Summit.

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Energy & Environment
4:47 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Eagle Mountain Council Accepts Rocky Mountain Power’s Bid to Buy City’s Utilities

Eagle Mountain City officials voted Tuesday to approve Rocky Mountain Power's bid to purchase its municipal power company. But it will be up to voters to make a final decision in November.

Eagle Mountain is projected to be among the fastest growing areas in the state over the coming decades. That’s one of the reasons City Councilor Tom Westmoreland thinks the city should get out of the power business.

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Public Safety
4:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Victims of North Salt Lake Landslide Waiting For Someone to Take Responsibility

The tennis courts at the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake City officials have declared they are not responsible or at fault for the recent landslide that destroyed one home and damaged the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club.

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says officials posted the statement on the city’s website to clarify their position and correct what they saw as misinformation. While Arave says the city isn’t responsible, he wouldn’t offer up who he thinks is to blame.

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Energy & Environment
4:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Salt Lake City: A "Heat Island" with Health Consequences

Salt Lake City, like other cities, captures heat and holds onto it much longer than surrounding communities in rural Utah, because it is a "Heat Island."
Credit Garrett / Flickr Creative Commons

Cities are getting hotter thanks to climate change. And the heat in cities is rising faster than rural America. It’s a trend playing out in Utah.

Eric Pardyjak is a University of Utah mechanical engineering professor who studies what are called “heat islands,” which generally make summer nights hotter in cities than in rural communities.

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Education
4:19 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Utah Students Outshine Other States in ACT Scores

Utah State Office of Education

Utah students have the highest ACT scores in the nation-- among states that test all of their high school juniors. This is the second year the state has topped the list since officials began paying for all public school students to take the college entrance exam, back in 2012.

Last year, Utah trumped eight states on ACT scores. This year it outscored 12, as more states have decided to offer the exam to students for free.  The exam costs upwards of $40 per student.

Mark Peterson is a spokesperson for the Utah State Office of Education.

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Energy & Environment
2:36 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Grand County Council Delays Coalition Vote

Grand County Courthouse in Moab, Utah

The Grand County Council has decided to take another look at joining a coalition that will pool resources on construction of roads and other projects in eastern Utah. 

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition was created earlier this year to study rail links, pipelines and road proposals stretching from Daggett County in the north to San Juan County in the south.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Salt Lake City Police Chief: This Is Not Ferguson

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank
Whittney Evans

With all eyes on the death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri and two recent officer involved shootings in Salt Lake City, Police Chief Chris Burbank opened his doors to members of the media today to discuss appropriate vs. inappropriate force.

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LGBT
3:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ACLU Opposes Extension of Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Appeal Deadline

ACLU of Utah staff and volunteers march in the Utah Pride Parade.
Photo courtesy ACLU of Utah

The Utah Attorney General’s Office is asking for more time to file its opening briefs in the case involving same-sex marriage recognition, but the ACLU opposes the extension.

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Business & Labor
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Utah Reaches 100K Jobs Goal

Gov. Gary Herbert announces that Utah created 112,200 jobs in the last 1000 days.
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says his challenge to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days was a huge success.

In his 2012 state of the state address Governor Gary Herbert challenged the private sector to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. The unemployment rate at the time was 5.8%.  Now at the end of the challenge, Herbert says they were actually able to create 112, 200 jobs.

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Energy & Environment
1:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Grand County Council Considers Joining Coalition

Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah
Dan Bammes

Six counties in eastern Utah have formed a coalition to plan and build infrastructure projects such as roads and rail lines.  The Grand County Council will decide this afternoon whether to join the group.

Grand County is the last to consider joining what’s called the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.  It was formed earlier this year and already includes Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and San Juan counties.

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Utah Politics
4:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Utah GOP Chairman Says Alliance for a Better Utah Sponsored Debates Are Political Trickery

File: Utah GOP Chairman James Evans speaks at the Utah GOP convention
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is encouraging several legislative candidates to not participate in debates organized by groups that include Alliance for a Better Utah.

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Public Safety
3:29 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Police Looking for Suspects in Salt Lake City Nightclub Shooting

Whittney Evans

Police are still searching for the suspect involved in a Salt Lake City night club shooting over the weekend. A crowd of people were caught in a hail of gunfire on Saturday at Inferno Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and dance club, located at 122 West Pierpont Avenue in Salt Lake City.  Six people suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting. Police Detective Greg Wilking says when the suspect fled the bar, an armed security guard from inside the club followed and fired at least one round, uncertain if the bullet hit anyone.

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Public Safety
3:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Cyberattack Hits Tooele Medical Center

Mountain West Medical Center is one of 206 hospitals owned, leased, or operated by Community Health Systems.

The personal information of patients at a Tooele hospital has been exposed in a cyberattack. Administrators at Community Health Systems, which operates Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, say the attack took information from its computer network earlier this year.

The Tennessee company says that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But the company said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, phone and Social Security numbers.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State May Intervene In Millard County Election Case

Millard County Courthouse, Fillmore, Utah
Bob Weston

  The state of Utah may intervene in a lawsuit challenging the results of a primary election in Millard County.  A court decision last Friday raises a number of issues that aren’t addressed by Utah’s current law.

The initial count of votes in the June 24th Republican primary for a seat on the Millard County Commission showed the incumbent candidate, James Withers, losing to Jim Dyer by one vote.  A second count showed Withers winning by five votes.

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Business & Labor
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Utah Employment Rate On Steady Climb in July

Credit File: Department of Workforce Services

The number of Utahns with non-farm jobs grew by an estimated 3.6 percent in July. That’s equal to nearly 46-thousand jobs. The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for July today Friday.  DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne says it’s the highest growth so far this year.

“Our largest job gains were in the construction industry, trade, transportation and utilities and in education services,” says Mayne.

It was another great month for Utah in terms of job growth. Mayne says all 10 private sector industries showed job gains during the period.

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Local Government
4:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Salt Lake City Council, Mayor's Office Disagree on Golf Course Solution

Avatar/Media via Wikimedia Commons

The Salt Lake City Council doesn’t want to shut down any more golf courses, but the mayor’s office says it might be necessary to ensure the golf program is sustainable for the long term.

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Utah Politics
2:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Democrats Unhappy About Timing of Sen. Valentine's Resignation

File: Utah Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are unhappy with the timing of Republican State Senator John Valentine’s resignation.

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Energy & Environment
2:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Compromise Possible in Morgan County Sage Grouse Dispute

The Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Phil Douglass/Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Landowners won a decision from the Morgan County Planning Commission Thursday night. Conservation groups had asked them to protect a nesting area for the greater sage grouse. But it appears a compromise is already in the works.

The group of about 50 landowners wants to develop a new resort community near East Canyon Reservoir. They were asking the Morgan County Planning Commission to change the designation of their property on the county’s master land use plan from “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community.”

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Transportation
4:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

City Considers Changes to Legalize Lyft

Pkg203 via Wikimedia Commons

This summer, Salt Lake City began issuing warning citations to Lyft and Uber drivers, but city officials are considering a plan to accommodate the ride sharing business model, with some conditions.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
3:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Democratic AG Candidate Says Suing Fed. Government Is Wrong Way to Deal with Public Lands

File: Democratic AG Candidate Charles Stormont
Brian Grimmett

A growing group of Utah lawmakers want to take control of land inside the states borders that is managed by the federal government. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont is arguing that the federal courts should not be the place to stage that fight.

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Public Safety
2:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Salt Lake County Rolling Out Funding for New Valley-Wide Commuter Bicycle Network

Salt Lake County unveils valley-wide commuter bike route plan.
Credit File: Salt Lake County Bicycle Commuter Network

Salt Lake County officials have announced a new grant program available to area cities to improve the commuter bicycle experience.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says the plan is to use a small portion of the $40-million plus transportation budget to double the number of bicycle commuters in a relatively short period of time.

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Local Government
5:48 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

West Jordan City Council Reviews Pay and Benefits for Departing City Manager

West Jordan City

The West Jordan City Council is meeting tonight to consider approving a severance package for former city manager Richard Davis, who resigned from the position on Tuesday.

West Jordan City’s council-manager form of government means Richard Davis was responsible for most of the city’s day-to-day operations. Now, according to city code, assistant city manager Bryce Haderlie will assume that role in the interim.

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Health Care
5:16 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

IMC Unveils Larger, More Powerful MRI Device

Unidentified MRI staff at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray demonstrate the extra-large size of the new General Electric 1.5 Tesla.
Credit File: Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Medical Center has unveiled their new, larger and more powerful 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI Wednesday.

Linda Campbell is the MRI Coordinator for IHC’s Urban Central Region.  She says improving technology enhances the machinery in the real world.

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Utah Politics
3:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Mike Lee Asks Small Group of Donors to Verify 2010 Contributions

File: Sen. Mike Lee
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee has asked a small number of donors to verify that their contributions in 2010 actually came out of their own pockets.

Allegations that Sen. Lee received so called “straw man” donations first surfaced during the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow. In an unsealed search warrant Jeremy Johnson says that Swallow asked him to help funnel $50 thousand to the Lee campaign by giving money to friends and family who would then donate to Lee. That information led the Alliance for a Better Utah to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

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Energy & Environment
1:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Sage Grouse Central to Morgan County Land Use Controversy

Males strut on a greater sage grouse lek in Morgan County, UT
Dan Bammes

  Conservationists say a change in Morgan County’s master land use plan could have a big impact on the future of the greater sage grouse in Utah.  A potential resort development is the subject of a hearing planned for Thursday evening.

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Business & Labor
7:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Drop in Utah Gasoline Prices Lags Notable National Trend

Credit File: Ocalapost.com

Utahns will have to wait to enjoy the rest of the country’s overall downward trend in gasoline prices.

AAA reports Tuesday’s national average of $3.47 per gallon is 18 cents lower than last month. Utah’s price is only 4 cents lower. Randy Shumway is the economic advisor to Zions Bank. He says aside from any major unforeseen global political or economic events, the state will follow its long history of lagging as fuel prices fall nationally.

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